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Bad Inning Sinks Grizzlies In Ottawa

Gateway surrenders five two-out runs in fifth, stumbles in series opener

by Jason Guerette
The Gateway Grizzlies had a 2-0 lead against the Ottawa Titans on Tuesday night, but let it slip away in a six-run bottom of the fifth that included five two-out runs allowed in a 7-3 loss at Ottawa Stadium.
Neither team scored in the first three innings against Deylen Miley (2-2) and Grant Larson (2-2). In the fourth, Gabe Holt reached on his second infield single of the game, and two batters later, Peter Zimmermann came up and hit the first pitch he saw from Larson deep over the left field wall for a home run, making the score 2-0 Grizzlies.
That lead was short-lived. In the bottom of the frame, Jake Sanford cracked a solo homer of his own to right field off Miley to make it 2-1. In the next inning, Christian Ibarra led off the inning by hitting his first home run of the season.
Miley then got the next two men out, but could not get out of the inning. Jake Guenther’s fly ball to shallow right field dropped in between Zimmermann and Holt, which set in motion a chain of seven straight batters reaching base safely for Ottawa, during which they scored five additional runs to blow the game open and make the score 7-2. Victor Cerny had a pinch-hit, go-ahead RBI single in the frame, with Michael Fuhrman, Jamey Smart, and Ibarra tacking on RBIs afterwards.
Gateway got back on the board in the seventh when Abdiel Diaz singled home D.J. Stewart to make it 7-3, but the Grizzlies got no closer in suffering the series-opening defeat.
They will look to bounce back quickly in the middle game of the series on Wednesday, June 5, with an 10:00 a.m. CT first pitch at Ottawa Stadium. Collin Sullivan will look to get the Grizzlies back in the win column against Ottawa right-hander Scott Prins.

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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