Sauget, Ill. - The Gateway Grizzlies dropped their series opener against the Evansville Otters on Friday night at GCS Ballpark, 4-2.
The game remained scoreless until the third inning, when Gateway lefty Corey Kimes (4-6) surrendered a two-run homer to Chris Riopedre. The Grizzlies (43-50) responded immediately in the bottom half of the frame with Cody Livesay's first home run of the season. Livesay popped a solo shot over the short porch in right field to cut the deficit to 2-1.
In the fourth, the Otters (54-39) struck again with Jeff Gardner's RBI triple. Evansville tacked on another run in the fifth with an RBI single from Nik Balog.
Otters righty Felix Baez put together a solid performance as he tossed six innings. Baez (1-0) allowed just two runs and struck out ten batters. He gave up an RBI single to Ben Waldrip in the sixth as Gateway made it a 4-2 game.
Meanwhile, the Otters also received solid relief work. RHP Tyler Thompson, LHP Ken Frosch, and RHP Randy McCurry combined to throw a trio of scoreless innings. McCurry picked up his 23rd save of the season.
The Grizzlies and Otters play the middle game of their series on Saturday night with first pitch at 7:05 p.m. Gateway sends RHP Adam Eggnatz (6-3, 4.17 ERA) to the mound while the Otters counter with LHP Hunter Ackerman (6-6, 3.89 ERA).
The game can be heard on the Grizzlies Radio Network, which airs Saturday online at www.GatewayGrizzlies.com/Radio. Sam Levitt and Matt Sabados have the play-by-play call.
For tickets, please call the GCS Ballpark box office at (618) 337-3000 or visit www.GatewayGrizzlies.com.