Corvallis broke a scoreless tie with two runs in the fifth and then answered a seventh-inning Sweets run with three runs of its own in the bottom of the seventh to take a 5-1 victory. The Knights have won the first two games of the series.
Now some notes from around the ballpark:
- The Knights have won both games in this series and four-of-five this season against the Sweets. Tonight's game is the final game between the two teams this season.
- Walla Walla has dropped five-straight games, all on its first road trip of the season.
- At 3-8, the Sweets have lost just one game by four runs or more this season, a 12-3 loss to Corvallis on June 2.
- Jared Jordan and Jarrod Turner each had two hits for the Sweets on Thursday. They both collected a double and Jordan scored the only Sweets run.
- Walla Walla halved the Knights lead in the top of the seventh but left the tying run on base.
- Corvallis scored all five of its runs in two separate innings. They had two runs on four hits in the fifth and three runs on four hits in the seventh. They had just two hits the rest of the night.
- With two doubles last season, the Sweets have now hit 14 on the season. In all, the Sweets have 22 extra-base hits, good for second in the league behind Bellingham's 25.
- The Sweets are tied for the league lead in triples with four and second in home runs with five.
- Walla Walla has struck out 75 times this season, the second most in the WCL.
- Tyler Roberts suffered his first loss on Thursday despite a strong start. He faced the minimum over the first three innings for the second consecutive start against Corvallis but was touched for two runs in the fifth. He struck out three and walked three in 5.2 innings.
- Simon Anderson relieved him and threw the final 2.1 innings. He allowed three runs on five hits. The runs were the first Anderson had allowed since June 17 of last season against Wenatchee.
- Turner is the only Sweet, outside of Brett Jacobs, that is hitting over .300. He sits at .361 with a team-high .477 on-base percentage.
- The Sweets went 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position on Thursday and are hitting just .196 with men in scoring position on the season. The number gets worse with two outs as the Sweets are hitting only .140.
- Left-hander Doug Ashby will make his first start of the summer tonight. He was 4-1 as a starter for the Coppell Copperheads of the Texas Collegiate League last summer. He posted a 2.44 ERA in 62.2 innings, striking out 42 and issuing just 17 walks. He was named an All-Star and helped his team to the league championship.