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Grizzlies Lose Home Run Duel with Crushers

August 11, 2022 - Frontier League (FL) - Gateway Grizzlies News Release

The Gateway Grizzlies came back from an early 3-0 deficit, but gave up a two-out, go-ahead home run in the sixth inning and despite getting the tying run to the plate in their last three turns at bat, they could not come back in suffering a 5-3 loss to the Lake Erie Crushers on Wednesday night at GCS Credit Union Ballpark.

After a scoreless first inning, the Crushers would hit three solo home runs off of Jason Rackers in the top of the second inning, with Sean Cheely, Austin White, and London Green combining to give Lake Erie a 3-0 advantage.

The Grizzlies got on the scoreboard one inning later in the bottom of the third when Andrew Penner crushed a solo home run to right field, his second home run in as many games, to make it a 3-1 ballgame. In the very next inning, Trevor Achenbach and Kevin Krause then hit back-to-back solo home runs on back-to-back pitches against Crushers starter Joseph Sgambelluri (7-5) to tie the game at 3-3.

But after a scoreless fifth inning, the Crushers went back to work in the top of the sixth against J.P. Williams (2-7) in his fourth inning of relief. Austin White reached on a two-out single, and two pitches later, Bryan De La Rosa hit a two-run home run, his first of the season, to take the lead back for Lake Erie at 5-3. Both bullpens kept the 5-3 score into the bottom of the ninth where the Grizzlies brought the winning run to the plate on a walk and hit batter with two outs, but Penner hit into a fielder's choice to end the game.

The Gateway Grizzlies will look to take the critical rubber game of the series on Thursday night, August 11, at 6:45 p.m. at GCS Credit Union Ballpark, with Manuel Rodriguez starting on the mound for Gateway.

The Gateway Grizzlies are a professional baseball team, located a mere 10 minutes from downtown St. Louis in Sauget, Illinois. The Grizzlies offer baseball fans affordable, family fun at GCS Credit Union Ballpark with a great view of the St. Louis skyline. They have also won two Frontier League Organization of the Year Awards, three West Division titles, and the 2003 Frontier League Championship. For tickets or general information, please visit or call (618) 337-3000.

The Frontier League debuted in 1993, and is the largest of the Major League Baseball Partner Leagues, featuring teams stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mississippi River, and from the Ohio River to the St. Lawrence Seaway. More information and the complete 2022 schedule can be found at

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