Gresham, Ore. -- The Gresham GreyWolves fell to the visiting Walla Walla Sweets in a quick one-game series 12-4 in 12 innings on Tuesday evening at Oslund Field in Gresham, Oregon.
The GreyWolves trailed 4-0 early after starter Zak Baayoun allowed three runs in the first inning via a home run by Nick Nyquist and another run in the the sixth inning, but the GreyWolves fought back to force extra innings.
Baayoun went a total of six innings, allowing four runs on six hits. He struck out four and walked two and received a no-decision when Gresham tied the game at four in the ninth inning.
The GreyWolves chipped away at the four-run Walla Walla lead with a run in sixth when Jake Cosgrove mashed his third home run of the year to center field and two more runs in the seventh inning when Cameron Briggs walked and Jordan Barchus singled to open the inning. A wild pitch moved both runners over and Cosgrove drove in Briggs with a sacrifice fly to left. With two outs, Jackson Thoreson singled in Barchus to cut the Walla Walla lead to just one at 4-3. It would stay that way until the ninth inning.
Sweets starter Chris Lincoln was good in five innings on Tuesday, allowing just one run on five hits while striking out six and walking two.
Jake Palmer led off the ninth with a ground ball to third base. Nick Nyquist gloved it cleanly but his throw to first base flew over the head of first baseman Tommy Henderson, not only allowing Palmer to reach safely but move to second base. A passed ball moved him to third with no outs before Aaron Simpson drove him in with a sacrifice fly to right field to tie the game at four apiece.
The score would stay that way until the 12th inning, when Carter Buuck allowed seven runs in his second inning of work. After a leadoff groundout, five straight and eight of the next nine batters reached base. All eight scored, including a home run allowed by Brad Danzeisen, who relieved Buuck with two outs in the inning. Buuck (0-1) came into the game having allowed just two runs in 15 2/3 innings pitched and he suffered his first loss of the season. He allowed seven runs in 1 2/3 innings pitched on Tuesday and his ERA jumped from 1.15 to 4.67.
Gresham put two runners aboard in the 12th on a walk and a hit by pitch, but could not push any runs across in the inning. The loss is Gresham's fourth in four extra-inning games. In six innings of extra-inning baseball this season, the GreyWolves have been out scored 15-0.
The loss drops Gresham's record to 8-10 in the second half of the season and with Cowlitz's loss on Tuesday, the GreyWolves are still five games back in the race for the South Division title in the second half.
Gresham travels to Corvallis on Wednesday to take on the Knights in the GreyWolves final road series of the season.
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