RiverHawks drop rubber match to Kalamazoo, 8-4
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June 28, 2006 - KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Adam Kroft had been nearly unhittable with runners in scoring position all season long for the RiverHawks. The Kalamazoo Kings changed that in the sixth inning.

Relieving starter Dane Towery with a runner in scoring position with two outs and the 'Hawks up by one, Kroft (2-2) gave up two straight RBI singles, and after walking a batter Joe Ramos drove in two with a double. The inning had started with a solo home run by Justin Carroll, his fifth of the season and second in as many nights. Pete Pirman hit a solo home run of his own in the seventh to add an insurance run for the Kings, who lead the Frontier League with 40 home runs.

Kroft had entered the game with opposing batters just 1-for-19 against him when runners were in scoring position.

Rockford could not recover. Kings pitchers retired the last 12 RiverHawks in order to finish the game. Starter Chris Perez (1-1) gave up three earned runs on four hits, striking out seven en route to his first professional win. Scott Fogelson pitched two perfect innings in relief.

The RiverHawks had a couple of early leads in the ballgame. They scored in the first inning when Bo Flowers singled on the first pitch, stole second, went to third on a passed ball, and then scored on a groundout by Cody Brooks.

Kalamazoo tied it in the bottom half of the inning on back-to-back hits and a sacrifice fly. The RiverHawks got two to go back on top in the fourth on a two-run single by Chris Lewis. They got one more in the fifth on a triple by Nick Johnson. That triple was the last hit of the game for the RiverHawks.

Kalamazoo scored an unearned run in the fifth when Ramos walked with two outs, went to third when Lewis threw the ball into center field on a steal attemp, and scored on a wild pitch.

The RiverHawks have now lost five of their last six games. They return to Loves Park for the start of a three-game series with Traverse City. The Beach Bums took two of three from Rockford in RiverHawks Stadium earlier this month. It's a Miller Lite Thirsty Thursday, where draft beer is just $1. It will also be another Armed Forces Appreciation Night at the park, and the Illinois Department of Transportation will host Click-It Night, reminding motorists to buckle up.

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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