Skid reaches eight with 3-2 walkoff loss
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June 2, 2009 - YPSILANTI, Mich. – Roberto Mena hit two RBI doubles, including a walkoff two-bagger in the bottom of the ninth, as the Midwest Sliders of Ypsilanti beat the Rockford RiverHawks, 3-2, on Tuesday.

The RiverHawks have lost eight in a row, matching the longest losing streak in team history. The RiverHawks lost eight straight July 28-August 5, 2003.

The RiverHawks wasted a strong start from Mike Rogers. The veteran right-hander left with a 2-0 lead after a leadoff walk in the seventh inning. In the seventh, Mena doubled in a run and the Sliders tied the game on a run-scoring force play. Rogers, who received a no-decision, scattered two hits, walked two and struck out four.

In the bottom of the ninth, Rockford reliever Marcus McKenzie (0-2) struck out leadoff hitter Ralph Rosas, but catcher Robert Sabates could not hold onto the ball. Sabates committed a throwing error as he tried to complete the strikeout. After a sacrifice moved Rosas into scoring position and Rockford went to closer John Muller, Mena doubled home the winning run.

Jonathan Haldis (1-1) pitched two scoreless innings to earn the win in relief.

Rockford built its lead on a first-inning RBI single by Jason James and a fifth-inning sacrifice fly by Scott Simon.

The three-game series continues at 6:05 p.m. CDT Wednesday.

The RiverHawks return home on Tuesday, June 9 for a six-game homestand. It starts with a 7:05 p.m. game against Windy City. It’s Faith Night, when area churches and religious groups are invited to attend the game, courtesy of an anonymous donor. In addition, it’s a Two-For Tuesday, when hot dogs are two for the price of one.

The RiverHawks are members of the Frontier League, a 12-team independent professional baseball league that will play its 17th season this summer. The RiverHawks play their home opener at 7:05 p.m. May 26 against the Midwest Sliders of Ypsilanti. The RiverHawks host the 2009 Frontier League All-Star Game at 7:05 p.m. on July 15. Advertising and season-ticket information is available by calling (815) 885-2255. Fans can also visit the RiverHawks online at www.rockfordriverhawks.com. Most games are broadcast live on ESPN 1380, and on the team website.


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