Wenatchee, Wash. -- The Gresham GreyWolves fell to the Wenatchee AppleSox by a score of 7-4 on Saturday night in Wenatchee, Washington. The AppleSox scored all seven of its runs in the first three innings off Gresham starter Brayden Bonner.
The second was the big inning for Wenatchee on Saturday night. The AppleSox struck for five runs in the frame and it was two-out hits that again proved to be the GreyWolves' undoing. With a 2-0 lead and a runner on second base in the second inning with two outs, Bonner walked consecutive batters to load the bases for second baseman Parker Price, who sent a grand slam out to left field to extend the Wenatchee lead to six. Price wasn't even in AppleSox's head coach Kyle Krustangel's original lineup. Jacob Prater was slated to start before Krustangel was notified he was suspended for actions in Wenatchee's previous series versus the Bend Elks.
Bonner (1-2) would allow another run in the third inning before he was replaced. He went three full innings allowing seven runs on seven hits and suffered the loss in Gresham's seventh loss in eight games.
Jeremy Polon replaced Bonner and threw the game's final five innings, allowing no runs on just two hits. Polon's strong appearance out of the bullpen marked the second-straight night in which a struggling Gresham starter threw five solid innings out of the bullpen. On Friday, Christian Peters allowed one run in five innings in Yakima.
On the offensive side, the GreyWolves' bats were kept in check by AppleSox starter Hunter Boyd, who was perfect through three innings. In the fourth, though, Gresham struck for three runs on three hits. A costly base-running mistake by Jacob Sniffin cost the GreyWolves a run and at least another at bat with a runner in scoring position.
Gresham scored another in the seventh inning off Boyd, but that's all he would allow. In all, Boyd (2-1) went 6 2/3 innings, allowed four runs on six hits, while striking out 10 and walking three, which was good enough for his second win of the season.
Two relievers combined to record the final seven outs and Jalen Garcia, who started the game as the right fielder recorded the save after a perfect ninth inning.
The win improves the AppleSox's record to 8-8 after Game 1 of the three-game series. The loss drops the GreyWolves to 6-10. Ever since Gresham's double-header sweep ok Kelowna on June 9, the GreyWolves have lost seven of eight games. The South Division-leading Corvallis Knights lost to the Cowlitz Black Bears on Saturday night, meaning that Gresham did not lose any ground on Corvallis, but is now behind Cowlitz for last in the West Coast League South Division.
Game 2 of the series in Wenatchee is on Sunday at 6:05 p.m. The pregame show will start at 5:55 p.m. on mixlr.com/greywolves.