RiverHawks continue to struggle, fall 10-7
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September 2, 2006 - SAUGET, Ill. ­– Since clinching a playoff spot on August 25, the Rockford RiverHawks have played like a team with nothing to play for. They're now 2-7 since then following their 10-7 loss to the Gateway Grizzlies Saturday.

The Grizzlies pounded all-star starter Garrett Bauer. Bauer (6-5) gave up seven runs and failed to record an out in the third inning in his shortest start of the season.

The RiverHawks offense did manage to rough up Gateway starter Steve Soja, but he still managed to get a win. Soja (8-7) gave up six runs on nine hits in five innings.

The RiverHawks fell short on a couple of rallies. Trailing 3-0, Rockford got two runs in the third inning on a double by Jason James. After falling behind 7-2, the RiverHawks got four in the fourth, thanks to a two-run home run by Matt Sauls and RBI singles by Chris DiBlasi and Richard Quihuis-Bell.

But Gateway tagged Rockford reliever Dane Towery for three runs in the fourth inning to go up 10-6.

The RiverHawks got one back on Gooby Gerlits' team-leading ninth home run in the seventh, but Ryan Rafferty got his sixth save when he struck out Nick Johnson with two on in the ninth to end it.

Rockford and Gateway are back at it on Sunday with a 6:05 game, the penultimate game of the regular season.

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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