NORMAL, Ill. — The Gateway Grizzlies allowed four runs in the first inning Thursday night and never led in an 8-4 loss to the Normal CornBelters at The Corn Crib.

Gateway (33-44) finished the season series 3-9 against the CornBelters (40-32), including an 0-6 mark in Normal. Across the 12 meetings, the Grizzlies allowed 26 first-inning runs.

Over the first four games between the two teams in 2018, Gateway did not concede a first-inning run and won three of the four games. All 26 first-inning runs scored in the remaining eight games (3.25 per game), and the Grizzlies lost all eight.

Max MacNabb (8-7) allowed seven runs (six earned) over 6 1/3 innings for the loss.

Jeff Cardenas was 3-for-4 with a double and a walk. Justin Ellison had a double and two walks. Blake Brown and Shane Mardirosian both tripled.

Gateway will return home to open a three-game series Friday night against the Southern Illinois Miners.


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. 

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.