Pippins Drop Game One to Wenatchee
WENATCHEE – Through the first 12 meetings between the Pippins and the Wenatchee AppleSox, the road team has won 10 times. Friday night, the hometown AppleSox turned things back in their favor, knocking off the Pippins, 11-4.
The loss leaves Yakima five games behind the Kelowna Falcons, who lead the West Coast League's East Division. The regular season concludes Aug. 9.
After scoring twice in the 2nd, Friday night, the AppleSox (18-22) opened up a 6-0 lead with four unearned runs in the 4th against starter Mitch Yada.
The Pippins (21-19) countered with a run in the 6th on an RBI single from Freddy Smith, but the AppleSox answered with a three-run 6th inning of their own. Both sides traded runs in the 7th to keep Wenatchee up by eight runs.
Down to the last out, Dayton Provost hit a solo home run to right field, his team-leading third blast this season and the first for Yakima Valley since June 28.
The Pippins will look to even the series with Wenatchee in the middle game of the three-game set Saturday night at 7:05. Right-hander Jens Jensen is scheduled to take his 4-0 record to the mound for the Pippins, who had a five-game winning streak against the AppleSox snapped in Friday’s loss.
Tune in live at 6:55 p.m. to hear Game Two on 1460 ESPN Yakima.