For the second night in a row, the Gateway Grizzlies got a multi-homer game: Luke Lowery supplied a pair of big flies Saturday in a 5-0 Grizzlies rout of the Windy City ThunderBolts at Ozinga Field.
Lowery led off the second inning with a solo homer over the left-field fence to give the Grizzlies (31-38) a 1-0 lead, then doubled that advantage with a lead-off solo shot to right-center in the seventh inning.
Gateway won its third game in a row to match its season-long winning streak.
Luis Román scored later in the seventh on a Dustin Woodcock RBI double, then added a Grizzlies insurance run in the eighth on an RBI single that drove in Brent Sakurai, who topped off the scoring when he knocked in Cletis Avery with a single of his own in the ninth.
Woodcock’s double was his third extra-base hit and fourth RBI of the two games so far in the series after he homered twice in the opener Friday.
Chris Carden (6-2) tossed seven scoreless innings for the second time in his last three starts and allowed only five hits en route to his team-leading sixth victory. He struck out nine batters, one short of his career high.
Gateway has won four of five games over Windy City (29-42) at Ozinga Field this season, and three of those four victories have been shutouts.
Sakurai and Román had three hits apiece. Sakurai stole a base. Lowery added a walk to his two big flies to finish 2-for-3. Avery went 1-for-3 with a walk in his Grizzlies debut after he was acquired from the Southern Illinois Miners in a trade Friday.
Gateway will go for its first series sweep and first four-game winning streak of 2019 at 5:05 p.m. CDT Sunday in the series finale against Windy City.