McClure Walks It Off In The Eleventh, Grizzles Take Series

SAUGET, Ill. – Grizzlies outfielder Terry McClure launched a two-out, three-run bomb over the left-centerfield wall to give Gateway its first walk-off win of the season. FINAL SCORE: Traverse City 13, Grizzlies 15.

The Grizzlies trailed 10-8 going into the bottom half of the ninth inning. After a leadoff single by Matt Hearn, Blake Brown crushed a game-tying, two-run homer to left field. Gateway tied the game at 10. Brown now has eight long balls on the year. Gateway went 1-2-3 after Brown’s homer and the game headed to extras.

 

Gateway’s offense hit the ground running at the start of the game. After a one-run first inning, the Grizzlies exploded for five runs on seven hits in the bottom of the second. Zach Lavy picked up one of his two RBIs and Craig Massoni tallied an RBI for the second straight game.

The Grizzlies appeared to be in the driver’s seat with an early four-run lead. Traverse City was up for the challenge. The Beach Bums scored six unanswered runs in the third and fourth innings.

Gateway answered with one run in the bottom of the fifth inning. McClure hit a sacrifice fly to pick up his 14th RBI of the season. The Grizzlies trailed 8-7 going into the sixth nning.

The eighth served as one of the three scoreless innings in the ballgame. Traverse City added a couple of insurance runs in the top of the seventh inning. Kendall Patrick hit his first home run of the season to put the Beach Bums up 10-7.

 

Craig Massoni launched his second home run in his past three games in the bottom of the seventh inning. Gateway trailed 10-8 going into the bottom of the ninth inning.

With their backs against the wall, the Grizzlies made two comebacks. Blake Brown tied the game in the bottom of the ninth with a two-run shot and Terry McClure won the game in the bottom of the eleventh inning with a three-run homer to left field.

Tanner Cable picked up his first win of the season. Terry McClure added four RBIs on the night and his third home run of 2017.

The Grizzlies will look to sweep the series against Traverse City on Sunday night. Gateway will send Will Landsheft (1-3, 5.19 ERA) to the mound. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. You can catch all of the action on the Grizzlies Media Network.

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 celebrating its 25th season as 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 12 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.