Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Another Sweets rally falls short

For the second-straight day the Sweets put together a seventh-inning rally. And for the second consecutive day it wasn't enough to defeat Bend. On Sunday, the Sweets tied the game 3-3 with two runs in the seventh only to fall 4-3 on a home run in the eighth. On Tuesday, Walla Walla scored five runs in the top of the seventh to pull within one, 7-6, but left the bases loaded and eventually lost, 9-6.

More notes from around the ballpark:
- The Sweets have lost the first two games of their six-game road trip. Walla Walla and Bend finish their series tonight before the Sweets travel to Corvallis for three games with the Knights.
- Jarrod Turner extended his hitting streak to seven games with a hit on Monday. He has also reached base safely in all eight games this season.
- In the Sweets' seventh-inning rally on Monday, 10 batters came to the plate and eight consecutive hitters reached at one point. Kevin Hawk, Jared Jordan and Kalani Brackenridge ripped consecutive RBI singles to make it 7-4, an infield error made it 7-5 and Turner's bases-loaded walk made it 7-6.
- Zach Brandon started for the Sweets and lasted just four innings. He struck out three and walked one. Brandon has struck out 11 in 11 innings this season.
- Batting 8-9 in the order, Jordan and Brackenridge each had two hits on Monday. After picking up RBI singles in the seventh, they started a Sweets' rally in the ninth with back-to-back leadoff singles.
- Tyler Billen made his longest appearance of the summer on Monday. He retired the first six batters he faced before allowing both batters he faced in the eighth to reach.
- Luke West registered another scoreless inning of relief, retiring the final three Elks.
- Turner's .417 batting average is currently fifth in the WCL.
- Walla Walla made four errors on Monday and have now made 15 this season.
- The Sweets will look to avoid being swept in a regular-season series for the first time since last July when they were swept at home by the Bellingham Bells.
- Walla Walla will face right-hander Daniel Chavez from Bend. The Sweets faced him twice last season, going 1-1.

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