Grizzlies rally past Schaumburg

Special to the News-DemocratJuly 26, 2013 

The Gateway Grizzlies scored four unanswered runs and rallied to pick up a 4-3 comeback win against the Schaumburg Boomers on Friday night at Boomers Stadium.

The win gave the Grizzlies their 13th series win of the season and set them up for their sixth series sweep.

Gateway (37-22) has won four of five games during its road trip to extend its divisional lead to four games.

Schaumburg (32-28) built a 3-0 lead after two innings of play in front of 4,196 fans.

Brian McConkey picked up an infield RBI single in the first inning and Gerard Hall blasted a two-run home run in the second inning off of Gateway starting pitcher Tim Brown (9-2).

After allowing three runs on four hits in the first two innings, Brown settled in and allowed only four hits during the remainder of his start.

Brown picked up the win, giving up three runs on eight hits in seven innings. The right-hander from St. Louis moved to 6-0 on the road in his sixth road start. Brown is 7-0 in his last nine starts.

Gateway started its comeback in the fourth inning on a Jet Butler fielder's choice RBI to pull within two runs.

Jose Flores singled to start the sixth inning and Chris McClendon followed with an RBI double, making it 3-2. After Landon Hernandez moved McClendon to third base on a deep fly out to right field, Butler singled in McClendon for the game-tying run.

Hernandez led off the eighth inning with a walk and advanced to third on a Schaumburg error that led to Hernandez scoring a run on a Jon Myers double-play ground out.

Richard Barrett pitched a one-two-three ninth inning to lock down his 12th save, his first since July 7.

The Grizzlies finish up their series Saturday night at Schaumburg. Right-hander Ja'Vaun West (7-3) will try to lead the Grizzlies to a series sweep. First pitch is set for 6:00.

The Grizzlies don't return to GCS Ballpark until Sunday night when they take on the Frontier Greys at 7:05.

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