James, Valiente homer as ‘Hawks rally, 6-4
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June 20, 2007 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – John Gragg gave the Chillicothe Paints a brief taste of the lead on Wednesday before he and the Rockford bullpen slammed the door shut.

Jason James and Roberto Valiente homered as the RiverHawks rallied and beat Chillicothe, 6-4.

Gragg, who gave up a RBI single to John Poterson and a three-run homer to Adrian Cantu in the top of the first inning, didn’t allow another runner to reach scoring position until the sixth inning. Gragg (2-3) gave up six hits, struck out six and pitched into the seventh inning.

James hit a two-run homer to right-center in the bottom of the first inning and a two-out, two-run single to left field in the fifth inning. He has reached base safely in each of his last 19 games.

Valiente followed James’ single with a two-run homer to dead center to put Rockford in front.

Rockford closer Mike Marksbury struck out four of the five he faced and earned his fifth save. Marksbury pitched the RiverHawks out of a two-on, one-out jam in the eighth inning and struck out the side in the ninth.

Chillicothe starter Bryan Johnson (3-1) gave up six runs in five-plus innings.

The rubber match of the three-game series is at 7:05 p.m. on Thirsty Thursday. Miller Lite and 104.9 – the X sponsor Dollar Beer Night. The RiverHawks will take the field in camouflage uniforms on Armed Forces Appreciation Night. On Jimmy Buffet Night, the artist’s songs will be featured between innings. A cover band will perform following the game.

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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