SAUGET, Ill. — The Gateway Grizzlies left 11 runners on base and seven in scoring position in a 3-0 loss Wednesday to the Evansville Otters at GCS Credit Union Ballpark.

Reign Letkeman (1-1) took the hard-luck loss. He allowed three runs over six innings and struck out a career-high six batters without a walk. Gateway (18-29) dropped to 7-13 with a starting pitcher's quality start — already more losses under those circumstances than the Grizzlies suffered all of last season.

Evansville (27-19) struck first on a two-out Hunter Cullen single in the fifth inning and added two more on Ryan Long's league-leading ninth home run of the season in the sixth.

Connor Owings extended his hitting streak to six games — the best active streak on the team — with an eighth-inning double, the Grizzlies' only extra-base hit Wednesday.

Brent Sakurai and Zak Taylor had multi-hit games. Sakurai's was his team-leading 15th of 2019. Shawon Dunston Jr. added his league-leading 19th stolen base of the year.

Patrick Boyle threw a perfect inning of relief with a strikeout. Ryan Madden and Lucas Lanphere added scoreless innings of their own out of the Grizzlies' bullpen.

Gateway and Evansville will finish their three-game series Thursday 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 10 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.