Rockford pitching stifles Rascals, 3-2
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July 13, 2007 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – There is life after Mike Marksbury for the Rockford RiverHawks.

The RiverHawks beat the River City Rascals, 3-2, on Friday in their first game after Marksbury, the team’s all-time saves leader, was signed by the Milwaukee Brewers. Tanner Watson and Jason Baca combined on a five-hitter, in front of a sellout crowd of 3,492 at Road Ranger Stadium. Watson went eight innings for the win and Baca pitched a perfect ninth inning for his first professional save.

All-star right fielder Jason James was 3-for-4 in his first game of the second half.

Matt Sauls led off the Rockford first inning with a double to left and Joe Anthonsen singled him to third. James singled in Sauls and Anthonsen scored when Will Henderson grounded into a double play.

James led off the fourth inning with a double and scored on a Chris Clem wild pitch. Clem (1-4) gave up seven hits in a complete-game loss.

Watson (4-1) struck out 10, the best total by a Rockford pitcher this year and one strikeout short of his career best. Watson had a shutout until Brad Hough hit a two-out, two-run double to left-center in the sixth inning.

The series continues at 7:05 p.m. Saturday on Rich Austin Night. The first 1,000 through the gate will receive a Rich Austin throwback bobblehead doll, as the RiverHawks honor the 2004 Frontier League Player of the Year. It’s also Faith Night, featuring a postgame Christian-rock concert.

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. Some 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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