GreyWolves pick up a big one on the road
Jack Johnson delivers a winning two-run single in the sixth inning
WEST COAST LEAGUE
Saturday, July 30
The GreyWolves put together a two-out rally in the sixth inning to get past Bend 3-1 in the opening game of their road series Saturday night.
Character shows in that situation, Gresham coach Justin Barchus said. We control what we can control going ahead, and this shows our guys are still fighing for it.
Jack Johnson struck out with two runners on in the fourth inning, but made the most of his second chance, supplying the go-ahead charge with a two-run single through the middle.
Jack stuck with his approach and came up with a big shot through the middle, Barchus said.
Will Matthiesen added an RBI-single to stretch the lead.
Bend created chances down the stretch with lead-off doubles in the sixth and seventh innings. The GreyWolves didn't allow the runner to advance in the sixth.
Chris Brown went up against their 3-4-5 hitters and got all three to get themselves out, Barchus said.
Jordan Barchus caught a pop up near second base to end a bases-loaded threat in the seventh.
Bend hit a pair of singles to put the tying run on base in the ninth, but Gresham closer Mike Clark finished the victory by inducing a ground ball to shortstop Dylan Doherty.
Brown, the game's starter, struck out four through seven innings.
The series continues Sunday and Monday night in Bend before the GreyWolves travel to Corvallis to play the Knights in a three-game set that begins Tuesday.
Gresham remains a game and a half behind Yakima Valley in the South Division standings after the Pippins held on for a 6-5 win over Kelowna. The GreyWolves need to overtake Yakima Valley to earn a spot in the West Coast League playoffs.