RiverHawks finish sweep with 8-6 win
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June 14, 2009 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – The Rockford RiverHawks took advantage of 13 walks and two errors by Gateway for an 8-6 win on Sunday and a three-game series sweep at Road Ranger Stadium.

Rockford went 5-1 on its last six-game homestand until August.

Jason James went 1-for-3 to extend his hitting streak to 12 games. He also drove in two runs to become the RiverHawks’ all-time RBI leader. James broke a scoreless tie in the first inning with a RBI groundout, his 165th career RBI. He broke Ben Fjelland’s all-time RiverHawks record of 164.

Rockford never trailed. After Gateway’s Chad Rothford tied the game with a RBI groundout in the second inning, the RiverHawks rallied for four unearned runs in bottom of the second to regain the lead for good. Aaron Cone broke the 1-1 tie with a RBI single. Another run scored when shortstop Alex Kerins mishandled Mike Goetz’ potential double-play grounder for an error. Doug Sanders and Ross McCoy followed with RBI singles. Gateway starter Jordan Craft (2-1) gave up four hits and walked three in just two innings of work.

Rockford starter Kyle Wright (3-1) gave up three runs, two earned, on five hits over six innings for his third straight victory. Wright matched a career high with eight strikeouts and walked one.

Gateway rallied for three runs in the eighth inning on a RBI double by Charlie Lisk, a sacrifice fly by Joe Scaperotta and a RBI single by Rothford. With the potential tying run at the plate, Rockford closer John Muller came on with one out in the eighth and recorded a five-out save. Muller’s six saves leads the Frontier League.

The RiverHawks head on the road for a six-game trip to Evansville at Gateway. The three-game series at Evansville starts at 7:05 p.m. Monday.

The RiverHawks return home for a three-game series against Evansville at 4:05 p.m. Sunday as the RiverHawks celebrate Father’s Day. The first 1,000 receive a RiverHawks logo baseball, great for autographs or for catch. Before the game, fathers and kids can play catch on the field. After the game, players will also autograph balls. Don't forget the early start times for Sunday games this year. As always, kids get to run the bases following Sunday games. Sponsored by OSF, Q98.5, and Fox 39.

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 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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