Grizzlies and Rascals split doubleheader

Special to the News-DemocratJuly 10, 2013 

The Gateway Grizzlies and River City Rascals split a doubleheader on Wednesday night at T.R. Hughes Ballpark in O'Fallon, Mo.

River City (20-27) defeated Gateway (30-17) in the opener 6-2 and Gateway picked up a comeback 8-5 win in the second game.

In game one, River City scored all six of its runs in the first three innings off Gateway starting pitcher Matt Sergey (0-1).

Danny Canella drove in a run on an RBI single in the first to give the Rascals an early lead.

In the second inning, Steve Carillo blasted a two-run home run and Phil Wunderlich brought in a run on a groundout. The home run was Carillo's first of the season.

River City scored twice in the third inning. Will Block picked up a hit-by-pitch RBI and Eric Williams brought in a run on a fielder's choice.

Sergey allowed six runs in two and a third innings in the loss. The right-hander walked five batters and had no strikeouts.

Ryan Hartman fired 2 2/3 scoreless innings, while striking out two batters.

Gateway scored an unearned run in the fourth and Alex Guthrie drove in his ninth run of the season in the seventh.

Antone DeJesus and Guthrie led Gateway with two hits each.

In game two, Jet Butler drilled a three-run home run to right center in the first inning to give the Grizzlies a big lead early.

Making his professional debut, Grizzlies starting pitcher Ethan McKinzie allowed four runs on only three hits in 1 1/3 innings. The right-hander walked five batters and hit a batter.

McKinzie left in the second inning with Gateway trailing 4-3.

Carillo knocked in a run with a single in the third inning to extend the Rascals lead to two runs.

Michael Pair and Max Ayarza started the fourth inning with back-to-back singles and Spiker Helms converted a sacrifice bunt. Jonathan Johnson followed with a two-run double to even the game at five.

The score stayed that way until the eighth inning of a scheduled seven inning game.

With two outs in the eighth, Jose Flores blasted a solo home run to right field to give Gateway a one-lead. Two batters later Butler hit his second homer of the game, extending the Grizzlies lead.

Richard Barrett (2-0) pitched the final two innings to pick up the win for the Grizzlies.

The Grizzlies and Rascals finish up their series Thursday night. First pitch is set for 7:05 at T.R. Hughes Ballpark.

The Grizzlies return home on Friday when they start a weekend series against the Evansville Otters at GCS Ballpark. That series wraps up the first half of the Frontier League season.

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