SAUGET,IL--The River City Rascals lost both games in a doubleheader against the Gateway Grizzlies on Sunday evening at GCS Ballpark. The Rascals dropped the first game 5-3 and the second game 4-3. The Grizzlies won the series 2-1.
In Game 1, the Rascals got out to the early 2-0 lead. They jumped in front on a leadoff solo shot from JD Hearn in the first and another homer from Clint Freeman in the top of the third. The Grizzlies responded with five unanswered runs. After a sacrifice fly from Shane Mardirosian in the bottom of the third, they got an RBI double from Brennan Morgan and run-scoring singles from Brent Sakurai and Mardirosian in the fourth. Blake Brown homered in the fifth to make it 5-2 Grizzlies. The Rascals got an RBI groundout from Freeman in the seventh, but Josh Glick picked up his fourth save of the year to finish off the game.
Hector Hernandez (8-2) took the loss, allowing four runs in four innings. Max MacNabb (6-5) earned the win, going six innings, allowing two runs and striking out eight.
In Game 2, the Rascals jumped out to a 3-0 lead, courtesy of a Mike Jurgella sacrifice fly in the first and a two-run blast to right from Paul Kronenfeld in the fourth. Again, the Grizzlies rallied, on a two-run homer from Artemis Kadkhodaian in the fourth inning, and then tying the game in the sixth when Kadkhodaiain scored on a wild pitch. The game went to extra innings, where in the bottom of the ninth and Brennan Morgan starting off the inning at second base for the Grizzlies, as per Frontier League rules, Matt Gonzalez reached on a bunt single and advanced Morgan to third, setting up a game-winning RBI single down the left field line from Sakurai.
Rascals starter Jonny Ortiz went 3.2 innings, allowing two runs and striking out four. Chris Chigas (0-1) took the loss, allowing the winning run, though it was unearned.
Grizzlies starter Alec Kisena rebounded from a rough start to finish with six innings, allowing three runs and striking out seven. Glick (2-2) earned the win, pitching a scoreless top of the ninth and picking up two strikeouts.
The Rascals (30-24) are off Monday, and begin a three-game set at Route 66 Stadium against the Joliet Slammers on Tuesday, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 pm CT.