Gresham, Ore. -- After Monday's game was rained out, the Gresham GreyWolves and the Bellingham Bells played two seven-inning games on Tuesday at Oslund Field in Gresham, Oregon. Bellingham won both games and finished up a three-game sweep of the GreyWolves.
Gresham started the first game with two solo home runs in the bottom of the first inning. Aaron Simpson and Drew Curtis each launched home runs over the left-center field fence to give the GreyWolves an early 2-0 lead.
The Bells, though, would quickly respond. After Gresham starter Jeremy Polon threw two scoreless innings, Bellingham struck for three runs in the third and two more in the fourth. They would not score again but five runs would prove to be more than enough as Gresham mustered just one run the rest of the game, coming via a solo home run by Jacob Sniffin in the fourth inning. Brad Danzeisen threw three scoreless innings in relief of Polon.
Polon threw four innings, allowing five runs on five hits. He suffered his first loss of the season. Bellingham starter Rogelio Reyes game all all three solo home runs and lasted just 3 1/3 innings. He took a no-decision in the first game of the day. Relievers Trevor Delaite and Arman Sobouri recorded the final 11 outs and sealed the 5-3 victory for the Bells.
The win also sealed the series victory for Bellingham, but the Bells would not stop there. In the second game of the game, the Bells leaned heavily on pitching in a 4-0 win. Three Bells combined to three-hit the Gresham bats. Only two different GreyWolves had hits in the game (Jake Palmer had one and Ross Puskarich had two) and Gresham could not push across a single run.
Bellingham took a lead early with two runs in the first three innings and added two more in the sixth inning after the first two outs were recorded by Gresham starter Andrew Hansen, who threw six innings, allowing four runs on 12 hits. Hansen (1-1) suffered the loss.
Tuesday marked the second time the GreyWolves had been shutout through the first 12 games of the 2017 season. The Bells shutout Gresham on Opening Day in Bellingham on June 2, too.
With the two losses, the GreyWolves fall to 5-7 on the year and have now lost four-straight games. The two wins improves Bellingham's record to 7-5 and increases the winning streak to four games.
Gresham travels to take on the Yakima Valley Pippins next, with the first game on series scheduled for Wednesday, June 13. After the three-game series in Yakima Valley, the GreyWolves travel to Wenatchee for three games vs. the AppleSox in what is the GreyWolves' first multi-city road trip of the year.
All six games of the trip will be broadcast on mixlr.com/greywolves.