SAUGET, Ill. — The Gateway Grizzlies fell into a 5-0 hole after two innings Friday and could not climb all the way out in a 10-5 loss to the Washington Wild Things to open a three-game series at GCS Credit Union Ballpark.
Washington (6-14) scored four runs in the first inning and one more in the second — all without a home run — to pile up a lead.
Gateway (8-11) answered with three runs in the third inning on an RBI infield single from Brent Sakurai and two-run Andrew Daniel homer (his second big fly in the last two games) to pull within 5-3. Each team scored a run in the fourth inning; the Grizzlies' came on a leadoff solo round-tripper from Luke Lowery.
Lowery and Daniel are tied for the Grizzlies' team lead with four home runs apiece. Daniel picked up his team-leading 13th and 14th RBIs of the year Friday as part of a 4-for-4 with night with a walk. It was the first Grizzlies four-hit game of the season.
Cody Luther (0-1) took the loss in his professional debut. He allowed six runs over 3 2/3 innings and struck out two.
Gateway and Washington will tangle in the second game of their three-game series Saturday at 7:05 p.m. CDT.
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 10 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.