Pippins Preview: July 24 at Kelowna

Following their best offensive performance of the season (12 runs on 22 hits) in a win against Victoria on Sunday to salvage one game of a weekend series, the Pippins return to action following the 2-day All-Star Break by heading back up to Canada, to open a 3-game series with the Kelowna Falcons. First pitch of the series opener is set for 6:35 PM PT, with Pippins right-hander Tyler Frazier set to face off against a to-be-determined starter for Kelowna. Pregame coverage with Miles Klotz will begin at pippinsbaseball.com/live at 6:20 PM.

Full Game Notes

PIPPINS OFFENSE BREAKS OUT TO AVOID SWEEP IN VICTORIA: The Pippins showed out offensively on an early getaway day start in Victoria on Sunday, pounding out 12 runs on 22 hits to capture a 12-4 win over the North Division leaders. The Pippins actually fell behind early, when Victoria outfielder Kyle Sherick doubled home a run in the bottom of the second, but the Pippins offense turned boiling hot starting in the third inning, when Kyle Dean’s sacrifice fly tied things up. In the sixth inning, the Pippins exploded, bringing home 7 runs on 8 hits against Victoria relievers Garrett Goodall and Derek Salata. From that point forward, the Pippins rode strong pitching to salvage the series finale. Trystan Vrieling earned his first win thanks to a strong start, allowing just two earned runs over 5.1 innings, striking out 6 and walking four. Mark Woinarowicz (2 innings, 1 earned run) and Nick Brown (1.2 innings, 1 earned run) finished things off for the Pippins as they finished the season series 2-4 against Victoria.

FOR THE PIPPINS: Right-hander Tyler Frazier will make his third start of the summer for the Pippins to open up the series in Kelowna. The 6-foot-1, 150-pound native of Corona, CA, made his last start against Bend on July 16, earning his second win of the year after tossing 7 scoreless innings with 8 strikeouts, allowing two hits and two walks. In 15 innings this summer over 7 appearances, Frazier has a 2-0 record, 3.60 ERA, and a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 16-to-8. Opponents are hitting .259 off of the righty.

FOR THE FALCONS: Kelowna has not announced a starting pitcher for Wednesday’s series opener.

DANDY DICARLO: With his 2-for-6 performance on Sunday, infielder Nick DiCarlo extended his season-long hitting streak to 7 games. In that stretch, DiCarlo is hitting .400 (10-for-25), with a double, a home run, 7 RBIs, and has walked 3 times to just two strikeouts. DiCarlo has had two of his four multi-hit games on the season in this span, and has raised his batting average 80 points (.214 to .294).

FINALLY, A GREAT GETAWAY: After starting the season 0-4 in the final games of road series (getaway days), the Pippins finally had a happy bus ride home after winning on Sunday. In the four prior getaway games (at Ridgefield, Bellingham, Corvallis, and Portland), the Pippins were losing by an average of 8.3 runs per game, while the pitching staff allowed 10.5 runs per game. On Sunday, the Pippins had their largest road win of the season (8 runs), while holding the league’s second-best offense to just four runs.

SEASON HIGHS GALORE: The Pippins broke out the bats on Sunday for their most impressive offensive performance of the season, setting a number of season-highs in the process. The 22 hits were, by far, a season-high, shattering the previous high of 13 set on Friday in Victoria. The 7 runs scored in the 6th inning were also a season-high for runs in a single inning, topping the previous high of 6. The 8 hits in that sixth inning were also the most hits in a single inning this year by the Pippins offense. In addition, the 6 doubles were a season-high, as well as the 3 doubles in the 9th inning (most 2Bs in one inning this year).

FINE IN THE FIELD: On Sunday, the Pippins did not commit an error for the second straight game, ending the series on a 20-inning errorless streak, which is a season-high in 2019. It was the first time all season that the Pippins had gone two consecutive games without committing an error. On the season, the Pippins still rank last in the West Coast League with their 68 errors committed and .952 fielding percentage.

ODDS & ENDS: With their win on Sunday, the Pippins improved to 2-1 in day games this year.

By Miles Klotz

July 24, 2019