On a night when the Grizzlies put on a spectacular post game fireworks performance, the team did quite the opposite against the traveling Frontier Greys – until the ninth inning.
A packed crowd of 6,842, the 13th largest in franchise history, came to celebrate Independence weekend, and saw the Grizzlies with an impressive late comeback to win 5-4.
The Grizzlies were the victim of some long home runs early in the game. Vincent Molesky gave up a two run homer to Brandon Tierney in the fourth, a bomb that easily cleared the high center field fence at GCS Ballpark. Jihromar Veras followed suit in the fifth with a solo shot to deep left field. Unable to muster much offense recently, a three run hole seemed like too much to overcome for the Gateway.
The best chance the Grizzlies had early was in the sixth when they loaded the bases with only one out. A walk to Grant Buckner forced in the only run. Spectacular defense by Greys center fielder Ben Lodge kept Jared Welch from a potential bases loaded, inside the park grand slam.
In the bottom of the ninth trailing 4-1, the offense finally woke up. Again faced with a bases loaded, one out situation, the Grizzlies managed to tie it up on a walk and two singles. Grant Buckner, who had a rough night at the plate, hit a one hopper to Greys pitcher Brett Shankin, which deflected off of his glove and brought home Rolando Gomez for the winning run.
The Grizzlies improved to 14-28 on the season while the Greys dropped five games below .500 to 18-23. The teams meet again Saturday for a 6:35 start. Right hander Tyler Thompson toes the rubber for Gateway and will be opposed by Eric Kline.