Slumping Grizzlies drop another to Evansville

Special to the News-DemocratAugust 17, 2013 

The Evansville Otters handed Gateway its fifth straight loss Saturday night beating the Grizzlies 3-2 in Evansville, Ind.

The Grizzlies have dropped the first two games of a three-game weekend set in Evansville and are three games behind the Schaumburg Boomers in the Frontier League's West Division.

Evansville jumped in front 2-0 in the third after back-to-back RBIs from Chris Elder and James Mallard.

Gateway countered in the top of the fifth. Landon Hernandez led off the inning with a single. Jet Butler followed with a two-run home run, tying it 2-2.

Neither team scored again until the seventh. Gateway intentionally walked Nick Schwaner to load the bases with one out. Elder then hit a sacrifice fly, driving in the winning run and notching his second RBI of the game.

Otter starter Trevor Walch went 6 2/3 innings. However, he did not factor in the decision. Mike Hanley (3-0) got the win after throwing a third of an inning in relief.

Eric Massingham (15) picked up the save for the second night in a row.

Right-hander Tim Brown started for Gateway. He went 5 2/3 innings, giving up two runs while walking two and striking out one. The loss went to Zac Treece (5-2) who pitched the seventh.

Gateway had seven hits during the game and now has 10 through the first two games of the series. The Grizzlies entered the weekend 5-1 against Evansville in 2013.

The Grizzlies are in possesion of the second and final Frontier League wild-card spot, leading the Southern Illinois Miners by two games.

Gateway will try to salvage the series finale today. Game time is 5:05 p.m.

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