Sauget, Ill. - The Gateway Grizzlies fell to the Joliet Slammers by a score of 16-0 on Saturday night. The Slammers took the second tilt of a three-game set in front of more than 5,100 fans at GCS Ballpark.
Joliet (44-38) exploded for 16 runs on 21 hits. Both were the most given up by Gateway's pitching this season.
On the mound, lefty Liam O'Sullivan shined against the Grizzlies (41-43). O'Sullivan (9-1) hurled a complete game shutout as he tossed all nine innings and allowed just four hits. He also struck out a career-high 12 batters.
LHP Corey Kimes (4-4) danced out of trouble in the first inning, but his defense let him down in the second. Gateway committed three errors in the frame as the Slammers rallied to take a 4-0 edge.
Kimes would allow two more runs in the third inning as the Grizzlies committed another error and two more in the fifth. Just three of his eight runs were earned.
RHP Chris Rogers was solid out of Gateway's bullpen in relief of Kimes during the fifth while he pitched a scoreless sixth inning. In the seventh, he allowed four runs. LHP Chris Scarlett also allowed a tally. RHP Kevin Jefferis would close out the game with 2.1 innings on the mound.
The Slammers scored one in the eighth and two in the ninth against Jefferis as they finished with 16 runs.
The Grizzlies and Slammers play the rubber game of the series on Sunday evening. First pitch is at 6:05 p.m. Gateway sends RHP Adam Eggnatz (6-4, 3.76 ERA) to the mound while Joliet counters with LHP Spencer Medick (7-4, 5.29 ERA).
The game can be heard on the Grizzlies Radio Network, which airs Sunday on www.GatewayGrizzlies.com/Radio. Sam Levitt has the play-by-play call.