RiverHawks’ skid continues, 6-3
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August 22, 2009 - FLORENCE, Ky. – Four Florence pitchers combined to six-hit Rockford on Saturday as the Freedom beat the RiverHawks, 6-3.

The foursome of Jordan Towns, John Tessyman, Demetrius Banks and Jonathan Miller also combined for 12 strikeouts as the RiverHawks dropped their fourth game in a row.

Alex Bardeguez was 2-for-3 with two doubles in a losing effort. The RiverHawks took a 2-0 lead on a two-base hit by Bardgeuez in the second inning. Bardeguez led off the ninth with a shot off the top of the wall in right-center field, but Miller struck out the following three hitters for his 11th save of the year and his second in two nights against Rockford.

The Freedom rallied for three runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 3-2 lead. Billy Mottram led off with a triple off the center-field wall and scored on Justin Pickett’s sacrifice fly. Erold Andrus then lined a double off the glove of center fielder Jason James. With two outs, left fielder Matt Mazurek made a rolling grab of Jay Johnson’s line drive, but infield umpire Darren Brown ruled Mazurek trapped the ball. Andrus scored on Johnson’s single. Johnson later stole second base and scored on Johnny Welch’s double to right-center.

The RiverHawks tied the game with an unearned run in the sixth inning. Doug Sanders led off with a walk. James grounded to first base, but Matt Stiffler threw away the ball in a force attempt. The error moved Sanders to third. Derrick Walker then hit a bouncer to Welch at third. He threw wildly to the plate in an effort to retire Sanders. Pickett, the catcher, recovered the ball as James and Walker each attempted to take an extra base. In the course of a rundown play, both runners were put out.

Rockford then coughed up an error and gave up two unearned runs in the bottom of the sixth. Bardeguez threw wildly after he gloved Welch’s grounder to third to bring in Erold Andrus with the go-ahead run. With two outs, Tim Grogan singled in another run to give the Freedom a 5-3 lead.

Florence benefited in the seventh inning from another defensive miscue by the RiverHawks. Walker lost Pickett’s fly to right field, which dropped in for a triple. Andrus singled in Pickett.

Towns (2-5) pitched into the seventh inning to earn the win. He left after the RiverHawks began the inning with a single by Ross McCoy and a walk by Bardeguez. Tessyman loaded the bases with a one-out walk, but Banks got the Freedom out of the inning.

Rockford left seven men on base and was 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position on Saturday.

Rockford starter Brett Durand (8-6) gave up five runs, three earned, on nine hits over 5 2/3 innings and took the loss.

The series finale is scheduled for 5:05 p.m. CDT Sunday and will be broadcast live on ESPN 1380.

The RiverHawks come home Tuesday for a six-game homestand. They play River City at 7:05 p.m. on a Two-For Tuesday. Tickets and hot dogs are each 2-for-1.

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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