RiverHawks take advantage of poor fielding late, win 2-1
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July 8, 2006 - O'FALLON, Mo. ­– In a pitching-heavy, defense-light game in River City, the Rockford RiverHawks scored a run in the ninth inning without benefit of a hit. Cody Brooks hit a two-out ground ball up the middle that shortstop Mike Cockrell could not handle, allowing Brad Dutton to score from second base.

Dutton had also reached on an error with two outs. Eric Cavers was hit by a pitch from the Rascals' closer, Pat Evers. The unearned run was enough for Evers (1-4) to take the loss.

Dane Towery was pitching a four-hitter going into the eighth inning, but back-to-back singles put runners on the corners with one out. It looked like Towery might get out of the inning when Eddie Kim hit a ground ball right to Brooks at second base, but he bobbled it and the RiverHawks could not turn a double play, allowing the runner from third to score.

Dave Dowling (4-1) got the final out in the eighth to get the win.

Mike Marksbury made things interesting in the bottom of the ninth, but the escaped a jam with a runner at third and nobody out unscathed to pick up his eighth save of the season.

Scott Lefler had given Rockford the 1-0 lead in the fourth inning with his second home run as a RiverHawk, off starter Mike Renery.

The 'Hawks and Rascals continue the series on Sunday at 6:05 from O'Fallon with game two of the three-game set. Following the trip, seven Rockford players will make the trip to Evansville for the Frontier League All-Star Game to be played on Wednesday at 7:05.

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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