NORMAL, Ill. — The Gateway Grizzlies scored first Wednesday night on a Blake Brown RBI double, but Gateway fell behind shortly thereafter and never regained the lead in a 9-3 loss to the Normal CornBelters at The Corn Crib.

Gateway (33-43) lost its second straight, and is 0-5 in Normal this season.

Brown was 2-for-4 with a double, continuing the Bloomington-Normal native's career-long trend of hitting well in his hometown.

Justin Ellison and Shane Mardirosian both had solo homers to account for the Grizzlies' other two runs.

Normal (39-32) won its sixth straight game.

Chris Metrick threw two scoreless innings of relief with three strikeouts. Mason Klotz (4-4) had to leave the game in the second inning with an apparent injury and took the loss.

Gateway and Normal will complete their three-game series Thursday at 7:05 p.m.


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 gatewaygrizzlies.com or call 618.337.3000. 

ABOUT THE FRONTIER LEAGUE: The Frontier League is a professional, independent baseball organization. Since its inception, the Frontier League has provided millions of fans to a fun and exciting baseball experience within the American Midwest. Consisting of 12 teams in two divisions and 96 game schedules, the league is recognized for the amount of talented athletes that are picked up by various MLB teams every year.