Paints rally in ninth, beat RiverHawks, 9-8
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July 13, 2008 - CHILLICOTHE, Ohio – The Rockford RiverHawks’ swing through the Frontier League East was a week of walkoff losses.

On Sunday, Chillicothe rallied for three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the RiverHawks, 9-8. Joe Spiers’ two-out, two-run single handed the RiverHawks their third walkoff defeat in a six-game trip to Florence and Chillicothe. The RiverHawks dropped two of three in each city, including two walkoff losses last Thursday at Florence.

The RiverHawks rallied for three runs in the sixth inning to take a 7-6 lead. The RiverHawks loaded the bases with two outs on two walks and a hit batter. Jason James singled to right field to drive home two and tie the game. Matt Mazurek scored on a wild pitch to put Rockford in front. The RiverHawks added an unearned run in the seventh inning.

In the bottom of the ninth, Roy Bringleson (1-1) came out of the bullpen after a leadoff walk. With one out, Bringleson walked Jon Poterson and gave up a RBI single to Jerry Verastegui. After a groundout advanced Poterson to third base and pinch-runner Rob Vernon to second, Tim Flattery relieved Bringleson. Spiers lined Flattery’s 1-2 pitch into shallow right-center to drive in the tying and winning runs.

Seven Rockford pitchers combined to walk 10 Paints.

Joe Brown (2-1), the last of six Chillicothe pitchers, pitched a perfect ninth inning to get the win.

The RiverHawks scored four times in the second inning to erase an early 1-0 deficit and knock starting pitcher Andy Polk from the mound 10 hitters into the game. Bryan Cook doubled in a run and scored on Greg Burrows’ two-run triple. Jono Brooks followed with a sacrifice fly. Chillicothe rallied for a run in the bottom of the second inning and two runs in the third, then took a 6-4 lead with a pair of unearned runs in the fourth inning.

Joe Anthonsen extended his career-best hitting streak to 15 games. He leads the Frontier League with 74 hits, the most a RiverHawk has ever had at the all-star break.

Brooks left the game in the seventh after a collision with Brooks on a popup play.

The RiverHawks are off the next four nights for the Frontier League all-star break. They return to action on Friday, when River City visits at 7:05 p.m. Culver’s and 104.9 – the X sponsor RiverHawks Baseball Card Night #3, an eight-card subset featuring current RiverHawks, a former RiverHawks great and a WXRX DJ. FatWallet.com and WIFR sponsor the Friday Night Fireworks Series following the game.

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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