Grizzlies crunch Boomers

Special to the News-DemocratJuly 25, 2013 

The Gateway Grizlies received three hits from four different players and cruised to a 10-3 victory against the Schaumburg Boomers Thursday night at Boomers Stadium in Schaumburg.

Jonathan Johnson, Chris McClendon, Landon Hernandez and Antone DeJesus all recorded three hits while the Grizzlies notched 17 hits as a team, finishing one shy of the their season high.

Gateway (36-22) used three big innings to pound the Boomers and extend its divisional lead to four and a half games over them.

Gateway raced out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, collecting four hits against Boomers starting pitcher Matt Kuna (4-3). Jet Butler and Jon Myers recorded RBI singles and a Schaumburg error led to another Grizzlies run.

Schaumburg (32-27) scored single runs in the second and third innings before Myers blasted a three-run homer with two outs in the fifth inning to give the Grizzlies a 6-2 lead.

The home run was Myers' league-leading 13th of the season.

In the eighth, McClendon drove in two runs on his third double of the road trip and Hernandez followed with a two-run home run to left field, givingGateway a four-run inning and extend its lead to 10-2.

Schaumburg added a run in the eighth against Grizzlies starting pitcher Tucker Jensen.

Jensen allowed three runs on six hits in eight innings, striking out six batters. He also picked up his first road win of the season.

The Grizzlies continue their series Friday night at Schaumburg. Right-hander Tim Brown (8-2) will make his first start since his no-hitter on Saturday against Lake Erie. First pitch is set for 6:30.

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