RiverHawks’ streak ends with 3-2 loss
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August 29, 2008 - SAUGET, Ill. – Brandon Peters’ return to Gateway’s active roster came just in time for the Grizzlies.

Peters hit a tie-breaking home run off Rockford ace Garrett Bauer with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning on Friday, and the Grizzlies beat the RiverHawks, 3-2.

The RiverHawks’ season-best eight-game winning streak ended and Rockford’s lead on Gateway and Traverse City for the second Frontier League wild-card spot shrank to one game. Traverse City won, 4-2, at Chillicothe.

Peters broke a 2-2 tie with a home run to left off Bauer. Peters was activated from the disabled list on Friday. The rookie had not played since he made his professional debut on Aug. 14 and sprained his ankle on a play at third base.

Bauer (10-5) was foiled in his attempt to take sole possession of the team’s career wins lead. Bauer, with 23 wins in three years in Rockford, remains tied with Tanner Watson for the record. Bauer, who turns 27 on Sept. 4 and will age out of the league at season’s end, has one start left, Sept. 2 at Windy City.

Bauer struck out nine, walked five and pitched a five-hitter. It was Bauer’s first loss in three career complete games.

Jason James
had two hits, a RBI single in the third inning and a home run in the fifth inning. James’ home run, his 13th of the season, was the 20th of his career, good for third place on the team’s all-time home run list, passing Gooby Gerlits. He also moved past Rich Austin into second place on the all-time RBI list with his 150th. James also became the first RiverHawk with 130 hits in a season.

Joel Boeschen (5-2) pitched scoreless relief over the final four innings to get the win. He retired James on a fly ball with two men on base to end the game.

The three-game series continues at 7:05 p.m. Saturday.

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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