Offensive explosion leads Sweets, 23-2Posted: Updated:
WALLA WALLA, Wash. – The Sweets put together their best offensive output in team history on Sunday night, scoring an astounding 23 runs on 17 hits in a 23-2 victory over the Portland Lobos at Borleske Stadium.
In setting team records for runs scored in a game and hits in a game, the Sweets (5-10) swept the mini two-game series from the Lobos. Walla Walla scored nine runs in the second, three runs in the fourth, four runs in the fifth, five runs in the sixth and two runs in the eighth.
All but two players in the Sweets lineup recorded a hit and Jared Jordan finished with four runs and six RBI. Brett Jacobs, Spencer O'Neil and Chance Kopacz all scored three runs. The combination of Zach Brandon, Luke West, Hunter Virant and Ben Ruff limited the Lobos to just two runs on four hits in the contest.
After scoring six runs in the first inning on Saturday, the Sweets took an inning later to open the scoring on Sunday. In an inning in which they had only two hits, the Sweets sent 13 men to the plate and scored nine runs. O'Neil walked to start the inning, went to second as Kopacz was hit, to third on a wild pitch and scored on a balk to make it 1-0. Jordan and J.J. Robinson both drew walks to load the bases and Kalani Brackenridge ripped a two-run single to make it 3-0. Following a fielder's choice ground ball, Portland starter Matt McAllister hit four-straight batters to force in three runs before Jordan delivered a two-run single to make it 9-0.
The Sweets then tacked on 12 runs over the middle innings. A single, walk and an error loaded the bases in the fourth and Marc Garza cleared the bases with a double down the left field line. The momentum continued in the fifth as Jordan stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and launched a grand slam over the wall in left to make it 16-1.
The bats remained hot in the sixth as the Sweets sent nine men to the plate and score five runs. Robinson walked to leadoff the inning and Brackenridge followed with a two-run home run to left field, his first-ever home run. Jacobs then scored Bonczyk with an RBI single to right and Kris Paulino plated two with a triple to the wall in center field.
Making his third start of the summer, Brandon faced the minimum over the first four innings and didn't allow a hit until Carl Beckert led off the fifth with an infield single. The Lobos would eventually scored on a Geoffrey Wertz double to left. Brandon finished with three strikeouts and walked only one. West followed with a scoreless sixth and Virant tossed a scoreless seventh. It was Virant's first appearance for the Sweets after being drafted by the Houston Astros in the 11th round of the MLB Amateur Draft two weeks ago. Ruff finished the game, allowing an unearned run on two hits.
Nick Vilter, Jacobs, Ryan Cooper, Paulino, Jordan, Garza and Brackenridge all had two hits on the game for the Sweets. O'Neil scored three runs and drove in a run without having an official at-bat. He walked twice and was hit by a pitch in the first four innings.
The Sweets will enjoy an off-day on Monday before beginning a seven-game road trip in Kelowna, B.C., on Tuesday. Tuesday also marks the beginning of 12 games in 12 days for the Sweets.