A disastrous sixth inning and some uncharacteristically poor pitching performances sent the Bend Elks to an 11-4 loss to the Gresham GreyWolves on Thursday evening at Vince Genna Stadium.
With the score tied 1-1 in the sixth, relief pitcher Matthew Kirk allowed five of the six batters he faced to reach base before getting pulled in favor of Chase Thometz, who gave up runs on a fielder’s choice, a wild pitch and two singles as the GreyWolves (6-7 second half, 16-24 overall) took a 7-1 lead.
Kirk has been one of the most consistent relievers for Bend (7-7, 19-22), going five straight appearances dating to July 1 without allowing a run while giving up just five hits and a walk in nine innings this month. He came into Thursday’s game with a 2.60 ERA overall.
Niko Holm gave the Elks a 1-0 lead with a single in the fourth inning, and Gresham tied it in the fifth.
In the seventh, Thometz gave up a walk before giving way to Caleb Henry, who have up three runs (two earned) on three hits and a walk. Henry had allowed just one earned run in his 141⁄3 innings this season and came in with a 0.62 ERA, which rose to 1.76.
Five Elks pitchers combined to allow 19 hits and give up double-digit runs for the fourth straight game.
The Elks will try to avoid being swept in a home series for the first time this season Friday. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m.
— Bulletin staff report