Gresham, Ore. -- A night after the Gresham GreyWolves scored a season-high 15 runs versus the Wenatchee AppleSox, the GreyWolves mustered just two runs on six hits in a 10-2 losing effort against the AppleSox on Friday night at Oslund Field in Gresham, Oregon.
For the third-straight game, the AppleSox scored in the top half of the first inning and again a Gresham error helped the cause. On Wednesday, an error at third cost Gresham two first-inning runs. On Thursday, an error at second cost the GreyWolves two first-inning runs and on Friday, an error at shortstop cost the home team a run.
The error would prove inconsequential to the rest of the game, though, as the AppleSox added four more runs in the third inning before Gresham scored a run of their own. All four of those runs in the third inning were charged to Gresham starter Ryan Ward, who lasted just 2 1/3 innings, giving up five runs (four earned) on four hits. Ward (1-1) struck out one and walked six, a new single-game season-high for a Gresham pitcher, while taking the loss.
The GreyWolves scored two runs off Wenatchee starter Hunter Boyd in the fifth inning to make the game interesting, but Wenatchee would respond quickly. Boyd (3-0) was good on Friday, earning the win by throwing six innings of two-run ball (both runs were unearned), giving up five hits, walking two, and striking out five. Two of Boyd's three wins this season have come against the GreyWolves.
After Gresham's two runs in the fifth, the AppleSox scored two in the sixth inning, one in the seventh, and two more in the eighth inning. Wenatchee Evan Johnson hit a solo home run in the sixth inning to take over sole possession of first place in the West Coast League home run race. He also added RBIs number 25 and 26 on the campaign, adding to his already large lead in that West Coast League category.
Two Wenatchee relievers threw the last three innings and kept the Gresham bats silent with no runs on just one hit. Gresham scored just two runs on six hits a night after scoring 15 runs on 17 hits. The AppleSox scored 10 runs on 11 hits a night after scoring just two runs on four hits.
With the loss, the GreyWolves fall to 8-13 on the season and with a Corvallis loss, Gresham is still five games behind the South Division-lead. The GreyWolves have just six first-half games remaining after Friday. The loss also secured Gresham's fourth-straight series loss, dating back when the GreyWolves hosted the Bellingham Bells. Gresham has lost seven of its last 10 games and ever since the team swept a double header versus the Kelowna Falcons, they've lost 10 of the last 13 games.
Friday's game marks the end of the season series versus the AppleSox. Wenatchee took four of the six games the teams played against each other over the past week.
Without a day off, the GreyWolves host the Yakima Valley Pippins at Oslund Field for a three-game series starting on Saturday, June 24. The Pippins took two-of-three from Gresham earlier this season in Yakima, Washington. First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on mixlr.com/greywolves.