Watson blanks ‘Bolts, 4-0
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August 9, 2007 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – Tanner Watson threw his second straight two-hit shutout and became the first pitcher to win 20 games in a RiverHawks uniform as Rockford shut out Windy City, 4-0, on Thursday.

Fellow former Seattle farmhand Matt Hagen hit his 10th home run for Rockford, in front of 2,891 at Road Ranger Stadium.

Watson (8-1) didn’t give up a hit after J.P. Lowen’s leadoff infield hit in the third inning. retired 14 in a row from the fourth inning until a leadoff walk in the ninth. He struck out six and walked three.

Watson, who broke Josh Tomsu’s career wins record last Friday, when he pitched a two-hitter in a 1-0 shutout of Slippery Rock, is 20-10 since he joined the RiverHawks in 2005.

Watson is the first Rockford starter to pitch consecutive shutouts since June 18 and 23, 2005, when Joe Barbosa shut out Washington, 3-0, and Evansville, 6-0.

Batterymate Justus Kimbrough put the ‘Hawks on the board with a RBI double in the second inning. Hagen hit into a run-scoring double play in the third inning, then in the sixth hit a fly above the light towers and just inside the foul pole in left field to give Rockford a 3-0 lead.

Shawn Phillips (5-4) struck out four without a walk over six innings, but took the loss.

The homestand wraps up with FatWallet.com/WIFR Fireworks Friday. The first 250 will get 2005 RiverHawks logo lapel pins, courtesy of Mincemoyer Jewelers and BOB-FM.

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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