RiverHawks back to the brink after 5-0 loss
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September 5, 2007 - CRESTWOOD, Ill. – The Rockford RiverHawks had to win three straight games last weekend to reach the playoffs. After Wednesday’s 5-0 loss at Windy City, the RiverHawks face three more must-win games.

The ThunderBolts lead the best-of-five Frontier League Division Series two victories to none. A loss on Friday would mean the third straight year Rockford has exited the postseason in the first round.

Windy City starter Shawn Phillips struck out seven in the shutout and scattered three hits – all by Rockford leadoff man Joe Anthonsen.

Windy City shortstop Wes Long continued to punish Rockford pitching. Long walked with the bases loaded in the 10th inning on Tuesday to beat the RiverHawks, 3-2, in Game 1.

On Wednesday, Long broke a scoreless tie with a fourth-inning single. He capped the ThunderBolts’ four-run seventh inning with a two-out RBI single.

Rockford starter Tanner Watson was charged with five runs, three earned, on seven hits over seven innings. He has lost his last three starts, dating back to the regular season.

The RiverHawks host Game 3 at 7:05 p.m. Friday. All bottled beer is just $2. In addition, all fans who purchase a 2008 ticket plan and put at least 10 percent down by the close of business on Friday will receive free tickets to all 2007 playoff games at Road Ranger Stadium.

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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