Saturday, July 28, 2012

Sweets win in 10

Friday night was another tooth-and-nail contest between the Sweets and the Applesox and this time it took extra innings. After blowing a 5-0 lead, the Sweets were able to score the winning run in the top of the 10th to earn their third-straight win over Wenatchee.

Now for some notes from around the ballpark:
- The victory improved the Sweets to 19-24 on the season. They have won four-straight games for the first time this season.
- Thanks to Bellingham's loss to Kelowna, the Sweets are now 7.5 games behind the Bells and 8.5 back of Wenatchee with 11 games to play.
- Beau Fraser picked up three hits on Friday, including the game-winning single in the top of the 10th inning.
- Fraser has 10 hits in his last four games. He has collected three hits in three of those four games.
- The Sweets set a league record for triples on Friday, hitting their 15th and 16th three-baggers of the season. The 16 triples surpasses the previous record of 15 that was set by Bend in 2010.
- Shane Zeile's third triple of the summer led off the 10th inning, and he eventually scored on the Fraser single. It was Zeile's first hit of the series.
- Ben Ruff hit his third triple of the season as well, a fourth-inning shot off the wall that scored Marc Garza from first base.
- Spencer O'Neil had two hits and drove in two runs on Friday. He now has 30 RBI on the season, the most in a single season in franchise history. The total has him second in the league.
- Brett Jacobs got the Sweets on the board on Friday, driving in Alex Bonczyk with a single in the first. Jacobs has at least one hit and one RBI in all three games of the series.
- Bonczyk picked up his fourth sac fly of the season, scoring Ruff with a fly to right in the fourth. Bonczyk is tied for the league lead in that category. He's also second in the league with nine sacrifice hits.
- With his run in the first inning, Bonczyk became the first Sweets player to reach 20 runs scored this season. He has scored 20 and driven in 18.
- Walla Walla also had three doubles on Friday and now lead the league with 67 two-baggers.
- Hunter Virant pitched the first five innings, allowing just one unearned run on three hits. He walked four and struck out three. Virant earned a no decision.
- Tyler Roberts earned his second victory of the summer, tossing the final 2.1 innings. He allowed five hits and struck out one.
- The Sweets turned three double plays on Friday. They turned two 4-6-3 double plays and an 8-3 double play. Bonczyk caught a fly crashing into the center field wall and threw it back into the infield to double-off the runner.
- Matt Imhof will start on Saturday for the Sweets. He is 0-4 with a 6.35 ERA. He has struck out 23 and walked just 11 in 22.2 innings.
- Two records the Sweets won't be happy about breaking are the league record for balks and home runs allowed. Walla Walla has already broken the home runs allowed record, having given up 23 blasts this summer, four more than Klamath Falls' previous record of 19.
- The Sweets have tied the league record for balks in a season with 13. Bellingham set the mark with 13 in the 2008 season.

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