RiverHawks lose fourth straight, 5-4
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August 12, 2009 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – Jason James broke out of his home-run drought on Wednesday, but the Rockford RiverHawks are still slumping.

The Washington Wild Things rallied for three runs in the seventh inning and beat the RiverHawks, 5-4, at Road Ranger Stadium. Rockford has dropped four in a row and five of six.

The RiverHawks are five games out of a playoff spot with 23 left to play. River City won, 11-1, at Kalamazoo.

James (above, file photo) and Washington’s Chris Sidick each hit leadoff home runs to center field in the sixth inning. James hit his ninth of the year, his first since July 10. He was 2-for-4. Sidick, also 2-for-4, hit his seventh homer.

James’ home run sparked a four-run rally in the sixth. With two outs, Doug Sanders doubled home two runs to drive starter Zach Groh from the mound. Jono Brooks greeted reliever Mike Lucas with another RBI double to give Rockford a 4-2 lead.

In the seventh inning, Brett Grandstrand broke out of an 0-for-24 slump with a RBI double. Elliott Cribby (1-2) came out of the bullpen. Mike Parker tripled to the corner in right to drive in the tying run and scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch by Cribby.

Lucas (2-2) won in relief. Keith Meyer pitched a perfect ninth inning for his second save.

Washington has a chance to complete a three-game sweep at 7:05 p.m. on Thirsty Thursday. Miller Lite and 104.9 – the X sponsor Dollar Beer Night. It’s also Rockford Chamber of Commerce Night. All chamber members receive a discount with advance purchase.

The RiverHawks are members of the Frontier League, a 12-team independent professional baseball league in its 17th season. 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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