RiverHawks hold off Grizzlies, 7-5
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June 16, 2008 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – Chris Raber hit a go-ahead home run in the sixth inning and the Rockford RiverHawks survived a three-run Gateway rally in the ninth to beat the Grizzlies, 7-5, on Monday at Road Ranger Stadium.

The RiverHawks won their third game in a row. Twice during the streak, Raber has driven in the winner. He hit a walkoff single in the ninth inning on Saturday in a win over Kalamazoo.

On Monday, Raber hit a two-run homer into the right-field beer garden off starter Matt Falk (1-4). The RiverHawks, who had just six hits but walked 10 times, scored twice more in the inning. Brad Dutton stole home on a delayed double steal and Matt Borman walked with the bases loaded. Rockford scored two insurance runs in the seventh.

Rockford starter Garrett Bauer (2-2) struck out eight and pitched into the seventh to get the win. He left after giving up three straight two-out hits, including Mike Breyman’s RBI single. Peden Rucker entered with runners on the corners and a three-run lead. Rucker, a rookie from South Carolina-Aiken in his professional debut, qualified for the save despite giving up three runs in the ninth inning on four straight two-out hits.

The RiverHawks host Gateway at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday. Saturn of Rockford sponsors the Youth Clinic, which begins at 5 p.m. and is free to youths ages 12 and under.

The RiverHawks are members of the Frontier League, a 12-team independent professional baseball league in its 16th season. Advertising and season-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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