The Gateway Grizzlies fell 9-5 to the Windy City Thunderbolts on Sunday afternoon at Standard Bank Stadium. Gateway has now lost five games in a row.
For the third straight day, Windy City’s offense jumped ahead early against Grizzlies’ pitching. ThunderBolts’ second baseman Mike Torres laced a single in the first inning against Gateway RHP Kevin Sweeney (0-2), who then allowed a pair of run-scoring hits to Jacob Tanis and Marquis Riley. Another run scored on a wild pitch to make it 3-0.
After the Grizzlies (7-20) scratched across a run in the third inning on Rolando Gomez’s RBI double, Windy City (12-13) struck back immediately. Austin Ghallagher blasted his first home run of the year to start the bottom half of the third, which was followed by Max White’s three-run homer to make it 8-1.
Gateway’s offense couldn’t muster up much against Windy City starter Travis Tingle (2-4). Although the Grizzlies collected nine hits, Tingle allowed just two runs in six innings of work.
Tyler Tewell brought the Grizzlies closer with a three-run homer in the seventh inning, which was his second blast in as many days. It made the score 9-5, but that was all the Grizzlies’ offense could accomplish against Windy City’s bullpen.
Gateway’s bullpen was a bright spot for manager Phil Warren. After Sweeney struggled, RHP Troy Barton entered and limited the damage with three innings of one-run ball. RHP Jordan Wellander, RHP David Murillo, and RHP Brett Zawacki each contributed a scoreless inning.
The Grizzlies head back home to GCS Ballpark for a six-game homestand beginning on Tuesday evening against the River City Rascals. RHP Vince Molesky makes the start for Gateway. The game can be heard on the Grizzlies Radio Network, which airs on 101 ESPN’s digital channels and 1400 AM KJFF. Sam Levitt will call the action.