Home BaseballGateway Grizzlies Grizzlies Drop Ugly Series Finale To Y’alls

Grizzlies Drop Ugly Series Finale To Y’alls

by Jason Guerette

The Gateway Grizzlies committed a season-high five errors defensively, walked nine batters, and hit three others for the Florence Y’alls, nullifying a 13-hit day on offense in a 15-6 loss at Thomas More Stadium on Sunday afternoon. 

 

A leadoff hit-by-pitch and three walks helped the Y’alls score three runs in the first inning of starter Clint Freeman (0-2) as the home team took the lead and would never lose it. Gateway was able to use a two-out error by first baseman Alex Ludwick to get on the board in the top of the second inning, then got within 3-2 in the fourth inning when Trevor Achenbach hit his team-leading 12th home run of the season off Florence starter Jared Cheek (1-2). 

 

Florence would get that run back in the bottom half of the frame on a solo shot by Andres Sthormes to make it 4-2, but would blow the game open in the bottom of the fifth inning thanks to a three-run home run by Anthony Brocato that made it 7-2, and then back-to-back errors with two outs that brought in two additional runs and made the score 9-2. 

 

Gateway would rally back to get within three thanks to Achenbach’s second home run of the game in the sixth, and then three straight two-out RBI hits in the seventh by Jose Rosario, Achenbach, and Freeman to make it a 9-6 ballgame. But again, the defense faltered in the late innings, as the Grizzlies committed two errors that helped lead to four more runs crossing the plate in the seventh, then a fifth and final error in a two-run eighth inning for the Y’alls that capped the scoring at 15-6. 

 

Achenbach finished 3-for-5 with two homers, a double, three runs scored, and three RBIs to lead Gateway offensively, while Freeman and Jay Prather also enjoyed multi-hit games as the Grizzlies out-hit Florence 13-10, but lost the rubber game. 

 

The Grizzlies’ road swing continues on Tuesday, June 28, when they open up a three-game series against the Windy City ThunderBolts in Crestwood, Illinois. Carson LaRue will make the start for Gateway in the series opener against the ‘Bolts Kenny Mathews at Ozinga Field.

Related Articles