SAUGET, Ill. — The Gateway Grizzlies piled up five runs in the second inning Sunday night and took a lead they did not relinquish en route to a 6-4 win over the Windy City ThunderBolts in the rubber match of a three-game series at GCS Credit Union Ballpark.
Gateway (31-46) finished its seven-game homestand with two wins in three games against Windy City (32-46).
After the ThunderBolts took a first-inning lead on a solo home run from Brynn Martinez, the Grizzlies responded with five runs in the second. Brent Sakurai opened the scoring when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to score a run and tie the game. Connor Owings then doubled to drive in two more and Luke Lowery singled to knock in a pair of his own.
All five Grizzlies runs in the second inning scored with two outs.
Ian Kahaloa (2-5) conceded four runs over 5 2/3 innings for the victory. He struck out a career-high 11 batters and battled through three ThunderBolts home runs.
Jason Seever, Lucas Lanphere, Grant Black, and Geoff Bramblett combined for 3 1/3 shutout innings out of the Grizzlies bullpen. Bramblett locked down his 10th save of the year. He has not allowed an earned run since June 16. Sunday marked his 21st scoreless appearance in a row and lowered his ERA to 0.58 for the season.
Lowery and Shawon Dunston Jr. both had multi-hit games for the Grizzlies.
Gateway will be off Monday before opening a seven-game road trip with a doubleheader Tuesday at Lake Erie.
ABOUT THE GATEWAY GRIZZLIES: The Gateway Grizzlies are a professional baseball team, located a mere 100-yards from I-255 (10 minutes from downtown St. Louis). The Grizzlies offer baseball fans entertainment, the likes of which are difficult to find – affordable, family, fun in the comfortable GCS Credit Union Ballpark with a great view of the St. Louis skyline. For tickets or general information please visit gatewaygrizzlies.com or call 618.337.3000.
ABOUT THE FRONTIER LEAGUE: The Frontier League is a professional, independent baseball organization. Since its inception, the Frontier League has provided millions of fans to a fun and exciting baseball experience within the American Midwest. Consisting of 10 teams in two divisions and 96 game schedules, the league is recognized for the amount of talented athletes that are picked up by various MLB teams every year.