AppleSox Squeeze 7-4 Win Over Pippins
For the second night in a row, the Yakima Valley Pippins fell to the Wenatchee AppleSox -- the visitors left Friday night with a 7-4 win that cuts the hometown Pippins' lead in the West Coast League's East Division to three games.
The Pitching of Eli Morgan for the Pippins and Ian Buckles for the AppleSox was lights-out for the first four innings. But in the fifth, Morgan got roughed up for four runs by the AppleSox.
Ryan Yamane answered with an RBI single, and Vince Fernandez got a big two-run blast in the sixth for the Pippins.
In the seventh inning, Justin Jacob hit an RBI single for the Pippins to tie it up at 4 apiece — a score that stood through the ninth.
Then the Pippins changed pitchers and Kenny Rosenberg and Nick Kerns held off Wenatchee until the 11th inning, when AJ Alcanata executed a suicide squeeze that scored Tyler Frost and gave the AppleSox a 5-4 lead. Pippins errors gave the AppleSox two more runs and ultimately, the game.
Yakima is now 21-14, three games ahead of Wenatchee and the Walla Walla Sweets who are tied for second in the East. Pippins and AppleSox play again tonight at 7:05, with pregame at 6:55. Listen live on 1460 ESPN Yakima.