Grizzlies continue to crumble

Special to the News-DemocratAugust 21, 2013 

The Washington Wild Things combined for five runs in the fifth and sixth innings and cruised to a 7-1 victory over the Gateway Grizzlies Wednesday night at CONSOL Energy Park in Washington, Ohio.

The loss was the Grizzlies (46-37) eighth in their last 10 games and gave them their third straight series loss.

Shain Stoner drove in a run with a single in the third and CJ Beatty blasted his second home run home of the series in the fifth -- a two run shot --to give the Wild Things a 3-0 lead.

After Jonathan Johnson drove in Alex Guthrie on a fifth inning single, Washington (39-44) extended their lead in the bottom half on a Beatty three-run double. All three runs were unearned due to a strike three-passed ball that extended the inning.

Washington added an insurance run in the eighth inning on an AJ Nunziato RBI single and held on for their second win of the series.

Matt Sergey (2-3) suffered the loss for the Grizzlies. The 24-year-old allowed five runs --three earned --on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings. Sergey walked three and struck out a season-high nine batters.

Gateway only notched six hits as a team with Michael Wing collecting two.

The Grizzlies will try to dodge the series sweep against the Wild Things Thursday night in Washington. Ace Right-hander Tim Brown (11-2) will get the start for the Grizzlies. First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m.

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