Pippins Knock Off Klamath Falls in Record-Breaking Performance
After a 10-run showing Saturday night, the Yakima Valley Pippins found a way to upstage themselves Sunday. The Pippins finished a sweep of the Klamath Falls Gems by scoring a franchise-record 16 runs en route to a 16-2 West Coast League victory.
Yakima Valley (3-0) scored in six of its eight innings at the plate on Sunday, starting with two in the bottom of the first on a single by Reid Martinez. Yakima Valley scored in each of the first four innings and led 6-0 heading to the fifth.
Pippins starter Darrion Simons worked his way in and out of jams over the course of his six innings. He had runners in scoring position in five of his six frames, but didn’t allow any of them to score. He stranded nine Gems on the bases, and Klamath Falls finished with 13 total runners left on against Pippins pitching. In all, Simons only allowed three hits and struck out six to pick up his first win of the summer.
After the Gems (0-3) got on the board in the seventh on a two-run home run from Kody Reynolds, the Pippins put on even more of an offensive showcase in the seventh and eighth innings. Yakima Valley scored five runs in each of the two frames to take a 16-2 lead. All nine Pippins hitters reached base at least twice in the game. Leadoff hitter Jace Van De Brake reached all six times (two singles, one double and three walks).
Numerous offensive records were set in Sunday’s win. The Pippins’ 16 runs marked a single-game franchise record (previously 15 on July 10, 2014) and 15 RBI broke the record of 14 from the same game. Two individual single-game records went down as well. Martinez finished with 6 RBI, topping Vince Fernandez’s mark from last year (four on Aug. 9, 2014) and Layne Croney scored four runs to break Jake Roberts’ record (three as of July 13, 2014).
Yakima Valley finished the three-game series outscoring Klamath Falls, 32-6. The Pippins are the only 3-0 team in the West Coast League after opening weekend. Yakima Valley gets a day off on Monday before traveling to Kelowna for three games against the Falcons (2-1), starting Tuesday at 6:35 p.m. Fans can tune in to all three games in Kelowna on 1460 ESPN Yakima or online at 1460 ESPNYakima.com.