Bauer K's 5 in first; James hits winner in 12th
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July 1, 2008 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – Jason James and Robert Sabates gave the Rockford RiverHawks a repeat performance. Garrett Bauer delivered an inning no RiverHawks fan has ever seen.

For the second night in a row, Sabates tied the game with a ninth-inning home run and James singled in the winning run in the 12th inning. The RiverHawks rallied from a four-run deficit and beat Windy City, 6-5, on Tuesday at Road Ranger Stadium.

In the first inning, Bauer struck out five batters, the first time a RiverHawk has ever struck out five in a single inning. It had never before happened in the 16 years of Frontier League baseball and is just the fourth time it has happened in 140 years of professional baseball. The last recorded five-strikeout inning was June 16, 2004, when Mike Schultz of the Lancaster JetHawks struck out five Rancho Cucamonga hitters in a Class A California League game. A five-strikeout game has never happened in the major leagues.

Bauer struck out five of the six he faced in the first inning. Mike Coles reached on a wild third strike and Wes Long followed with a two-run homer. Phil Hawke struck out swinging but reached on a passed ball by Sabates.

Bauer struck out eight and gave up four runs, three earned, on six hits over eight innings. He is undefeated over his last five starts.

The ThunderBolts led, 5-3, going into the ninth and sent closer Matt Petty, the league’s active saves leader, to the mound. With one out, James singled and Sabates homered to the beer garden in right field.

In the bottom of the 12th, Desmond Jones (2-2) walked Jono Brooks to start the inning and Joe Anthonsen with one out. Brad Dutton singled to load the bases and James lined a walkoff single into center field to drive in Brooks.

On Monday, Sabates hit a pinch-homer – the first in the team’s seven-year history – to right in the ninth and James singled in the winner in the 12th to beat Gateway, 3-2.

South Beloit native Matt Enderle (3-1) pitched a scoreless inning of relief to win Tuesday’s extra-inning affair.

Greg Burrows also homered for Rockford. Brett Amyx and Scott Billak hit solo home runs for Windy City.

The RiverHawks and ThunderBolts play at 12:05 p.m. Wednesday on Sonco/Wal-Mart Big Splash Day. The stadium will be turned into a water park, with water pistols and slip and slides.

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