SAUGET, Ill. – Ja'Vaun West had his fourth consecutive quality start on Tuesday night, but the Grizzlies' offense struggled. FINAL SCORE: Gateway 1, Southern Illinois 5.
After three scoreless innings, Southern Illinois made their way on the scoreboard in the top of the sixth. Craig Massey smashed a two-run home run over the right centerfield wall to give the Miners their first lead of the game.
Gateway's best chance to get back into the ballgame came in the bottom of the eighth inning. Jack Hranec stepped up to the plate with two outs and the bases loaded. Hranec struck out swinging to end the threat.
Southern Illinois added some insurance runs in the top half of the ninth inning with a three-run home run by Romeo Cortina. The Miners led 5-1 going into the bottom of the ninth.
The Grizzlies could not answer in the final frame as they dropped game one of the series by a final score of 5-1.
Gateway starter Ja'Vaun West allowed only two runs through six innings pitched. He walked one and struck out four in the loss.
Gateway will take on the Southern Illinois Miners in game two of the series at GCS Credit Union Ballpark on Wednesday night. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. All of the action can be heard on the Grizzlies Media Network.
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