The Gateway Grizzlies managed only two hits Saturday night and their four-game winning streak came to a close in a 2-0 loss to the Joliet Slammers at GCS Credit Union Ballpark.
Gateway (32-41) fell to 6.5 games back of the West Division lead. Artemis Kadkhodaian’s fifth-inning single and Jhonniel Alvarez’ eighth-inning single were the Grizzlies’ only hits. They also drew three walks against Slammers starter Daren Osby (5-1), who tossed eight shutout innings and struck out 10.
Joliet (41-30) improved on its league-best record. Justin Garcia’s league-leading 20th home run drove in two with two outs in the fourth inning and provided all the offense the Slammers needed.
Taso Stathopoulos (1-4) took the hard-luck loss. He allowed only two runs over six-plus innings and struck out six against only one walk.
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Gateway and Joliet will clash in the rubber match of their three-game series Sunday at 6:05 p.m.