Streaks snapped as RiverHawks lose, 4-3
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June 15, 2009 - EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The Evansville Otters rallied in the eighth inning to snap two streaks with a 4-3 win over the Rockford RiverHawks on Monday at Bosse Field.

Rockford’s three-game winning streak ended with the defeat. The Otters pulled out of a five-game skid.

The Otters broke a 3-3 tie in the eighth inning. Greg Alexander led off the eighth with a double off Rockford starter Brett Durand. Marcus McKenzie relieved Durand and Matt Pulley singled home the go-ahead run.

Rockford left nine men on base – five of them in scoring position – but scored all three runs on two-out hits. The RiverHawks came up with three straight two-out singles in the third inning, capped by Ross McCoy’s RBI single. After Rockford fell behind, 3-1, on Greg Alexander’s home run in the fourth and RBI singles from Josh Howard and Javier Brown in the fifth, the RiverHawks came from behind with more clutch hitting. Doug Sanders singled home a two-out run in the seventh inning. Three straight RiverHawks reached base with two outs in the eighth inning. Pinch-hitter Matt Mazurek singled home the tying run.

Durand (3-1) struck out five and walked only one, but gave up 11 hits in his first loss of the year. Evansville reliever Brandon Dill (2-1) blew the lead in the eighth inning, but got the win. Justin Smith pitched a perfect ninth inning for his third save.

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

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 in its 17th season. The RiverHawks host the 2009 Frontier League All-Star Game at 7:05 p.m. on July 15. Advertising and 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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