Yakima, Wa. — After ending the eight-game losing streak yesterday in extra innings, the Pippins lost tonight to the Walla Walla Sweets by a final score of 11-5.
Walla Walla kept their foot on the gas pedal all night. They scored two runs in the top of the first, three in the third, five in the sixth, and finally one in the top half of the ninth inning.
The Pippins only productive inning of the night came in the bottom of the eighth. The team pushed across five runs in the inning, with the first five batters of the inning reaching base safely and coming around to score. Eddy Pelc led off with a walk, Tyler Dean walked, Kyle Dean walked, Sawyer Chesley hit a single, and Tanner Parker was hit by a pitch. Brian Rice was hit by a pitch later in the inning to score Kyle Dean, an RBI single from James Bell scored Chesley, and finally a groundout from Grant Gorrell brought accross Parker to cut the lead in half, 10-5.
The Sweets had six pitchers on the mound in this game. Brayde Hirai closed out the bottom of the ninth after the Sweets picked up an insurance run in the top of the inning with a wild pitch scoring Parker Price, and the Pippins dropped the second game of the series at the Orchard, 11-5.
With the loss, the Pippins fall to 9-18 in the second half. Tomorrow night is the final game of the series and regular season. Come out to the Orchard for fan appreciation night as the Pippins look to end the summer with their tenth win of the second half and first series win since the middle of July.
First pitch tomorrow is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.