SAUGET, Ill. — The Gateway Grizzlies did not have a hit until the seventh inning and trailed from the first inning on Saturday night in a 5-0 loss to the Florence Freedom at GCS Credit Union Ballpark.
Luke Lowery looped a single down the right-field line with two outs in the seventh in for the first Grizzlies (21-32) hit.
Florence (37-17) improved upon its league-best record and took a seven-game lead over the rest of the West Division behind a masterful performance from Scott Sebald (3-1), who worked 8 1/3 scoreless innings and allowed only two hits while striking out six. Florence is 9-0 against the Grizzlies in 2019 and 3-0 when Sebald starts. The southpaw has a 2-0 record (and one no-decision) against the Grizzlies this season with a 2.18 ERA over 20 2/3 innings.
Anthony Ray had a two-out, line-drive single in the eighth inning for the Grizzlies' second — and final — hit.
Gateway has lost 11 straight series against the Freedom, although that number excludes a pair of split series in 2018.
Dominic Topoozian (4-4) took the loss for the Grizzlies. He conceded five runs (four earned) over 4 1/3 innings.
Thomas Nicoll, Jason Seever, Dakota Smith, and Geoff Bramblett combined to fire 4 2/3 shutout innings out of the Grizzlies' bullpen. The quartet of relievers struck out six batters and walked only one.
Gateway and Florence will conclude their three-game series with a 6:05 p.m. CDT finale Sunday. Chris Carden (4-1, 4.02) is scheduled to start for the Grizzlies against Freedom righty Tyler Gibson (7-1, 3.49), whose seven victories lead the Frontier League.
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 gatewaygrizzlies.com 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.