Gresham, Ore. -- The Gresham GreyWolves returned home after a three-game road trip in Port Angeles to play a non-league game against the Thurston County Senators and fell by a final score of 10-7 in Gresham, Oregon.
Gresham fell behind early and trailed 5-0 after the first four innings of the game. Gresham starter Brayden Bonner lasted just three innings and gave up five runs (three earned) on six hits. He suffered the loss in the defeat.
The GreyWolves were on the comeback trail for nearly the entire game and scored two in the fifth inning off Thurston County starter Tim Reynolds but the Senators would respond in the sixth and seventh innings, with five total runs. Four runs scored in the seventh inning and all were charged to Gresham reliever Ryan Ward, who walked four-straight batters and they all came in to score. That inning ended up being the difference in the game as the GreyWolves would rally late.
Gresham scored three runs in the eighth inning on run-scoring hits by Mike Macove and Aaron Simpson. With runners on the corners and one out, Jake Cosgrove grounded into an inning-ending double play. After reliever Chris Brown kept the Senators off the board in the top of the ninth, Gresham scored two more runs in the ninth inning and had to tying run at the plate before the game ended. Macove struck out on a high fastball to end the ball game.
The Senators are not in the West Coast League so Friday's loss does not affect the GreyWolves' standing in the South Division of the West Coast League. Gresham has a shot at redemption on Saturday as they host the Senators again at Oslund Field before resuming league play on Monday as the Walla Walla Sweets come to town. Saturday's game is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. and will be broadcast on mixlr.com/greywolves.