Bauer breaks record, but ‘Hawks lose
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July 26, 2008 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – Garrett Bauer broke the Rockford RiverHawks’ all-time strikeout record on Friday, but Dan Burton’s go-ahead home run and a late offensive explosion gave the Evansville Otters a 14-5 win.

Burton was 4-for-6 and a triple short of the cycle, in front of a near-capacity crowd of 3,224 at Road Ranger Stadium.

Burton’s sixth-inning home run to left field broke a 1-1 tie. The Otters added an unearned run in the seventh inning. They sent twelve to the plate and scored seven times in the eighth inning, then added three runs in the ninth inning on back-to-back home runs by Jose Pineda and Nick Salotti.

Bauer (6-4) gave up three runs, two earned, on five hits and a season-high six walks over 6 1/3 innings in a losing effort. He struck out eight to become the Rockford RiverHawks’ all-time strikeout leader. Jason Shelley, with 238, had been the record holder. Bauer broke the record with a first-inning strikeout of Luke Hetherington and finished the game with 246 career strikeouts.

Evansville starter Kai Tuomi (1-1) gave up two runs on eight hits over eight innings for the win.

The series finale is at 7:05 p.m. Saturday. It’s Finnegans’ RV RiverHawks Floppy Hat Night, and Boy Scout Campout Night.

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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