Kelowna Falcons

Falcons Lose Four

The Kelowna Falcons (17-14 first half, 0-4 second half) lost a heartbreaking extra-innings game to the Wenatchee AppleSox (16-12 first half, 1-0 second half) by a score of 6-5. The AppleSox were able to walk off the Falcons in the bottom of the tenth on an RBI single from Cole McKenzie.

Kelowna starter James Brooks was fantastic and gave the club a quality start. He pitched seven innings and allowed five hits with two earned runs. He also walked two while striking out three. Bryan Donohue, the Falcons head coach, was happy with the start from Brooks.

He said, “I thought Brooks pitched really well for us. He went seven innings, got himself out of some huge jams. I thought he improved as the game went on. You get seven innings on a travel day out of a starter and hold a good offensive team to two runs, that has to be a win for him.”

The Falcons had a three-run lead heading to the bottom of the eighth inning. Taylor Wright had hit his West Coast League leading 8th home run of the summer and Matt Bottcher went yard a two-run bomb of his own earlier. But the bullpen unraveled for the Falcons.

Donohue commented saying, “The only way the AppleSox get back into that game is if we’re not sharp on the mound. Ryan Smith was early but then got really wild. He painted himself into a corner, which allowed guys to step up and get big hits. The biggest frustration is to allow a tying run on a ball we threw to the backstop. It just can’t happen. There are things we have to clean up. We were essentially four outs away with a three-run lead. We need to be better out of the bullpen so we don’t put ourselves in these nail-biting situations.”

The Falcons will looks to break their longest losing streak of the season Saturday night at 7:05 pm. Canadian lefty Braeden Toikka will be on the mound for Kelowna.

Falcons Play by Play and Recaps provided by Anthony Fusco.

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