SAUGET, Ill. — The Gateway Grizzlies' bats were quiet again Friday night in a 5-2 loss to the Southern Illinois Miners at GCS Credit Union Ballpark.

Gateway (33-45) dropped its fourth straight game.

In their first visit to Sauget this year, the Miners (37-36) scored three runs in the fourth inning to take the lead and never trailed.

Audie Afenir hit his first Grizzlies home run in the bottom of the fourth as part of a 3-for-4 performance. Gateway's only other run came in the bottom of the ninth on Jeff Cardenas' RBI fielder's choice.

Mike Elwood (6-7) pitched a solid game, allowed three runs over 5 2/3 innings. He struck out seven and took the loss.

Brent Sakurai had the Grizzlies' only other multi-hit game.

Gateway and Southern Illinois will continue their series Saturday at 7:05 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.