RiverHawks leave victory on the basepaths
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May 26, 2006 - CRESTWOOD, Ill. – Despite numerous scoring opportunities, the Rockford RiverHawks lost their second game of the season. The ‘Hawks out-hit the Windy City Thunderbolts 12-10 and took advantage of four errors to score three unearned runs, but still lost the game 7-5.

Left fielder Rico Santana had the best night offensively for Rockford, going two for five with a pair of RBI, including one on a home run in the seventh. But it was the 14 runners left on base, including nine in scoring position, that let Windy City escape with the win.

The ending was fitting, as center fielder Matt Sauls struck out with the potential tying runs in scoring position to give Brian Buening the save. The leadoff man also struck out with the bases loaded to end the sixth inning.

The Thunderbolts broke the game open with a five-run fifth inning, which chased starter Drew Endicott, who took the loss. The big blow was a bases-loaded single by first baseman Scott Leffler which wound up plating all three runners aboard when Santana errantly threw the ball to second with no one covering. Designated hitter Nick Klusaw followed that up with an RBI single. The other run in the inning scored just prior to Leffler’s at bat, when Endicott hit Bo Flowers with the bases loaded to force in a run.

The RiverHawks clawed back, with two unearned runs in the second thanks to two errors by ‘Bolts shortstop Chad Hill. They got another in the seventh on Santana’s home run to cut the lead to 6-4, but Windy City got an insurance run in the bottom half of that frame on another RBI-single by Leffler. Rockford got the last run of the ball game when Santana drove in substitute second baseman Cody Brooks with a single. Brooks had struck out to lead off the inning, but reached second as the pitch was in the dirt and catcher Mike Lynch threw the ball away trying to force him out at first.

It was a sloppy game for both teams: each side committed four errors and pitchers threw for four wild pitches and hit two batters. Four of the 12 runs wound up being unearned.

The RiverHawks are members of the Frontier League, a 10-team independent professional baseball league in its 14th season. Advertising, ticket and suite information is available by calling the box office at (815) 885-2255. All games are broadcast live on WRHL-FM, 102.3 – the Hub and online at www.rockfordriverhawks.com.


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