The Gresham bullpen falls apart in the 12th inning, giving up eight runs to Walla Walla

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GRESHAM — The GreyWolves did everything they could to claw their way back in the game to force extra innings in the bottom of the ninth. But after the Gresham bullpen held Walla Walla scoreless for five straight frames, the wheels came off in the top of the 12th.

With the game tied 4-4 going into the 12th, the GreyWolves bullpen gave up eight runs in the inning as Gresham fell to Walla Walla 12-4 on Tuesday night at Oslund Field.

"We regained the momentum in the bottom of the ninth and if you don't win it in the next couple of innings, the momentum kind of goes away," Gresham head coach Justin Barchus said. "We didn't lose it in the 12th. Yeah our relievers weren't great and our defense wasn't great. But you can't ask for more than three opportunities to win a baseball game. If you can't score one run in three innings, you don't deserve to win."

The GreyWolves offense struggled to get anything going off Walla Walla starting pitcher Chris Lincoln, who was a 13th round draft pick by the Chicago Cubs in 2016. Lincoln was reaching 94 MPH with his fastball and had the Gresham hitters on their heels early on.

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