RiverHawks, Sliders split doubleheader
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August 9, 2008 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – The Rockford RiverHawks jumped out to an early lead in the opener of Friday’s doubleheader, but wasted numerous opportunities in the nightcap as the Midwest Sliders salvaged a split. Rockford scored four times in the first inning of the first game and won, 7-4. In the nightcap, the RiverHawks left 10 men in scoring position and lost, 6-2.

With the split, the RiverHawks fell two games behind Gateway in the race for the final Frontier League playoff spot. The Grizzlies won, 6-4, at Kalamazoo.

In the opener, Rockford started the first inning with five straight hits – singles from Joe Anthonsen, Aaron Davis, Brad Dutton, Robbie Knapp and a double by Tony Gonzalez – and took a 4-0 lead. Carlos Rivera led off the second with a home run to the right-field beer garden, his first professional homer.

The Sliders rallied for four runs in the fourth inning. Brian Vickers doubled with one out and the next four batters walked. Anthony Albano hit a sacrifice fly and Sam Snell singled in a run to cut Rockford’s lead to 5-4.

The RiverHawks scored a pair of insurance runs in the sixth inning. Anthonsen singled in a run and later evaded a rundown play, which allowed Rivera to score from third base.

Peden Rucker (3-2) pitched 3 2/3 innings of scoreless relief for the win. James Cramphin earned his seventh save. Ryan MacFarlane (2-3) suffered a complete-game loss.

In the nightcap, Brandon Cohen’s two-out, two-run single in the third inning gave Rockford a 2-1 lead after they had failed to capitalize on bases-loaded opportunities in the first and second. The RiverHawks twice loaded the bases in the fourth inning and again failed to score. Rockford stranded 13 total runners.

The Sliders rallied to regain the lead with a four-run fifth inning off reliever Matt Enderle (3-2). With two outs, Ben Barrone doubled home three runs and scored on a Vickers single. Vickers singled in an insurance run in the seventh.

Shane Sveda (1-2) won in relief.

The series continues at 7:05 p.m. Saturday on Ron Santo Bobblehead Doll Night. The first 1,000 in the stadium receive a Ron Sant bobblehead, sponsored by Dr Pepper, Bob-FM and WIFR.

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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