Gresham, Ore. -- A night after the Gresham bats went quiet in an 8-1 loss to the Wenatchee AppleSox, the GreyWolves responded with a resounding 15-2 win on Thursday evening at Oslund Field in Gresham, Oregon.
The AppleSox score two unearned in the first inning for the second-straight night, but the lead would not last long. In the bottom of the first, the Gresham bats pushed across five runs on five hits and were also aided by two AppleSox errors. Playing in his second game in a Gresham uniform, Jackson Overlund smacked a two-run double in the inning and Gabe Barthelmass, who started for the first time on Thursday, followed it up with a run-scoring hit of his own.
Gresham starter Zak Baayoun, making his GreyWolves debut in 2017, threw a scoreless second inning to put the bat back in his offense's hands. They did not miss a beat. Gresham scored 10 runs in the second inning on eight hits and were again helped by a Wenatchee error. The GreyWolves sent 13 men to the plate in the inning. Ross Puskarich capped off the scoring with a two-run, two-out home run to straight-away center field, his third home run of the year. Gresham's previous season-high for runs in a game was 11. The GreyWolves eclipsed that mark with one out in the second inning and almost scored that number of runs in the second inning alone.
After two full innings, the score was 15-2 in favor of Gresham. Neither team would score another run the rest of the game. Gresham recorded 13 hits through the first two frames, just one shy of the GreyWolves' season-high of 14 hits back on June 18 in Wenatchee. The GreyWolves were held hitless by Wenatchee relievers for three-straight innings, but would record two hits in the sixth inning to equal and surpass the team's previous season high.
After the first inning, Baayoun (1-0) threw three-straight scoreless innings en route to a win while allowing two runs on one hit with four walks and strikeouts. AppleSox starter Michael Townsend (0-1) recorded just five outs and allowed 13 runs (six earned) on 11 hits. He walked one and struck out one while taking the loss.
Christian Peters and Gavin Baker combined to allow no runs on three hits in five innings while striking out seven and walking just one. AppleSox relievers fared similarly as three different pitchers combined to throw 6 1/3 innings of relief while allowing two runs (none earned) on six hits.
Four GreyWolves recorded multi-hit games on Thursday, including newcomer Tony Gudino who went 4-4 with four singles and one run batted in. Gudino's four-hit game is just the second instance a GreyWolf has recorded four hits in a single game (Tyler Parker is the only other). Mike Peabody finished the evening 3-3 before being replaced by Aaron Simpson in center field, who added a hit. Peabody was also hit by a pitch and scored three runs. In his last six plate appearances, Peabody is 5-5 with a double, triple, three singles, a hit-by-pitch, and five runs scored. Gabe Barthelmass, who started for the first time in 2017 on Thursday, finished the day 2-5 with an RBI and two runs scored.
In total, the GreyWolves scored 15 runs on 17 hits - both season highs. Those two totals also are the most runs and hits that Wenatchee pitching has allowed all season long. AppleSox hitters pushed across two runs on just four hits, which is a new season-low for Wenatchee. The AppleSox have been held to five hits twice this season.
The GreyWolves are now 8-12 on the season and have won two of the last three games, all against the AppleSox. The Corvallis Knights also won on Thursday, so Gresham is still five games behind the Knights atop the West Coast League South Division. The third game of the series features two right-handed pitchers: Hunter Boyd (2-0) of the AppleSox and Ryan Ward (1-0) of the GreyWolves. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. at Oslund Field. The game will be broadcast on mixlr.com/greywolves.