RiverHawks blow two leads, lose, 10-9
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July 18, 2008 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – The Rockford RiverHawks lost a pair of leads, and ultimately the game, on Friday.

River City rallied from deficits of four and three on Friday to beat the RiverHawks, 10-9, in front of a sellout crowd of 3,308 at Road Ranger Stadium.

River City rallied for two runs in the seventh inning and two more in the eighth as Rockford’s 9-6 lead evaporated. Former RiverHawk Andrew Sweet drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly.

The RiverHawks took a 4-0 lead in the first inning on RBI singles by Jason James, Robbie Knapp, Brad Dutton and Mike Scripture. River City rallied for five runs in the third inning on Brad Hough’s two-run single and Phil Laurent’s three-run homer to take the lead and knock out starter Jim Paduch. Rockford regained the lead in the bottom of the third on Robbie Knapp’s two-run homer, his first home run since the RiverHawks acquired him from Washington on Monday.

In the eighth inning, Rockford reliever Kyffin Marcum (2-1) departed after he gave up a single and committed an error. Luke Bargainer greeted Roy Bringleson with a game-tying single and Sweet followed with the go-ahead sacrifice fly.

Brian Logan (2-1) pitched 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief for the win. Mike Benacka struck out three and walked one in the ninth for his 13th save.

Joe Anthonsen was 0-for-3 with two walks and his career-best hitting streak was snapped at 15 games, four shy of the team record.

The series continues at 7:05 p.m. Saturday on Ferguson Jenkins Night. The day’s events will promote Little Cubs Field, a Wrigley Field replica scaled for youth baseball, located in Freeport. Jenkins will make an appearance there from 9 a.m. to noon. Among the events in Freeport Jenkins will participate in are a pitching clinic, an autograph show and an opportunity to hit a home run off the 1971 National League Cy Young Award winner. For a $31 donation to Little Cubs Field, fans can take three swings against Jenkins. Rocko the RiverHawk, along with several players, will attend the event as well. Comcast Sportsnet Chicago will be present.

At the RiverHawks’ game that night, the first 1,000 fans will receive bobblehead dolls, sponsored by Little Cubs Field, featuring Jenkins. Jenkins, who will throw out a ceremonial first pitch, will also autograph his bobblehead in exchange for a donation. Half of each donation will go to the Fergie Jenkins Foundation and half to Little Cubs Field. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and Jenkins will be available for autographs from 5:30-6:50 p.m. Jenkins will also join the RiverHawks radio broadcast on WNTA (1330 AM) for the third inning.

For more information, visit rockfordriverhawks.com.

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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