Gresham, Ore. -- A night after leading wire-to-wire in a 10-4 on Saturday night, the Gresham GreyWolves fell to the Yakima Valley Pippins by a score of 10-8 on Sunday evening at Oslund Field in Gresham, Oregon.
The game started in favor of the GreyWolves, who scored two runs in each of the game's first two innings to lead by four. The Pippins would not go away, though. Yakima Valley scored a single run in both the third and fourth innings off Gresham starter Daniel Caruso, who started for the first time with the GreyWolves in 2017. He was replaced after allowing a run in the fourth inning. In all, Caruso allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits while striking out and walking two Pippins. He received a no-decision for his efforts.
Just like Saturday night, the fifth inning decided the game. On Saturday, Gresham scored seven in the fifth and cruised to a 10-4 win. On Sunday, Yakima Valley pushed across seven runs in the fifth inning on six hits. Five of the seven runs were charged to Gresham reliever Christian Peters, who recorded just two outs while allowing three hits and two walks. Peters (0-3) took the loss.
Brad Danzeisen then entered with two outs in the fifth inning and allowed two runs of his own before recording the final out. After all seven runs scored, the GreyWolves found themselves down by a score of 9-4.
Gresham would not roll over, though. After a scoreless fifth inning, the GreyWolves scored three runs on three hits in the sixth inning to cut the Pippins lead to just two runs at 9-7. Two of the three runs in the inning were charged to Yakima Valley started A.J. Landis, who allowed six runs (four earned) on nine hits in 5 1/3 innings. Landis improved to 1-1 on the season with the win.
In the seventh inning, Gresham loaded the bases for Alec de Watteville, who had homered earlier in the game. However, de Watteville grounded into an inning-ending double play, putting a zero on the scoreboard in the seventh inning.
The GreyWolves scored again in the eighth inning, though, to cut the deficit to just one but left the tying run at third base and the go-ahead run at first.
In the top of the ninth, the Pippins struck for an insurance run off Gresham reliever Ryan Mets, who was making his GreyWolves debut.
Yakima Valley reliever Kyle Nicol came in for the ninth inning and set down the GreyWolves in order to pick up his first save of the season.
The loss drops Gresham's record to 9-14 on the season and the GreyWolves are once again five games behind the South Division-leading Corvallis Knights. With the loss, the GreyWolves still have not won consecutive games since June 8 in Kelowna. Since that same day, the GreyWolves are 4-11.
Gresham will look to avoid a fifth-straight series loss on Monday as they host the Pippins in the third game of the series and sixth and final game of the home stand. First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m. at Oslund Field and the game will be broadcast on mixlr.com/greywolves.