Tuesday, May 24, 2011

One Series In The Books..Grizzlies Hit The Road

One series is officially done in 2011 for the Gateway Grizzlies.  The Miners took two of three from Gateway over the weekend.  The Grizzlies fell in two close games and won in convincing fashion in the other.  We got a glimpse on Saturday night of just how good this Grizzlies lineup can be.  The Grizzlies banged out 16 hits and scored 15 runs on Saturday, with Charlie Lisk going 3-for-4 with 7 RBIs, tying a franchise single game mark.  Less than 24 hours later, the Grizzlies were shut out by three Miners hurlers in a 2-0 loss, wasting an outstanding outing by Josh Whitlock, who struck out 11 in six innings.

The Grizzlies are back at it tonight in River City against the defending league Champion Rascals (or should I say, former Grizzlies??  The Rascals have four former Grizzlies on their roster; Brandon Johnson, Bobby Burk, Stephen Holdren and Chris McLendon).  Remember, you can catch all of the games on the Grizzlies Radio Network (590 AM KFNS, 1400 AM KJFF, gatewaygrizzlies.com and kfns.com;  Budweiser Pregame Show starts at 6:50 CT all series long;  I'm going to try to have former Grizzlie Stephen Holdren as a guest on Thursday..he's always a great interview). 

The Grizzlies enter play at T.R. Hughes Ballpark 1-2 while the Rascals are 2-1 after a season opening home series with Normal.  Phil Warren is going with the same lineup again tonight.  The Grizzlies have now used the same order in all four games this season (Cresswell and Bloom no AB's so far). 

The Grizzlies and Rascals split the 12 games last season with both teams going 3-3 at their home ballpark.  The Grizzlies are 62-74 all-time against their rivals from across the river (27-41 @ T.R. Hughes). 

I'll check back in later on this week.  After River City the Grizzlies head to Evansville for three.  Now that we are going on the road I'll have a little more time to post.  Hope all is well Grizzlies fans!

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