Breyman homers in ninth to beat 'Hawks, 7-6
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July 17, 2007 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – Mike Breyman hit a two-out, two-run homer in the top of the ninth inning as the Gateway Grizzlies rallied to beat the Rockford RiverHawks, 7-6, at Road Ranger Stadium.

Matt Hagen hit his team-leading seventh home run for the RiverHawks, who dropped a game below .500 with the end of a four-game winning streak. Gateway snapped a four-game losing streak.

The lead changed hands five times. The Grizzlies scored an unearned run in the top of the third inning. Rockford rallied on a two-run single by Jason James in the fourth inning and Hagen’s two-run homer to left-center field in the fifth inning.

Gateway batted around and scored four runs, two on Charlie Lisk’s single, to take a 5-4 lead in the sixth inning. Matt Sauls singled in the tying run in the seventh. Hagen gave the ‘Hawks their final lead with a two-out RBI single off James Hertel in the eighth.

Jason Baca (4-2) blew the save and took the loss. In the ninth, Stephen Holdren led off with a single and advanced on a sacrifice and a wild pitch. Baca threw a 3-2 fastball to Breyman, who hit his 11th home run, over the fence in right-center.

Hertel (5-1) won in relief. Eric Ridener retired the side in order in the ninth inning to earn his league-leading 15th save.

The rubber match of the three-game series is at 6:05 p.m. Wednesday. The homestand concludes with another edition of the Culvers/Courier Printing ‘Hawks Go Hollywood series. The first 1,000 through the gate receive a RiverHawks poster inspired by the movie “The Sandlot.” Fans are invited to stick around after the game to watch the classic baseball film on the stadium’s video board. In addition, it’s a bonus Miller Lite/104.9 – the X Dollar Beer Night.

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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