Grizzlies take two from Rascals

Special to the News-DemocratJune 8, 2013 

Gateway Grizzlies starting pitching tamed the River City Rascals bats Saturday as the Grizzlies won both games of a split-site day-doubleheader.

The Grizzlies defeated the Rascals 2-0 in afternoon opener at GCS Ballpark in Sauget, and 4-2 in the nightcap at T.R. Hughes Ballpark in O'Fallon, Mo.

Gateway has won four games in a row, which is its longest win streak of the season.

In game one, Gateway (13-7) and River City (8-12) combined for only four hits with the Grizzlies picking up their second shutout win of the season.

Grizzlies catcher Matt Mirabal smashed a solo home run in the third inning to give his team an early lead and Antone DeJesus added an insurance run on a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch in the seventh inning.

Tucker Jensen (2-0) took a no-hitter into the sixth and fired seven scoreless innings, allowing only two hits.

The right-hander from Ormond Beach, Fla., walked six batters and struck out four.

Jason Sullivan pitched a perfect eighth inning and Richard Barrett picked up his sixth save of the season and his second in as many days.

In the nightcap, Landon Hernandez drove in three runs to pace the Grizzlies to a win.

Hernandez hit his third home run of the season in the second inning to give Gateway the early lead.

River City scored two runs in the fifth, but the Grizzlies answered with a two-out rally in the eighth, scoring twice to take a lead on a Hernandez two-run single.

Jon Myers provided insurance with a ninth inning homer. It was his third home run of the season.

Starting pitcher Tim Brown (3-2) pitched eight superb innings to notch the win for the Grizzlies. Brown, a right-hander from St. Louis, allowed only one earned run.

Zac Treece pitched the ninth inning and notched his second save.

The Grizzlies and Rascals will complete their four-game series Sunday at T.R. Highes Ballpark in O'Fallon, Mo. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05.

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