Grizzlies take series opener from Rascals

Special to the News-DemocratJune 8, 2013 

Gateway outfielder Spiker Helms drove in two runs and collected two hits as the Grizzlies edged the River City Rascals 5-2 on Friday at T.R. Hughes Ballpark in O'Fallon, Mo.

After Alex Guthrie drove in a run with a double in the second inning, Helms picked up his first RBI of the season on a two-run double in the fourth, making it 3-0.

River City (8-10) scored a runs in the fourth and fifth off of Grizzlies starting pitcher Gregg Downing (2-1). The left-hander allowed two runs on six hits in five innings. He walked four batters and struck out four, while garnering the win.

The Grizzlies (11-7) tacked on two more insurance runs oin the seventh inning. Antone DeJesus knocked home a run with a double and Jose Flores capped off the scoring with a sacrifice fly.

Gateway's bullpen tossed four scoreless innings. Ryan Hartman pitched two innings, while Zac Treece and Richard Barrett each pitched one. Barrett collected his fifth save of the season.

Helms, Guthrie and Myers paced the Grizzlies with two hits apiece.

The Grizzlies and Rascals play a split-site doubleheader Saturday. Game one is at 12:05 p.m. at GCS Ballpark in Sauget and game two is at 7:05 p.m. at T.R. Hughes Ballpark.

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