Kelowna Falcons

Falcons Host Bells

Thursday night the Falcons open a three game series with the Bellingham Bells at Elks Stadium, after having three days off.

The Falcons (8-19) will face the Bells (20-6) for the second time this season.   Two and a half weeks ago the Falcons fell three times at Joe Martin Field in Bellingham by a combined four runs.

The Bells are the lone West Coast League team to reach the 20 win plateau and have won 12 of their last 13 games, losing last night to Kitsap.

The Falcons are coming off three days of much needed rest after a six game road trip.  Brandon Grimsley leads the club with a .344 average and is tied with Kevin Biro with nine RBIs.

The Bells own the WCL’s best ERA at 2.51, have allowed the fewest earned runs (67) and are the only staff to allow less than 200 hits, allowing 168.  They also struck out the second most batters at 235.

Offensively the Bells are good, hitting .269 as a club, scoring 159 runs (fifth most) and collecting 247 hits (ninth most)

During the series in Bellingham, both pitching staffs were sharp.  The Falcons pitchers gave up just 17 hits, including a combined two hitter thrown by Sam Murphy and Brett Solano in game two of the series.  The Bells staff gave up 16 hits and only five runs.  So runs in this series will be at a premium.

In game one on Thursday night Aaron Mason will get his second start of the summer for the Falcons.  He is without a decision, but in his six appearances he has a 5.04 ERA, striking out 12.

Game two will see Matt Moriarty get his fifth start of the summer and first appearance against the Bells.  Moriarty is 0-2 with a 6.23 ERA over 13 innings.

In the series finale on Saturday, Jeremy Alderman (2-2) will make his fifth start.  He’s collected a 3.80 ERA, striking out 16 in 23.2 innings.  He has seen the Bells this season.  On June 29 he threw one innings, gave up a hit and struck out one.

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