Wasted chances costly in 7-5 loss
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June 19, 2011 - JOLIET, Ill. – The Rockford RiverHawks didn’t maximize two bases-loaded chances in the late innings on Sunday and lost, 7-5, to the Joliet Slammers at Silver Cross Field.

The RiverHawks, who have lost 12 of their last 16 games, left 10 men on bases. They loaded the bases in the seventh and eighth innings, but were hitless after the sixth.

Luis Parache hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning and Caleb Curry singled in a run in the top of the sixth inning to give the RiverHawks a 3-1 lead, but the Slammers scored twice in the bottom of the sixth.

In the top of the seventh, three walks gave the RiverHawks a bases-loaded, one-out opportunity, but they mustered only a Matt Greener sacrifice fly. In the bottom of the inning, Joliet loaded the bases against reliever Kevin Patterson (0-1) with nobody out. Tyler Hyde relieved Patterson, but with one out, gave up a bases-clearing double to Erik Lis and a RBI single to Kyle Maunus to give the Slammers a 7-4 lead.

In the eighth, the RiverHawks loaded the bases with nobody out on a hit batsmen and two walks, but Freddy Parejo grounded into a run-scoring double play and Parache struck out.

Jeremy Tietze (2-1), the third of five Joliet pitchers, won in relief. Ryan Quigley pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his eighth save.

The series continues at 11:05 a.m. Monday and will be aired live on ESPN 1380.

The RiverHawks’ next home game is 6:05 p.m. Saturday, June 25, when they play Joliet. The RiverHawks celebrate their 10th season with a mini-pennant giveaway for the first 1,000 fans. It’s also Halloween in June.

The RiverHawks are members of the Frontier League, a 12-team independent professional baseball league in its 19th season. Advertising and ticket information is available by calling (815) 885-2255. Fans can also visit www.rockfordriverhawks.com.


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