Saturday, July 16, 2011

What the Bell!

Walla Walla vs. Kitsap

- It was just one of those series.  The Sweets managed just four runs over the course of three games, all losses, against the Bellingham Bells.
- Last night, Tim Culligan was dominating, retiring the first 16 Bells he faced.  He allowed just one run on four hits but took the loss as Adrian Sampson retired 17 straight at one point, eventually losing the shutout in the 9th.  Culligan has allowed just two runs over his last three starts totaling 23 innings.
- Walla Walla swept the BlueJackets last weekend, 5-1, 4-1 and 10-5.  That sweep kept Kitsap on a slide that eventually reached 10 games.
- With Culligan's brilliant outing, the Sweets now feature four of the top ten pitchers ERA-wise in the West Coast League.  Brett Watson (1.50), Aaron Hoverson (1.59), Ryan Richardson (1.61) and Culligan (1.86).
- Kitsap starter Richie Mascheri is just outside at 2.03 and has thrown a league-high 57.2 innings this summer.
- He allowed three runs over seven innings and struck out 7 last week against the Sweets but was saddled with the loss.
- Zach Wentz was 5-9 against Kitsap last weekend and Scott Gottschling and Kevin Williams each drove in five runs over the three games.
- Ryan Richardson starts tonight for the Sweets and is looking for his first win since opening night.  In his last two starts the Sweets have been shutout both times, 1-0 and 2-0.  He faced Kitsap once last summer, giving up three runs on six hits over eight innings and earned a no decision in a 4-3 Sweets win.

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