Thursday, July 5, 2012

Sweets continue to score

The Sweets put up double-digit runs for the second consecutive game on Wednesday, defeating Wenatchee, 13-3. Walla Walla has now won each of the last two games with the Applesox and has a chance to win the four-game series tonight.

Now for some notes from around the ballpark:
- In the last two games, the Sweets have scored 25 runs on 31 hits. They had 13 runs on 14 hits last night.
- Last season, the Sweets scored 19 runs in nine regular season games against the Applesox.
- Alex Bonczyk and Nick Vilter each had three hits for the Sweets on the Wednesday. Bonczyk also scored three runs, drove in two and stole three bases.
- Bonczyk now has scored 14 runs, driven in 14 and stolen a team-high nine bases.
- He has also hit safely in five-straight games and has picked up five stolen bases in those contests.
- Vilter had two doubles, a home run and drove in five in the offensive outburst. His two-run double in the first put the Sweets on the board and his RBI double in the eighth capped the scoring. He added a two-run home run in the fifth inning, his second of the summer.
- Vilter is now hitting .302 with 13 RBI on the season. In the last two games, he has six hits, three doubles, six RBI and has scored three times.
- Spencer O'Neil extended his on-base streak to 16 games with a pair of singles. He his hitting .358 with a .492 on-base percentage during the stretch and leads the league with 24 RBI. In his last 10 games, O'Neil is hitting .438 and has driven in 15 runs.
- Chance Kopacz also extended his hitting streak on Wednesday, stretching it to nine games. In those nine games, Kopacz is hitting .342.
- Surprisingly, Brett Jacobs is hitting an outstanding .404 against RHP this summer. Against lefties, he's hitting just .154.
- As a team, the Sweets are hitting .284 against RHP this summer.
- In the last two weeks the Sweets have raised their batting average with runners in scoring position up over .300 to .302. Bonczyk is hitting .419, Jacobs is hitting .500, Vilter is hitting .412 and O'Neil is hitting .368.
- In the last six games, the Sweets are hitting .311 and have posted a 2.21 ERA.
- On the season, the Sweets are hitting .271 as a team, the third-best average in the league.
- Kyle Kingsley picked up his second home win of the summer on Wednesday, allowing three runs on seven hits over 5.2 innings.
- Hunter Virant, Garrett Tygerson and Ben Ruff combined to finish out the game. Virant tossed 1.1 scoreless innings and Tygerson and Ruff pitched the eighth and ninth, respectively.
- Over the last nine games, the Sweets bullpen has allowed just two runs in 27 innings.
- Tyler Roberts will get the ball in the series finale against Wenatchee. He picked up a win in his last outing against Bend last week. Roberts was perfect over the first five innings and finished with seven innings of one-run ball.

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