RiverHawks fall to Winnipeg, 10-9
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May 30, 2010 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – An afternoon with six home runs, including back-to-back-to-back home runs for the first time in Rockford RiverHawks history, was decided by a ball that did not leave the yard.

Winnipeg first baseman Jeremy Hamilton drove in the eventual winning run on a sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth inning, as the Goldeyes rallied to beat the RiverHawks, 10-9, Sunday at Road Ranger Stadium.

Phillip Roy pitched the bottom of the ninth, and picked off Jake Eigsti, who tried to advance to third after a one-out double, to earn his third save.

Ian Thomas (1-0) replaced an injured Andrew Barb with no outs in the seventh. Thomas pitched out of Barb’s mess, and pitched the eighth to be the pitcher of record.

Back-to-back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the fifth by Patrick O’Sullivan, Eigsti, and Adam Shorsher put Rockford up 7-1. Dee Brown led off the sixth with a solo home run to cut the lead to 7-2. In the bottom of the sixth, Rich Austin singled in Kevin House to extend the Rockford lead back to six.

Mike Wood started the game for Rockford, and left after six innings with an 8-2 lead. Alex Thieroff replaced Wood, and got into trouble with a walk and a double before he gave up a three-run home run to Kevin West that cut the lead to 8-5. Jon Huizinga began the eighth and gave up three singles before he left for a lefty vs. lefty matchup. Adam Rowe walked his first batter, and then gave up a two-run double to Juan Diaz that tied the game at eight.

Scott Roehl came into the game with a runner on second base and two outs. Kevin West singled to center to give Winnipeg its first lead at 9-8.

Kevin House hit a home run to left field in the bottom of the eighth to tie the game, 9-9. House went 4-for-5 with three doubles and the home run.

Roehl (0-1) stayed in the game for the ninth, and gave up back-to-back singles before the Hamilton sacrifice fly. Harrison reached third on a hit-and-run play to put him in position to score on the sac fly.

Rockford will travel to Joliet to begin a four-game series with the Jackhammers at 5:10 p.m. Monday.

The RiverHawks are members of the Northern League, an eight-team independent professional baseball league that will play its 18th season this summer. Advertising and ticket information is available by calling (815) 885-2255. Games are broadcast live on ESPN 1380 (WTJK-AM) and on ESPN1380.com. Fans can also visit the RiverHawks online at www.rockfordriverhawks.com.


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