(Photo Credit: Paul Baillargeon)
The Gateway Grizzlies dropped a back-and-forth battle to the Frontier Greys on Monday afternoon at GCS Ballpark, 4-2. Gateway brought the winning run to the plate in the ninth inning, but was unable to capitalize.
The Greys’ victory (2-7) snapped their four-game losing streak. The Grizzlies (2-8) have now dropped four games in a row.
The game was tied 2-2 heading into the ninth inning, before the Greys jumped on the Grizzlies’ bullpen and took advantage of a Grizzlies’ error. Jhiomar Veras doubled off RHP Scott Harkin (0-1) to begin the inning and advanced to third on a wild pitch. After a walk to Scott Carcaise, Brandon Tierny hit a groundball that went off the glove ofGrizzlies’ shortstip Rolando Gomez and into left field, allowing two runs to score.
The Grizzlies made things interesting in the ninth inning, but their rally came up short. Ben Waldrip singled to lead off the inning, which brought up Josh Adams as the tying run. After Jorge Chavarria was inserted as a pinch-runner, Adams hit a grounder to third base, but second baseman Matt Williams was unable to handle the throw from third. After the ball squirted into right field, Chavarria was thrown out at third base trying to advance.
A single by Garrett Vail put runners at first and second with one out, but RHP Kyle Schepel retired the next two Grizzlies’ batters to seal the Greys 4-2 victory. Schepel picked up his first save of the year.
Grizzlies’ starting pitcher Max Schonfeld allowed just one earned run on five hits in seven innings of work. His lone mistake came in the second inning when Carcaise hit a 1-1 pitch over the right field wall to give the Greys a 1-0 lead.
Both of Gateway’s runs came via the home run. Rolando Gomez hit a solo home run in the fourth inning to tie the game at 1-1. Ben Waldrip added a solo shot of his own in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Grizzlies a short-lived 2-1 lead.
The Greys would tie the game in the top of the eighth inning on Julio Rodriguez’s RBI single. Nick Anderson (1-0) allowed a single hit in 1.1 innings of work to earn the victory.
The Grizzlies continue their seven-game homestand Tuesday night at GCS Ballpark against the Florence Freedom. JaVaun West (1-0) will take the mound for the Grizzlies and the Freedom will counter with RHP Casey Henn (1-1). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.