Brown earns his seventh win as Grizzlies down CornBelters

Special to the News-DemocratJuly 7, 2013 

Tim Brown became the second Gateway pitcher to reach seven wins as the Grizzlies edged the Normal CornBelters 3-2 on Sunday night at the Corn Crib in Normal.

Brown (7-2), who moved to 5-0 in five road starts, scattered six hits and allowed only two runs in eight innings of work. The right-hander had five strikeouts and no walks. He joins fellow starting pitcher Ja'Vaun West in the seven-win club.

Richard Barrett finished off the game with a scoreless ninth inning to notch his 11th save. Barrett hasn't allowed a run in 13 consecutive appearances.

Normal (25-20) took the first lead of the game in the third inning. Santiago Chirino hit a two-out double and came in to score on a Mike Schwartz RBI single.

The Grizzlies (29-15) didn't answer until the seventh when Normal starting pitcher Jose Trinidad seemed to lose his command.

Jet Butler led off the inning with an infield single and was moved to third on a Jon Myers double. Antone DeJesus drew a walk and Michael Pair picked up an RBI walk to tie the score.

Max Ayarza then drilled a two-run single to center, giving the Grizzlies a two-run lead.

Chirino picked up an RBI single in the eighth against Brown, but the Grizzlies held on for their seventh one-run win of the season.

Butler and Ayarza paced the Grizzlies with two hits each.

With the victory, the Grizzlies remained three games ahead of Schaumburg in the Frontier League West Division.

The Grizzlies have an off day Monday before beginning a series with the River City Rascals on Tuesday in O'Fallon, Mo. Ja'Vaun West (7-1) will start the 7:05 p.m. game at T.R. Hughes Ballpark.

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