Special to the News-Democrat
Gateway Grizzlies catcher Landon Hernandez had two of his team's three RBIs in a 3-2 win against the Frontier Greys on Wednesday afternoon at GCS Ballpark in Sauget.
Playing in front of 4,427 fans, Hernandez had a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the first to score Jonathan Johnson and give Gateway (15-7) a 1-0 lead. Johnson later scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the eighth on a Hernandez single.
The Grizzlies, who have won six of their eight series this season, have now won six consecutive games.
Both teams scored early and most of the game was spent tied 2-2. Gateway plated two in the bottom of the first. A Balbino Fuenmayor two-run homer tied the game in the top of the second.
Pitching was the story for most of the afternoon. Gateway left-hander Gregg Downing went seven innings, giving up two runs, five hits, two walks and striking out 11.
The 11 strikeouts were a season-high for Downing.
Left-hander Eric Wooten started for the Greys. He went seven innings, allowing two runs on five hits. He struck out seven and didn't walk any.
The win went to Gateway reliever Zac Treece (3-0). Richard Barrett recorded his league-leading seventh save.
The Grizzlies, who were amidst a seven-game home stand, will close their four-game series with the Greys on Thursday. Game time is 7:05 p.m. It will be Bachelor Auction Night presented by The EDGE and The Bleu Monkey, Photo Tours of St. Louis, MVP Program and Ladies Night.