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Big Inning Leads Grizzlies To Bounce-Back Win

by Jason Guerette
The Gateway Grizzlies scored seven runs in the bottom of the third inning, busting open a 1-1 game with their biggest offensive frame of the season to back another outstanding start by Deylen Miley (4-3) in a 10-2 victory over the New England Knockouts on Wednesday night at Grizzlies Ballpark.
New England touched up Miley for the game’s first run in the top of the first inning on a John Cristino solo homer, but in the bottom of the second, Kevin Krause went deep to right field for a home run of his own, drawing the Grizzlies back even at 1-1. Then, in the bottom of the third, Peter Zimmermann gave Gateway the lead at 2-1 with a solo homer of his own to right field.
But the best was yet to come in the inning for the home team against New England starter Matt Cronin (1-5). With one out, Jack-Thomas Wold doubled, and Krause singled before newest Grizzlie Victor Castillo walked to load the bases. Jose Alvarez then brought in another run on an RBI fielder’s choice, making it a 3-1 game. Abdiel Diaz followed two pitches later with an RBI single to center field for a 4-1 lead, and the Grizzlies would cap off the inning in very short succession on the next two pitches by Cronin, with Gabe Holt’s RBI single making it 5-1, and D.J. Stewart bashing a three-run homer to left-center field to put Gateway up 8-1.
That was all Miley needed, as the Gateway right-hander set new career-highs with seven innings pitched as well as 12 strikeouts, permitting just two earned runs on four hits to earn his fourth win of the season. New England got back on the board in the sixth inning on an RBI double by Cristino, but that was the only hit Miley allowed in the final four innings he threw.
Gateway would complete their scoring in the bottom of the eighth, as Stewart and Zimmermann led off with singles before David Maberry rocketed an RBI double down the left field line for his first Gateway run batted in and a 9-2 lead. Wold brought in another run with an RBI groundout to cap the scoring for the Grizzlies, who amassed 15 hits as a team for the second straight game against the Knockouts in front of 4,176 fans in Sauget.
The Grizzlies will now go for the series win in the rubber game on Independence Day, Thursday, July 4, at 7:05 p.m. CT. Kaleb Hill will pitch for the Grizzlies against New England’s Ben Seiler in a matchup of lefties.

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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