August 28, 2008 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – The Rockford RiverHawks closed the most-successful homestand in their history with a 7-5 win over Evansville on Thursday.
Rockford completed a three-game series sweep of the Otters. They began a nine-game homestand with a loss to Florence on Aug. 19 and have since won eight in a row. In seven seasons, the RiverHawks have never won more than seven games in a single homestand.
Rockford right fielder Tony Gonzalez was 3-for-4 with a RBI and a home run short of the cycle, in front of a near-sellout crowd of 2,904 in the last game of the regular season at Road Ranger Stadium.
The RiverHawks hold a two-game lead on the last Frontier League wild-card spot with six games left to play. Traverse City lost, 10-1, to visiting Florence.
Rockford broke a 1-1 tie with a three-run third inning. Brandon Cohen drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly. Gonzalez doubled in a run and scored on a Robbie Knapp single.
The RiverHawks twice had a lead as large as three runs. In the sixth, the Otters cut the deficit to a run. Jose Pineda doubled in a run and Casey Haughen made it 6-5 on a sacrifice fly.
Isaac Omura hit his 10th home run in a losing effort.
Rockford starter Kyle Dempsey left in the sixth inning because of tightness in his shoulder. Dempsey (4-1) gave up four runs on six hits and got the win. Evansville starter Adam Rogers (8-6) gave up six runs on nine hits over seven innings and took the loss.
James Cramphin struck out four and walked one in two hitless innings and earned his ninth save.
The RiverHawks close the regular season with six games on the road. They visit Gateway at 7:05 p.m. Friday.
The RiverHawks are members of the Frontier League, a 12-team independent professional baseball league in its 16th season. Advertising and 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.