Kelowna Falcons

Falcons Looking For Sweet Revenge

The Falcons hit the road for their first extended road trip on Tuesday as they make a stop in Walla Walla (WA) and Corvallis (OR) over the next six days.

The Sweets (4-5) hosted the Falcons (3-6) last week and took two of three, outscoring the Falcons 23-14.

Game one last week, which oddly enough was Tuesday as well, was a Falcons 8-5 victory. The visitors scored three times in their final two at bats and Josh Nuernberg recorded the win after throwing 3.2 perfect innings striking out six.
Trey Kamachi, Scotland Church and Max Schuman each had three hits including a solo homer from Schuman.

During the three game series Church led the Falcons going 6-12 with 2 RBIs and a double. Kamachi was 5-13 with an RBI and a triple.

The Falcons bats have cooled and the pitching staff has not been sharp during this five game losing streak. The offense was frustrated over the weekend getting outscored 30-3 against the Cowlitz Black Bears, collecting just 16 hits in the series. Church leads the team with 12 hits.

The pitching staff struggled to find the strike zone against the Bears resulting in an inflated 6.24 ERA and a league leading 54 walks. The staff has given up 42 runs in the last four games and 68 over the first nine games of the year.
Walks and hit batters have been the Achilles heel, issuing 21 walks and six hit batters during the weekend series with the Bears.

The Sweets are coming off a series loss in Corvallis, winning the finale 13-8 on Monday afternoon.

As a club the Sweets are hitting .266 with a league leading 20 doubles, six of which against the Falcons.

Their pitching staff has also struggled with a 6.39 ERA, giving up the WCL’s most runs (79) and hits (98).

The Falcons probable starters in Walla Walla are:

Tue – RHP Kevin Flemer (0-0) makes his debut from Oregon State
Wed – RHP Matt Moriarty (0-0) out of New Mexico State University

Thu – RHP Jeremy Alderman (1-1) from Western Nevada Community College

The second half of the Falcons road trip will take them into Oregon for the first time and a date with the Corvallis Knights (5-4) for their only meeting this season. Traditionally the Knights are one of the best teams in the league and will play in Cowlitz while the Falcons battle the Sweets.

The Knights are currently hitting .357 with 63 runs and 79 hits. Their staff currently holds a 5.06 ERA, collecting a league leading 76 strikeouts.

After this six game road trip the Falcons return home to host the newly expanded Yakima Pippins on Tuesday June 24th in the first of three.

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