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Grizzlies Blown Out At Tri-City

Gateway allows nine walks, five home runs in lopsided defeat

by Jason Guerette

The Gateway Grizzlies fell behind big early, and could never recover in losing to the Tri-City ValleyCats on Friday night by a score of 16-4 at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium. 


Carson LaRue (2-3) struggled in the game, allowing a pair of homers in the bottom of the first which gave Tri-City a 3-0 lead. The ValleyCats then scored a single run in the second inning to take a 4-0 lead before Gateway responded in the top of the third- Ian Bibiloni hit a solo homer in his first at-bat with the Grizzlies, and Isaac Benard followed with a bomb of his own later in the inning to make it a 4-2 Gateway deficit. 


But another homer, this one by Brad Zunica, made it 5-2, and the ValleyCats chased LaRue with a three-run fourth inning to make the score 8-2. After Justin Ferrell tossed a pair of scoreless innings in the fifth and sixth, the wheels fell off the cart for the Grizzlies in the seventh, as they issued five walks (giving them a season-high-tying nine in the game overall) and also gave up two more home runs in what became an eight-run inning, with Denis Phipps’ grand slam making the score 16-2. 


Kevin Krause would get the Grizzlies back on the board in the top of the eighth with a two-run double, but it was too little, too late for a comeback as Gateway dropped the series opener in their first-ever meeting with the ValleyCats. 


Gateway will look to bounce back on Saturday, July 23, at 6:00 p.m. CT in the middle game of the series against Tri-City, with J.P. Williams taking the mound for the Grizzlies against ValleyCats southpaw Ryan Williamson at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium.

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