Grizzlies' Stephens earns first professional victory

Special to the News-DemocratJuly 13, 2013 

Rookie right-hander Jake Stephens recorded his first professional win and helped propel the Gateway Grizzlies to a 6-3 victory against the Evansville Otters on Saturday night at GCS Ballpark in Sauget.

Stephens (1-1) allowed only five hits and two runs in six and a third innings. The Marietta, Ga., native struck out two and walked one, while throwing 82 pitches.

Gateway (32-18) won for the 15th time in their last 18 home games and improved to 20-7 at GCS Ballpark.

A crowd of 4,316 saw the Grizzlies jump out to a 1-0 first inning lead on an RBI single by Landon Hernandez.

Alex Guthrie extended the Grizzlies lead in the third inning, delivering a three-run home run to right field. The blast was Guthrie's third of the season.

Hernandez drove in his second run of the night and his 38th of the season in the fifth inning to give Gateway a 5-0 lead.

After retiring 14 batters in a row and recording four straight one-two-three innings, Stephens allowed a leadoff home run to Steve Marino in the sixth inning.

Stephens allowed two doubles in the seventh inning that scored one Evansville (26-23) run and removed him from the game.

The Grizzlies scored a run on a double play groundout in the sixth and Evansville picked up an RBI groundout in the eighth to finish off the scoring.

Zac Treece picked up the save for the Grizzlies, firing a scoreless ninth inning. It was his fourth of the season.

Every Grizzlies batter recorded at least one hit in the game, with Hernandez and Jon Myers recording two each.

Right-hander Ja'Vaun West (7-2) goes for the Grizzlies Sunday night at GCS Ballpark, where it's Alzheimer's Night. First pitch is set for 6:05.

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