RiverHawks split doubleheader
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June 27, 2008 - MARION, Ill. – The RiverHawks split a doubleheader with the Southern Illinois Miners, winning a suspended game from Thursday 8-4 and dropping a 5-0 contest in the regularly-scheduled contest. The RiverHawks took the series, two games to one.

In the conclusion of the suspended game from Thursday, Garrett Bauer pitched 7 1/3 strong earnings to improve to 4-2. Bauer started Thursday and continued pitching into the eighth Friday.

Trailing 2-1, the RiverHawks broke through in the seventh off Jake McMurran (1-1). With runners at first and second, Scott Talbert hit a grounder to first, but Brad Miller’s throw to second was wild, allowing the go-ahead run to score. After a Matt Borman walk, pinch-hitter Robert Sabates hit a two-run single to increase the lead to 5-2. Mike Victor’s error plated another run to increase the lead to 5-2.

Brandon Jones hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh to cut the lead to 5-4 before a 59-minute rain delay.

Greg Burrows gave the RiverHawks some breathing room with a two-out, three-run triple in the top of the ninth, increasing the score to 8-4.

Tim Flattery earned his first career save with 1 2/3 scoreless innings.

In the second game, the Miners took the early lead off Chris Schutt (2-5) with an unearned run in the second. Joey Metropolous reached on a Chris Raber error, moved to second on a wild pitch and third on a Brandon Jones sacrifice. Tim Dorn walked and Mike Scanzano reached on a fielder’s choice to score Metropolous.

Brad Miller’s RBI single in the third increased the lead to 2-0.

The game’s big blow came in the fourth. With two out and two on, Brad Goldsmith blasted his first home run of the year to increased the lead to 5-0.

Starter Ryan Bird (4-3) took care of the rest, tossing a seven-inning complete game shutout. He allowed only four hits and an intentional walk. Bird struck out a career-high 10.

The RiverHawks return home Saturday, June 28 for the start of a three-game series against Gateway and a six-game homestand. The first 1000 fans receive a Billy Williams bobblehead, sponsored by Dr. Pepper, BOB FM and WIFR.

The RiverHawks are members of the Frontier League, a 12-team independent professional baseball league that will play its 16th season this summer. Advertising and season-ticket information is available by calling the box office at (815) 885-2255. Most games are broadcast live on WNTA (1330 AM) and the internet. Fans can also visit the RiverHawks online at www.rockfordriverhawks.com.


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