WASHINGTON, Pa. — The Gateway Grizzlies (4-0) hammered out seven runs on five hits in the first inning Tuesday night and won their fourth in a row to open the season with an 8-5 triumph over the Washington Wild Things.
Blake Brown got the scoring started with a two-run single that scored Matt Hearn and Cody Livesay. Terry McClure drove Brown home on an RBI double before scoring himself on a wild pitch. Jonathan Piron, Brennan Morgan and Joel McKeithan all added runs of their own.
Washington starter Danny Garmendia lasted just a third of an inning in his Frontier League debut.
Gateway added a run in the third on a colossal McKeithan solo home run over the scoreboard in left-center field — his second big fly of the young campaign.
Washington (2-2) got a Roman Collins three-run homer in the sixth and a Reydel Medina solo shot in the seventh, but Grizzlies relievers retired the final eight Wild Things to bat and survived for the win.
The Grizzlies and the Wild Things match up again tomorrow night in game two of the series at 6:05 p.m. CDT. Fans can tune in at 5:50 p.m. for the Budweiser Pregame Show to kick off the Grizzlies Media Network’s coverage. The game will air on KJFF (1400 AM), yoradio.com/grizzlies and the Yo Radio app.