The Gateway Grizzlies committed three errors and collected only three hits in a 10-1 loss against the Washington Wild Things on Thursday night in Washington, Ohio.
The win for the Wild Things completed a sweep of the Grizzlies, who have lost nine of their last 11 games. Gateway was swept for the second time this season. At the time of this story release, the Grizzlies were still tied with the Southern Illinois Miners for the final wild card spot.
Gateway (46-38) scored the first run of the game in the first inning, before Washington reeled off 10 unanswered runs.
Jonathan Johnson led off the game with a single and advanced to second on a Chris McClendon walk, before scoring on a Washington error for an unearned run.
Washington (40-44) answered with two runs in the bottom of the first on a CJ Beatty RBI double, a Joe Rosa RBI single and a Grizzlies error.
Another Gateway error helped a Washington run come across in the fourth on a Nick Boggin sacrifice fly.
After a run in the fifth, Washington blew the game open in the sixth, scoring five runs off Grizzlies starting pitcher Tim Brown, taking a 9-1 lead.
Brown (11-3) allowed nine runs --seven earned --on 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings, which was his shortest outing during his Grizzlies' career. The St. Louis native suffered his first loss since June 2.
Washington added another tally in the seventh on an A.J. Nunziato RBI single.
Gateway only recorded three hits and went down in order from the fifth through eighth innings. For the second straight night, the Grizzlies failed to collect an extra-base hit.
Johnson, Jet Butler and Scott Dalrymple had the singles for Gateway.
The Grizzlies return home for a nine-game homestand that starts Friday night aginast Windy City at GCS Ballpark in Sauget. Right-hander Aaron Baker (1-3) gets the start for the Grizzlies. First pitch is set for 7:05.