|August 8, 2009 - MARION, Ill. – Rockford outfielder Derrick Walker delivered in a big way on Friday night.
Twice the Rockford RiverHawks trailed the Southern Illinois Miners, and twice the RiverHawks came from behind to take the lead to beat the Miners, 13-7. Both instances were fueled by the wood of Walker.
Walker’s three-run home run was the keystone in a five-run fifth inning where the RiverHawks recaptured the lead for the second time and for good. Trailing by one run, Walker sent a screaming line drive over the left field fence at Rent One Park to put the RiverHawks ahead, 7-4. Walker finished 3-for-5 with 5 RBI.
In the bottom of the first, the Miners took the early 3-0 lead on two home runs from Tony Roth and Joey Metropolous. Rockford answered in the top of the fourth with four runs, including a game-tying single from Derrick Walker that scored Robert Sabates.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Tony Roth hit a two-out, two-run single to give the Miners the lead again, 5-4, before they lost it on Walker’s home run in the fifth. Roth finished 2-for-5 with four RBI.
Rockford starter Jay Monti was removed after four innings. He allowed five runs, six hits, and two walks with four strike outs.
Fabian Gomez (3-2) followed with 3 2/3 innings pitched in relief and earned the victory. He allowed two runs on two hits, no walks with three strike outs. He retired the first nine batters he faced.
Southern Illinois starter Brett Scaperetta (3-4), a native of Rockton, Ill., took the loss. He allowed nine runs, seven earned, over five innings. He walked three and struck out three.
Newcomer Javier Brown, Rockford’s acquisition in a trade with the Evansville Otters, made an impact in his first game with three runs scored and a 2-for-5 night at the plate. Brown was acquired for two players to be named later just prior to the ballgame.
The three-game series continues tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m.
The RiverHawks come home for a six-game homestand beginning Tuesday, Aug. 11., against Washington. It is a Two-For Tuesday. Tickets are two for the price of one, and so are hot dogs.
The RiverHawks are members of the Frontier League, a 12-team independent professional baseball league in its 17th season. Advertising and ticket information is available by calling (815) 885-2255. Fans can also visit the RiverHawks online at www.rockfordriverhawks.com. Most games are broadcast live on ESPN 1380, and on the team website.