RiverHawks’ winning streak ends in extras
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May 25, 2010 - GARY, Ind. – Mike Rohde snapped the Rockford RiverHawks’ four-game winning streak with a walkoff single in the bottom of the 14th inning on Tuesday afternoon as the Gary SouthShore RailCats won, 3-2, in a marathon matinee.

The RiverHawks rallied from an early two-run deficit in the longest game in the eight-year history of the U.S. Steel Yard. Tanner Townsend hit a two-run homer to left field in the bottom of the second inning. In the Rockford fifth inning, Jake Eigsti walked and went to third on Jono Brooks’ single to center field. Both scored when Kevin House tripled to the alley in left-center.

Rockford starter Mike Wood, a five-year major-league veteran, didn’t allow a hit after the second inning and pitched six innings in a no-decision. Gary starter Willie Glen pitched seven innings and retired the final eight batters he faced after House’s game-tying hit. The RiverHawks didn’t advance beyond second base after the fifth.

The Rockford bullpen escaped a bases-loaded threat in the eighth and reliever Chris Pfalzgraf survived a two-on, two-out jam in the bottom of the 13th with a defensive gem. Townsend singled to center field. Jason James’ throw reached backup catcher Elvin Millan, Jr. – who hadn’t entered the game until the 11th inning – in time for Millan to block the plate and tag out Cristian Guerrero, who had attempted to score from second base.

Pfalzgraf (0-1) retired the first two batters in the 14th, but Adam Klein pushed a bunt to the left side of the infield for a single and stole second base. After Pfalgraf walked Mike Massaro, Rohde hit a fly to the wall in right-center.

Aaron Cook (1-0) pitched two perfect innings of relief for the win.

The loss was the RiverHawks’ first 14-inning game in nearly three years – just three other games in the team’s nine-year history had gone as long. They are 1-3 in games of 14 or more innings.

The RiverHawks return to Loves Park to play the RailCats at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday. Fans who donate blood to the Rock River Valley Blood Center this summer can receive free tickets for RRVBC “Straight From the Heart” Wednesday home games.

The RiverHawks are members of the Northern League, an eight-team independent professional baseball league in its 18th season. Advertising and ticket information is available by calling (815) 885-2255. Games are broadcast live on ESPN 1380 (WTJK-AM) and on ESPN1380.com. Fans can also visit the RiverHawks online at www.rockfordriverhawks.com.


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