Washington runs wild on RiverHawks, 9-2
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July 26, 2007 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – The Washington Wild Things took advantage of ill-timed Rockford defensive lapses and beat the RiverHawks, 9-2, Thursday at Road Ranger Stadium.

Washington took scored four unearned runs, thanks to three Rockford errors and a passed ball.

Rockford broke a scoreless tie in the second inning, when Alhaji Turay led off with a single, stole second base and scored on Brad Dutton’s two-out single.

In the third inning, Washington loaded the bases with two outs. Rob Knapp hit a tapper a few feet down the line toward third. Catcher Joey Huskins grabbed the ball, but threw wide of first base. The error unloaded the bases and put the Wild Things in front, 3-1. With two outs in the fourth, Kyle Padgett doubled in a run, advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on Chris Sidick’s bunt single.

Rockford starter James Cramphin struck a career-best eight in six innings. Only one of the five runs off Cramphin (2-2) was earned.

J.J. Hollenbeck (4-2) gave up two runs on eight hits and struck out six over six innings for the win.

Jarod Rine hit a home run in the ninth for Washington.

Rockford’s Matt Sauls was 0-for-5 and his 11-game hitting streak ended.

The Slippery Rock Sliders visit at 7:05 p.m. Friday. The first 250 through the gate receive 2004 RiverHawks logo lapel pins, courtesy of Mincemoyer Jewelry and BOB-FM. Following the game, fans are invited to stick around for the FatWallet.com/WIFR Friday Night Fireworks Series.

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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