Gresham, Ore. -- The Gresham GreyWolves returned home to Oslund Field after a six-game road trip and lost 8-1 to the visiting Wenatchee AppleSox on Wednesday in Gresham, Oregon.
As was the case in Wenatchee, the AppleSox got out to a quick start on Wednesday with two runs in each of the first two innings off Gresham starter Robert Reaser. The two first-inning runs were unearned because of an error at third base by Drew Curtis. Wenatchee slugger Evan Johnson hit an opposite-field, two-run, two-out double that right fielder Jason Drees lost in the sun and could not catch to increase the AppleSox lead to four.
Reaser got through five full innings. He allowed the four runs (two earned) on five hits and struck out seven while walking four. He took the loss (0-1) in the GreyWolves defeat.
The Gresham offense could not get anything going against Wenatchee starter Collin Maier. He threw six shutout innings, allowed just three hits, and struck out three batters while walking one. The GreyWolves had three runners reach base in the second inning, but a double play all but ended the threat.
Things got away from Gresham in the sixth inning. Down by four, head coach Justin Barchus replaced Reaser (who was nearing 100 pitches through five strenuous innings) and brought in Jeremy Polon. Polon, though, struggled with his command. He walked or hit four of the five batters he faced before being replaced by Brad Danzeisen, who walked the first batter he faced before allowing a two-run single. Four runs scored in the inning on just one hit. The GreyWolves issued four walks in the inning alone and nine for the game, a new season-high. All four runs were charged to Polon, who recorded just one out in the inning.
The theme of the night for Gresham was players making their GreyWolves debuts. A total of 10 players arrived in Gresham on Wednesday before the game and seven saw the field. Four started but coach Barchus, seeing an 8-0 score, used many pinch hitters to get a better picture of what the team may look like moving forward.
The GreyWolves had just five hits all game long and two of them were from newcomers. R.J. Teijeiro and Jackson Overlund singled in their debuts with Gresham. Teijeiro also scored the only run of the game for the GreyWolves.
On the positive side for Gresham, reliever Dakota Weindel threw three solid innings out of the bullpen after struggling a bit over the team's recent six-game road trip in Yakima and Wenatchee. He allowed just two hits and struck out three in his three scoreless innings.
With the loss, the GreyWolves have lost four of five and eight of ten. Gresham is now 1-3 on the season versus the AppleSox and with the Corvallis Knights' win on Wednesday, the GreyWolves are now five games behind the West Coast League South Division-leaders at the moment.
The second game of the series, which is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. on Thursday, will continue to theme of debuts. Mike Townsend is expected to throw for the AppleSox and Zak Baayoun is expected to toe the rubber for the GreyWolves. Neither pitcher has an appearance this season. The game will be broadcast on mixlr.com/greywolves.