Towery's start spoiled by lack of clutch hits
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June 2, 2006 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – Starting pitcher Dane Towery worked into the ninth inning, the longest outing by a RiverHawk this season, but suffered a loss in a 2-1 defeat at the hands of the Evansville Otters.

Rockford out-hit Evansville ten to six, but the RiverHawks also left a season-high 15 stranded on base. Despite the ten hits, Rockford’s only run was of the unearned variety. Matt Sauls scored after a pair of errors by the Otters in the second inning, giving Rockford a 1-0 lead that would last until the sixth inning.

Towery gave up back-to-back two-out hits to Evansville, with Matt Edwards' double bringing home the tying run. The score remained that way until the ninth. Towery faced the leadoff man and gave up a double. He was then relieved by Dave Dowling. A groundout sent the runner to third base. After an intentional walk, Ricky Clinton hit a soft liner up the middle, which short stop Jake Bowen got a glove on. But as Bowen brought his glove up, the ball popped out. He was still able to get a force out at second base, but the runner scored to give the Otters the 2-1 advantage.

Mike Bille came in to pitch the ninth. Two walks and a passed ball put runners on second and third with two outs, but Sauls struck out to end the game. Sauls had also struck out to end the third inning with the bases loaded, the tenth time this season the RiverHawks have ended innings with three aboard.

The loss means Rockford loses the first series ever played at RiverHawks Stadium. They now welcome the Washington Wild Things in for a three-game series running through Monday.

The RiverHawks are members of the Frontier League, a 10-team independent professional baseball league that will play its 14th season in 2006. Advertising, ticket and suite information is available by calling the box office at (815) 964-2255. All games are broadcast live on WRHL-FM, 102.3 – the Hub and online at www.rockfordriverhawks.com.


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