Corvallis, Ore. -- The Gresham GreyWolves began the final road series of the season with a 3-1 victory over the Corvallis Knights at Goss Stadium on Wednesday night in Corvallis, Oregon.
Gresham fell behind 1-0 early when Jordan Qsar hit his West Coast League-leading 12th home run with two outs in the first inning off Gresham starter Andrew Hansen, but that turned out to be the only run that he allowed all night long.
The score would stay 1-0 in favor of the Knights until the top of the third inning, when the GreyWolves struck for two runs on two hits and a pair of walks. Cole Weaver and Mike Peabody opened the inning with walks. Jake Palmer, who finished the day with three hits and a run scored, then reached on a perfectly-placed bunt single. The next two batters were retired without a run scoring, setting the stage for Jackson Overlund. He ripped a two-run, two-strike, two-out single to left field, scoring Weaver and Peabody to give Gresham a 2-1 lead.
Hansen kept firing scoreless innings and the GreyWolves gave him another run of support in the fifth inning when Overlund picked up his third RBI of the game with a sacrifice fly to center to score Palmer. Overlund fouled a ball of the top of his foot during the at-bat and despite staying in for it, he would not return to the game.
Gresham did not score again, but they did not need to. Andrew Hansen pitched eight innings (the most of any GreyWolves' pitcher in a single game this season) and allowed just one run on four hits while striking out four and walking three. Hansen (6-2) picked up the win and is now tied for the West Coast League lead in victories.
Brad Danzeisen replaced Hansen for the ninth inning and despite allowing two singles, he kept the Knights off the scoreboard to earn his second save of the campaign.
Wednesday marked just the sixth time in 24 games the GreyWolves won after the opponent scored the first run of the game. The GreyWolves led 3-1 after six innings and held on for the victory, increasing their record to 16-4 when leading after six full innings. The win also increases Gresham's road record to 12-13 on the season, better than the team's 7-14 record at Oslund Field.
The South Division-leading Cowlitz Black Bears lost on Wednesday, meaning the GreyWolves are now four games out of first place (and a playoff spot) with just nine regular-season games remaining.
The GreyWolves go for a series win against Corvallis on Thursday and send Robert Reaser to the mound. The game is set to begin at 6:40 p.m. and will be broadcast on mixlr.com/greywolves.
For Wednesday's box score, click here.