Kings shut out RiverHawks, 2-0
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June 3, 2007 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – John Gragg’s solid start wasn’t the only opportunity wasted by the Rockford RiverHawks on Sunday. The RiverHawks left 12 on base – nine in scoring position – and were shut out, 2-0, by the Kalamazoo Kings.

Gragg (0-2) gave up just two runs on four hits over seven-plus innings. Jeff Grose doubled in a run in the fifth inning and Joe Ramos drove Gragg from the game with a RBI triple in the eighth.

The RiverHawks got men into scoring position in each of the last five innings. Kalamazoo starter Dan Fyvie (2-1) left with runners at the corners and two outs in the sixth. Mark Kelly entered and struck out Will Henderson to end the threat.

In the ninth inning, Brad Dutton led off with a walk, Roberto Valiente singled and both advanced on a sacrifice bunt. John Sullivan struck out Brandon Cohen and Joey Huskins to end the game and earn his first save.

Valiente was 2-for-4 with a double. He extended his hitting streak to eight games.

Rockford manager J.D. Arndt was ejected by plate umpire Mike Noojin in the eighth inning.

Prior to the game, catcher Justus Kimbrough (strained left oblique) was placed on the disabled list.

The entire Frontier League is off on Monday. The RiverHawks host Windy City in a doubleheader scheduled for 6:05 p.m. Tuesday. The first 1,000 through the gates receive RiverHawks logo baseballs, courtesy of Ferrel Gas and WIFR. It’s also the first Ladies Night, sponsored by Ronnie Gator’s, Clodius and Curves. Free Barefoot Wine tasting is offered. Postgame drink specials are available at Ronnie Gator’s. The first 100 women will receive free one-month membership to Curves.

The RiverHawks are members of the Frontier League, a 12-team independent professional baseball league in its 15th season. Advertising and ticket information is available by calling the box office at (815) 885-2255. Most games are broadcast live on WNTA (1330 AM) and the internet. Fans can also visit the RiverHawks online at www.rockfordriverhawks.com.


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