Goldeyes drop 'Hawks, 8-3, in front of sellout
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July 29, 2010 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – Longtime RiverHawks nemesis Wes Long again played a pivotal role as the Winnipeg Goldeyes beat Rockford, 8-3, on Thursday at Road Ranger Stadium.

Long was 1-for-5 with a ninth-inning grand slam and a couple of other helpful at-bats for the Winnipeg offense. Kevin House hit a three-run homer to account for the Rockford offense, in front of a sellout crowd of 3,482.

Rockford dropped three games behind Winnipeg and Gary for the fourth and final Northern League playoff spot. Gary beat Joliet, 6-1.

Winnipeg led from the first inning on. In the first, Long hit a fly that right fielder Ian Church dropped for a run-scoring error. In the third inning, after singles by Brett Wallace and Price Kendall, Long moved the runners up with a grounder to second base. Juan Diaz singled them in with two outs and scored on a single by Luis Alen.

House hit his sixth home run of the year, a fly to left, in the bottom of the third to pull Rockford within a run.

In the ninth, Long put the game away with his seventh home run, a grand slam to center field. Long has hit eight career home runs and has a .336 average against the RiverHawks. He spent 2007-08 with two-time Frontier League champion Windy City. Rockford switched leagues after 2009.

Chris Salamida (8-4) lasted five-plus innings for the win. Rockford starter Roger Lincoln (4-6) gave up eight hits in six innings and took the loss. Former Minnesota Twin Bobby Korecky pitched two scoreless innings for his seventh save.

League-leading Kansas City comes in for a three-game homestand that starts at 7:05 p.m. Friday. Pepsi, BOB FM and WIFR sponsor Jason James 40-Game Hit Streak Bobblehead Doll Night, a premium giveaway for the first 1,000 fans. It’s also Rotary Night, the Friday Fish Fry and Road Ranger Free Gas Friday.

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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