Gateway Grizzlies outfielder Blake Brown has been named the Frontier League’s Player of the Week for June 20-27. In five games during that period, Brown recorded eight hits while hitting two home runs and collecting nine RBI.
“It’s an honor to get this recognition,” Brown said. “I’m just glad that I could contribute to the team and our great play as a team put me in good spots all week."
Brown is currently tied for fifth in the Frontier League with eight home runs this season and ranks ninth in RBI with 28. He leads Gateway’s offense in both categories.
The series finale between the Gateway Grizzlies and River City Rascals at CarShield Field was postponed due to weather on Sunday afternoon.
The game will be rescheduled for a later date this season.
In the most recent game played, Grizzlies won a fourth straight game as they beat the River City Rascals at CarShield Field on Saturday night 9-5.
For the second consecutive night, the Grizzlies (19-20) scored in the opening frame. Seth Heck started things with his first homer in professional baseball as he hit a solo shot over the left field fence. River City answered in the bottom half to make it 1-1 on a solo shot by Mike Jurgella against RHP Trevor Richards (3-3), who picked up the victory.
After an RBI single from Josh Bunselmeyer in the second inning, the Grizzlies knocked LHP Jason Ziegler (1-1) out of the game in the fifth. Bunselmeyer started the frame with a double and scored on another double by Logan Davis that banged off the right field wall.
After Cody Livesay singled, Heck drove in another run with a base hit. Craig Massoni then stepped in and laced a single to plate a run. Tyler Tewell chipped in to the big inning with a sacrifice fly to give the Grizzlies a 6-1 lead.
Richards settled down on the mound for another quality outing, as he went six innings while allowing just two runs. RHP Jordan Wellander pitched a scoreless inning for a second straight game and Dakota Smith retired the side in order during the eighth.
The Rascals (19-18) fell further behind as Gateway tacked on a run in the sixth, which was followed by more offense in the seventh. Blake Brown drove in a run with a double while Davis followed it later in the frame with an RBI single of his own.
The Grizzlies have now won nine of 11 games, while the squad’s offense has scored 45 runs combined in the last four nights.
The Grizzlies return to action on the road Wednesday evening against the Washington Wild Things at CONSOL Energy Park. Game 1 of a doubleheader begins at 4:05 p.m. The game can be heard with Sam Levitt on the Grizzlies Radio Network, which airs Wednesday on 1400 AM KJFF and online at GatewayGrizzlies.