West Coast League
The Gresham Greywolves seemed to turn a corner after a 15-2 drubbing of the Wenatchee Apple Sox in the previous game, but poor pitching continues to be an issue for this Greywolves squad.
Gresham gave up 11 free passes in this one as the Greywolves fell to Wenatchee 10-2 in the rubber game of the series on Friday night at Oslund field.
Gresham head coach didn't mince words when talking about his pitching staff's performance in the series.
"We can't pitch right now. That is what it comes down to. We have given away close to 30 free bases in this series, when you shouldn't have more than three in any given game," Barchus said. "We have to be able to throw it across the white thing and right now we're not doing that."
The Apple Sox got an unearned run in the top of the first to snag an early 1-0 lead. But their offense really got going in the top of the third, scoring four runs in the frame and knocking Greywolves starting pitcher Ryan Ward out of the game after just 2 and 1/3 innings of work.
The one bright spot on the bump for Gresham was middle reliever Brayden Bonner, who was put into the game in the third with the bases loaded and one out. Bonner got out of the inning with only one run being scored on a close play at home plate after a shallow fly ball hit to right field by Jack Machtolf.
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