RiverHawks survive slugfest, win 12-8
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August 18, 2006 - KALAMAZOO, Mich. ­– The Rockford RiverHawks went up against the most powerful team in the Frontier League on Friday, and they brought some offensive firepower of their own to the game.

The Kalamazoo Kings lead the league in home runs and got two more on the night, but it was the Rockford club that came out of the offensive explosion still standing, winning 12-8.

Brad Dutton and Jason James each drove in two to lead the balanced attack for the RiverHawks. The helped overcome Ian Church's league-leading 23rd home run, as well as a blast from Joe Ramos. Both of those blasts were solo shots off Rockford starter Garrett Bauer.

Bauer (6-4) did not have his most effective start, giving up six runs in 6 1/3 innings. He was also let down some by his bullpen, as reliever Bobby Darling allowed two inherited runners to score, as well as two of his own in just 1/3 of an inning.

Rockford got to the Kalamazoo pitching in the fifth inning. Leading 3-2, the RiverHawks sent 10 batters to the plate, scoring four times on three hits and the benefit of an error. Kings starter Mike Cervera (6-5) was chased in that inning.

Beau Massey got the final four outs to get his fourth save of the season.

The RiverHawks have now won seven of their last eight games, following a six-game losing streak. They will continue their nine-game road trip with another two games in Kalamazoo. The contest on Saturday begins at 5:35 CDT.

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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