Carlyle native is Pitcher of the Week

News-DemocratMay 19, 2014 

— Gateway Grizzlies starting pitcher Aaron Newcomb has been selected by Pointstreak as the Frontier League Pitcher of the Week.

Newcomb, a right-hander from Carlyle, struck out four batters and walked only two in eight shutouts innings Saturday night in the Grizzlies' 1-0 win over Traverse City.

He threw 97 pitches while notching the win in a game that lasted 1 hour, 56 minutes. The only Traverse City hit was a third inning single by second baseman Rob Benedict.

Newcomb, 24, spent two years in the Angels system after getting drafted in the 19th round in 2012. He played his high school baseball at nearby Centralia High School.

"It was fun to watch," Grizzlies manager Phil Warren said after Newcomb's performance. "This was the first time I have seen Aaron in our uniform. We've heard good things and knew what he was about as far as what type of pitcher he is. It's fun to watch your pitcher go out and perform like that."

Last week recap

After trimming down his roster to 24 players, Phil Warren and the Grizzlies beat Traverse City on Friday night, 5-1. Seven scoreless innings from Dejai Oliver and some timely hitting propelled Gateway to 1-0 after Opening Night.

On Saturday night, it was more great starting pitching. RHP Aaron Newcomb threw eight innings of one hit ball. Gateway scored a run in the 7th on a Niko Vasquez RBI single and that was it in a game that took only 1 hour and 56 minutes.

Sunday's game featured a huge crowd of over 7,000 fans at GCS Ballpark, but the Grizzlies fell to the Beach Bums by a final score of 6-3.

The Grizzlies are 2-1 after three games.

Quote of the week

This week's quote comes from Grizzlies third-year player Jonathan Johnson.

Johnson has only missed one game in Gateway's last 195 games. So, he was asked: How does he do it? How does he stay in the lineup every single day?

Johnson said: "I get out there early. I stretch early and work with Grizzlies trainer Geoff Manzo. I suck it up a lot. I do fight through a lot of aches and pains. I'm not always 100 percent healthy but it's part of the game."

Up next

The Grizzlies will have an off day Monday before starting a three-game series with the Joliet Slammers on Tuesday.

It's 101 ESPN Night, a Military Tuesday and the first MVP Program Night of the season. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.

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