RiverHawks snap skid, 4-1
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August 10, 2006 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – The longest losing streak in three seasons ended for the same reason it endured – clutch hitting.

The Rockford RiverHawks broke a scoreless tie with four consecutive two-out singles in the first inning and beat the Washington Wild Things, 4-1, on Thursday.

Rockford snapped a six-game losing streak, its longest since losing eight in a row July 28-Aug. 5 2003. During the recent skid, the RiverHawks hit .173 (13-for-75) with runners on base. They were 5-for-18 in similar situations on Thursday, in front of 2,663 at RiverHawks Stadium.

RBI singles from Chris DiBlasi and Jason James off Washington starter Brent Gabel in the first inning gave the RiverHawks a 2-0 lead. Nick Johnson doubled in a run off Gabel (2-2) in the third. Brad Dutton drove in a two-out run with an opposite-field single on a 3-2 pitch from reliever Pat Sadler in the sixth.

Rockford starter Derek Roper scattered a run on five hits over 8 1/3 innings for the win. After Pat Peavey led off the second inning with his ninth home run of the season, Roper retired 10 straight hitters.

Roper (5-5) struck out six and left after he issued a one-out walk in the ninth. Dave Dowling got the last two outs and earned his third save.

The RiverHawks host Windy City at 7:05 p.m. Friday. FatWallet.com and B-103 sponsor the Friday Night Fireworks Series.

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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