Monday, August 8, 2011

One win and we're in!

Walla Walla vs. Wenatchee

- All the Walla Walla Sweets need to do is win one more game to clinch their first playoff berth in team history.  They'll have to get it against East Division-leader Wenatchee though.  Oh, a Bellingham loss to Kelowna will also wrap up a playoff spot for the Sweets.
- Wenatchee has won five of the first six games against the Sweets this summer.  They swept WW at Borleske Stadium in mid-June and then took two-of-three in Wenatchee in early July.
- The Sweets only win against the Applesox this summer came on July 4 as the Sweets rallied from 4-2 down in the eighth to win 5-4.
- Alex Stanford was named WCL Player of the Week on Monday for his performance over the last seven days.  Stanford hit .484 (15-31) in that span, including four three-hit games and a game-winning home run against Cowlitz in the tenth inning yesterday.
- Riding an eight-game hitting streak, Stanford leads the league in hits with 63 and average (.344).  He also stolen a base in seven-straight games.  His 15 stolen bases are fifth in the league.
- Last night's victory over Cowlitz was the fifth time this summer the Sweets have won a game when trailing after seven innings.  Scott Gottschling's RBI single in top of the ninth with two outs and two strikes tied the game and Stanford gave the Sweets the lead with his home run in the top of the tenth.
- With the win, the Sweets took two-of-three from the Black Bears and finished the season 4-5 against them.  It also concluded their final road trip of the summer. WW went 4-2 on the trip and finish the regular season 13-14 on the road.
- A day shy of his 21st birthday, Andrew Mendenhall became the fourth Sweets player this summer to collect four hits in a single game.  He missed out on a chance for five as he grounded out in the top of the tenth.
- The Sweets hit three home runs on the night, the most as a team in a single game this summer.  They have 17 this summer and are tied with Bend for second in the league.  Walla Walla has not homered at home since June 20.
- Elliot Stewart's solo home run in the sixth was his fifth of the summer but just his first since July 4 against Wenatchee.
- Simon Anderson earned his fifth save of the summer with a 1-2-3 tenth and earned saves in three of the four wins on the trip.  He has not allowed a run since June 17 against Wenatchee.  He has put together ten-straight scoreless appearances in that span, totaling 11.1 innings.
- Since the Bells swept the Sweets on July 15 they have gone 4-14.  Walla Walla is 12-6 over that same stretch.

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