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Grizzlies Fall In Evansville Finale

by Jason Guerette
The Gateway Grizzlies came back from an early 1-0 deficit to take a 2-1 lead in their bid to sweep the midweek series against the Evansville Otters, but surrendered five unanswered runs in the middle frames en route to a 6-2 loss at Bosse Field.
In the first inning, Deylen Miley (1-1) issued a leadoff walk to Patrick Lee, who stole second base, moved to third on a groundout, and scored on a sacrifice fly by David Mendham to make the score 1-0 Otters. That lead would last until the third inning, when Jose Alvarez led off with a single and later scored on a two-out RBI single by Gabe Holt, tying the score at 1-1.
In the top of the fourth inning, Peter Zimmermann led off the frame with a solo home run off Otters starter Parker Brahms (1-1), giving the Grizzlies a 2-1 lead. In the bottom of the frame though, a wild pitch brought home the tying run, and in the fifth inning, the Otters plated four runs off Miley to take a 6-2 lead. Mendham had an RBI double in the inning, and Randy Bednar capped it with a two-run home run, his second in as many nights.
The Grizzlies’ offense was unable to make a late comeback, though a bright spot was the pitching of Alvery De Los Santos, as the reliever came in for Miley in the fifth inning and ended up finishing the contest, allowing just three singles and no walks over three and one-third strong innings, striking out five to save the rest of the Gateway bullpen.
Coming off the series win in Evansville at 3-3 on the season, the Grizzlies will open up their home slate tomorrow night, Friday, May 17, hosting the Windy City ThunderBolts at Grizzlies Ballpark. Ryne Moore gets the ball to start for Gateway against Windy City right-hander Kevin Pindel, with first pitch scheduled for 6:30 p.m. CT in Sauget.

Jason Guerette is the Grizzlies' Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations and the "Voice of the Grizzlies." 2023 will be his second season with the organization, handling lead broadcasting duties on the Grizzlies Media Network as well as being in charge of all team press releases and game-day media materials.

2023 will also be Jason's ninth season in the Frontier League after spending 2014-21 in the same role with the Southern Illinois Miners. Overall, he has broadcasted close to 800 games in the league, including playoffs. During the baseball offseason, he serves as a play-by-play broadcaster for Manhattan College and the New Jersey Institute of Technology, with games being seen on ESPN+ among other platforms.

In addition to broadcasting, Jason works as a public address announcer for Seton Hall University women's basketball as well as Columbia University men's and women's basketball. He also spent nine years working "behind the scenes" as a freelance board operator and highlight editor at Westwood One for their coverage of the NFL, NCAA football, and NCAA basketball.

Jason graduated from Seton Hall in 2012 with B.A. in Communication Studies and a minor in Broadcasting & Visual Media.

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