SAUGET, Ill. – The Grizzlies took an early two-run lead in the first inning on Saturday night at GCS Credit Union Ballpark, but could not keep the momentum going through the middle innings. FINAL SCORE: Evansville: 8 Gateway: 4

Gateway starter Will Landsheft started strong, allowing only one run through the first four innings while striking out four.

The Grizzlies provided Landsheft with early run support when they scored twice in the first inning, thanks in part to Blake Brown's 11th home run of the season.

Evansville cut the lead in half in the third on a leadoff home run by third baseman Ryan Long.

Evansville continued their scoring in the fifth. Shortstop Chris Riopedre led off with a triple to right center and scored on an RBI single by Long. After loading the bases, Landsheft walked home the go-ahead run to make the score 3-2 in favor of Evansville.

Evansville added three more insurance runs in the eighth to extend the lead to six.

Gateway made its way back on the scoreboard in the bottom of the eighth inning. Joel McKeithan doubled in Terry McClure to cut the deficit to five. Newcomer Ramon Osuna walked with the bases loaded to add another run. With the bases loaded and two outs, Matt Hearn struck out swinging to end the threat.

The Grizzlies went scoreless in the bottom of the ninth, allowing Evansville to even up the series by a final score of 8-4.

Will Landsheft suffered the loss, dropping his 2017 record to 3-5. He worked through four and a third innings, allowing three runs off of six hits. He walked four and struck out four.

Gateway will be back in action for the series finale against Evansville Sunday night. First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. All of the action can be heard on the Grizzlies Media Network.

ABOUT THE GATEWAY GRIZZLIES: The Gateway Grizzlies are a professional baseball team, located a mere 100-yards from I-255 (10 minutes from downtown St. Louis). The Grizzlies offer baseball fans entertainment, the likes of which are difficult to find - affordable, family, fun in the comfortable GCS Credit Union Ballpark with a great view of the St. Louis skyline. For tickets or general information please visit or call 618.337.3000


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