In a 180-degree turn from Tuesday night, the Sweets were pounded by the Falcons on Wednesday evening. Kelowna scored five runs in the second inning and then plated seven runs over the middle innings to put the game away. They racked up 21 hits in the ballgame and held the Sweets to just 6 hits.
Now some notes from around the ballpark:
- Wednesday marked the fourth time this season the Sweets have allowed 10 or more runs in a game. They have allowed 38 runs in their last three league games.
- The Sweets were hit by four pitches on Wednesday but were picked off twice on the basepaths and also hit into four double plays.
- Kris Paulino batted leadoff for the first time this season last night. He was hit in each of his first two at-bats, extending his consecutive on-base streak to eight at-bats. He flew out in the fifth to snap the skid.
- Nick Vilter was the only Sweet to register a multi-hit game.
- Luke West was strong out of the bullpen, working out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the seventh inning. He got a line drive double play and a fly ball to center. He then left the bases loaded in the eighth with a strikeout.
- J.J. Robinson worked a walk last night and has now drawn at least one walk in each of his last six games. He has posted a .349 on-base percentage.
- Alex Bonczyk reached base twice last night with a hit and a walk and has reached base safely in all but two games this season. He has a hit in each of his last four games.
- Kalani Brackenridge had one of the Sweets' six hits on Wednesday and his hit safely in each of his last five games.
- Tyler Roberts will make his third WCL start of the summer and his fourth overall. He has faced Corvallis twice and started against the Northwest Honkers.
- He is 0-1 with a 2.53 ERA in 10.2 innings. He gave up two runs on four hits in five innings on Opening Day and then allowed two runs on five hits over 5.2 innings last Thursday. He has walked five and struck out four on the year.
- The Sweets will face Kelowna ace Brandon Marris on Thursday. The right-hander has not allowed a run over 16.1 innings to start the season. He tossed a complete-game, four-hit shutout in his last outing.
- Last season, he threw 81.1 innings and struck out 71 for the Falcons. He faced the Sweets three times last season. He combined to throw five scoreless innings of relief over two days last season at Elks Stadium and then started against the Sweets in late July. He earned the win with four scoreless relief innings at Elks and then suffered a tough-luck loss in Walla Walla. He gave up four runs (one earned) on three hits and struck out nine.