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Grizzlies’ good start just not enough against Freedom

Will Anderson of the Grizzlies pitches to the Florence Freedom in the first game of a three game series at Gateway .
Will Anderson of the Grizzlies pitches to the Florence Freedom in the first game of a three game series at Gateway . Special to the News Democrat

Gateway’s offense started off with two runs in the first three innings of Friday’s game against the Florence Freedom, but it was shut out through the final six innings. The Grizzlies fell 3-2.

Gateway struck first in the bottom of the first inning. Cody Livesay scored on a ground out to the left side by Blake Brown for a 1-0 lead.

After a scoreless second inning, Florence answered with one run in the top of the third, as Jose Brizuela picked up an RBI with his ninth double of the season.

It didn’t take long for Gateway to break the tie.

One run came across in the bottom of the third inning with the help of Blake Brown’s 10th homer of the season.

After three scoreless frames, Florence picked up another tying run in the top of the seventh. Daniel Fraga brought in a run with his second hit of the night.

After a scoreless eighth and ninth, the game headed into extra innings for the fourth time in the past eight games at GCS Ballpark.

With two outs in the top half of the tenth, Taylor Oldham launched a solo home run of the over the left field wall, giving the Freedom a 3-2 lead heading into the bottom of the tenth.

The Grizzlies had the bases loaded with two outs and Brown at the plate. He pushed the count full but struck out swinging to end the ballgame.

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