Sox sweep Gems with another comeback
Monday, June 25, 2012View full version
WENATCHEE — The West Coast League season is just over three weeks old, but the Wenatchee AppleSox have already established a trademark style that can be summarized in three simple words — late-inning magic.
The AppleSox finished off a season sweep of the Klamath Falls Gems on Sunday night, scoring three times in the eighth inning on their way to a 6-4 victory.
It was the fifth time this season — and third time in less than a week — that the WCL-leading AppleSox (15-3) broke a tie or overcame a deficit by scoring in the eighth or ninth inning en route to a win.
Trailing 4-3, Wenatchee struck for five singles in the bottom of the eighth against the Gems (2-16), with all three runs scoring with two outs. Hits by Gerhard Muelheims and Tyler Schultz started the rally, and Stephen Ventimilia tied the game by driving in Muelheims with a knock of his own. Jeff Stephens followed up with another hit to load the bases, and Mitchell Gunsolus put Wenatchee ahead for good with a two-run single.
AppleSox right-handed reliever Tyler Kane shut the door with a scoreless the ninth to earn his third save of the season, while left-hander Bryce Jackson earned his first win of the year with 1 2/3 innings of one-hit, no-run ball.
Gunsolus continued to swing a hot bat, leading the offense with a 3 for 4 performance and three RBI. The rising sophomore infielder from Gonzaga leads the league with a .471 batting average, 32 hits and 18 RBI.
Second baseman Ventimilia added two hits, two runs and his 10th stolen base of the season, which ranks him second in the WCL.
Schultz and Taylor Sparks both added a pair of hits for Wenatchee.
The Gems scored all four of their runs in the third inning by adding four hits off AppleSox starter Beau Kerns (five innings, four runs, three earned runs) to two Sox errors. Mitchell Esser had the big hit for Klamath Falls, as he started the rally with an RBI single.
The AppleSox, who took a day off Monday, return to action on the road at 6:35 p.m. Tuesday against the Kitsap BlueJackets (6-16).