Gateway's Baker collects his first professional win

Special to the News-DemocratAugust 11, 2013 

Gateway starting pitcher Aaron Baker pitched seven strong innings to notch his first professional win as the Grizzlies defeated the Traverse City Beach Bums 4-2 on Sunday night at Wuerfel Park in Traverse City, Mich.

Baker (1-2), who was making his first career start and eighth pro appearance, allowed only two runs on five hits. The right-hander, from Belton, Mo., had no walks and five strikeouts while only throwing 86 pitches.

After allowing a second-inning home run to Chase Burch, Baker received help from his offense in the fifth inning. Trailing 1-0, Grizzlies second baseman Jose Flores hit a two-out bases-clearing three-run double to put the Grizzlies ahead for good at 3-1.

Gateway (45-30) tacked on an insurance run in the eighth with a Jet Butler RBI single.

Taking over for Baker, Grizzlies relief pitcher Zac Treece fired two perfect innings to finish off the win and collect his fifth save. Treece struck out the final five batters he faced.

Butler paced the Grizzlies offense with a 2-for-4 night.

With the win, the Grizzlies once again own the best overall record in the Frontier League.

The Grizzlies and Beach Bums play the rubber game of their series Monday night at Wuerfel Park. Rookie right-hander Edison Alvarez (0-1) makes the start for Gateway.

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