SAUGET, Ill. — The Gateway Grizzlies posted only two hits Thursday night in a 1-0 defeat at the hands of the Lake Erie Crushers at GCS Credit Union Ballpark.

Gateway (6-6) has played deciding final games in three straight series, but has lost by one run in each of those three contests.

Max MacNabb (1-2) was fantastic: He tossed six innings, allowed only one run and struck out eight; the lefthander took the tough-luck loss. It was the second time in the three-game set that a Grizzlies pitcher posted a quality start and still left with a loss. Dakota Smith allowed only one run over six innings Tuesday night in an eventual 5-0 loss for the Grizzlies.

Blake Brown reached base twice (both on walks) and Joel McKeithan had both Gateway hits.

The best Grizzlies scoring chance came in the eighth inning when a Trae Santos strikeout stranded Jeff Cardenas at third and McKeithan at second as the potential tying and go-ahed runs, respectively.

Lake Erie (8-4) scored on a fielder's choice in the fourth.

Gateway heads back on the road for a three-game series in Schaumburg this weekend. First pitch Friday is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.


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 or call 618.337.3000. 

ABOUT THE FRONTIER LEAGUE: The Frontier League is 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.