The Grizzlies' offense exploded for 12 runs on 15 hits in a 12-10 win Thursday night at GCS Ballpark, taking the rubber game of a three-game series against the Frontier Greys.
Gateway (49-41) jumped out to a 9-2 lead at the end of three innings. The Grizzlies touched up the Greys' starting pitcher Keith Picht (2-9) for 10 runs in just three innings of work.
Michael Wing got the scoring started with a run-scoring single in the first inning. In the top of the second, the Greys (29-60) plated two runs off of Grizzlies' starting pitcher Tucker Jensen (9-4).
The Grizzlies then scored four runs a piece in both the second and third innings. TJ Bennett smacked a two-RBI double in the second, while Ben Waldrip lashed a two-run single in the third inning to make it 9-2.
The Greys inched closer in the fifth inning on Chris Ellison"s 3-run homer, but Gateway"s Kale Kiser responded with a solo blast of his own in the bottom half of the inning. Garrett Vail"s two-run double in the sixth inning made it 12-5, while the Greys brought home four runs in the seventh to make it 12-9.
After pitching a scoreless eighth inning, Grizzlies" manager Phil Warren elected to keep Andrew Aizenstadt on for the ninth inning. Aizenstadt gave up a solo homer to Frank Florio, but then retired the Greys" Michael Vaughn on a ground out to end the ballgame. Aizenstadt picked up his first save of the season.
The Grizzlies host the Washington Wild Things on Friday night for the start of a three-game weekend series. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. Grizzlies' right-hander Tyler Thompson takes the hill.