SCHAUMBURG, Ill. — After falling behind 4-0 after two innings, the Gateway Grizzlies rattled off six unanswered runs Thursday night to beat the Schaumburg Boomers 6-5 in the series finale at Boomers Stadium.
Matt McPhearson led the way with four hits, including an RBI double, and scored two runs. After the Grizzlies (10-14) had only two four-hit performances over their first 21 games, four different Grizzlies tallied four hits in a game — three Tuesday, one Thursday — during their three-game series in Schaumburg.
Gateway snapped a three-game losing streak and pulled within four games of the first-place River City Rascals in the West Divison at the quarter mark of the Frontier League season.
Cody Luther (1-1) tossed 5 2/3 innings and did not allow an earned run in a strong bounce-back outing. He struck out three and allowed five runs, but all of them were unearned.
Patrick Boyle, Dakota Smith, and Grant Black combined to throw 3 1/3 scoreless innings out of the Grizzlies' bullpen. They struck out six without a walk and allowed only one hit. Black earned his fourth save in five opportunities this season.
Schaumburg (15-9) scored four in the second and one more in the sixth, all off of three Grizzlies errors.
Gateway is scheduled to open a three-game series in Crestwood, Ill., against the Windy City ThunderBolts at 7:05 p.m. CDT Friday. Dominic Topoozian (2-0, 3.27) is the Grizzlies' probable starter.
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.