Friday, August 12, 2011

Road Trip Update: Grizzlies Struggling In The Chicago Area

Hello All!  Hope all is well wherever you are!  After taking two of three from Windy City over the weekend @ GCS Ballpark, the Grizzlies have stumbled so far on the road trip, going 0-4.  With that said, Gateway has really battled on this trip and there has been some exciting finishes.  Here's some info on those exciting finishes.

   *Tuesday night:  Gateway lost to Joliet 7-6.  GWY had runners on first and third with no outs, yet still couldn't push across a run.
   *Wednesday night:  Gateway lost to Joliet 7-5.  GWY left runners on first and second to end the game.
   *Friday night:  Gateway fell to Windy City 5-3.  GWY had runners on first and second with no one out and couldn't push a run across, ending the game with runners on second and third.

The Grizzlies are 0-35 when trailing after seven innings.  The Grizzlies are the only team in the Frontier League that hasn't come back from a deficit when trailing after seven.  The Southern Illinois Miners, the comeback team of 2011, has seven wins when trailing after seven.

The Grizzlies have two games left on the road trip before having an off day on Monday and returning back to GCS Ballpark on Tuesday for a six-game homestand.  A pair of newcomer's will start for GWY, with RHP Erick Carillo going on Saturday and RHP Nolan Shaffer on Sunday. 

Some positives from the road trip:

    *Case Rigby has been a FINE addition for GWY at first base.  The California native can flat out mash, and he also plays a solid first base.  I'm excited to watch Case play the rest of the season and hopefully beyond.
    *Kent Gerst (Pictured right:  Courtesy of Paul Baillargeon/ has started to heat up.  The O'Fallon, MO native went 2-for-3 tonight with a Solo HR and 2 RBI. 
    *Gateway continues to stay competitive..every game during the trip has been close.  Let's see if GWY can start to take a couple of these close one's!

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