SAUGET, Ill. — The Gateway Grizzlies allowed six runs in the first inning Friday night and never recovered in a 10-2 loss to the Windy City ThunderBolts at GCS Credit Union Ballpark.
Gateway (14-17) lost its second straight.
Lucas Lanphere (1-3) took the loss, although he worked through five innings to save the Grizzlies' bullpen any additional work.
Andrew Daniel went 2-for-3 with his league-leading 11th double of 2019 and drew a walk. His was the Grizzlies' only multi-hit performance Friday. Brent Sakurai picked up his 17th RBI, but his 14-game hitting streak came to a close; he was left in the on-deck circle when Anthony Ray bounced into a game-ending double play.
Ray and Jamey Smart both added doubles of their own.
Gateway and Windy City will tangle again in game two of their three-game series at 7:05 p.m. CDT Saturday at GCS Credit Union Ballpark.
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