SAUGET, Ill. — The Gateway Grizzlies earned a pair of one-run victories Sunday, both by 3-2 final scores, over the Joliet Slammers at GCS Credit Union Ballpark.
Gateway (28-37) took three of four matchups over the weekend.
Jordan Barrett (3-5) won the first game with seven innings of one-run ball and four strikeouts. Thomas Nicoll (3-2) picked up the win in game two with two runs allowed over five innings and five punchouts.
After falling behind 1-0 in both games, the Grizzlies quickly battled back. They scored all three of their game-one runs in the fourth inning on a Luis Román RBI double that scored Connor Owings and a Matt Brown two-run double that scored Román and Dustin Woodcock. Geoff Bramblett struck out the side in a perfect ninth inning for the save; he's converted all seven of his save opportunities in 2019.
In the nightcap, the Grizzlies struck back on a two-run Woodcock homer over the right-field fence to take the lead. He narrowly missed a first-inning grand slam but launched his fifth big fly — all in July — in the third inning. Luke Lowery had tied the game earlier in the frame when he scored on a wild pitch.
Grant Black collected the save in the second game — his ninth of the season. Bramblett and Black have combined to convert all nine Grizzlies save chances in July.
Joliet (26-40) dropped to the worst record in the Frontier League.
Gateway will be off Monday and Tuesday before opening a two-game series Wednesday on the road against the first-place Florence Freedom.
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.