SAUGET, Ill. — The Gateway Grizzlies fell into a 7-0 hole in the third inning Thursday and never recovered in a 9-4 loss to the Southern Illinois Miners at GCS Credit Union Ballpark.
Gateway (31-43) lost its fifth straight game.
Southern Illinois (42-33) won its eighth game in a row and swept a four-game series for only the second time in its franchise history.
The Miners scored four runs in the first inning, another in the second, and two more in the third. Six different Miners had multiple hits.
Five Grizzlies had multi-hit performances, but they left the bases loaded in the fifth and sixth innings and stranded 11 total runners. They collected 14 hits — only one fewer than the Miners' 15 — but the big hits were elusive.
Dominic Topoozian (5-5) took the loss with eight runs (six earned) allowed over six innings. He struck out five.
Gateway will open a three-game series Friday with a 7:05 p.m. CDT first pitch against the Windy City ThunderBolts.
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.