RiverHawks rally falls short in 4-2 loss
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May 31, 2010 - JOLIET, Ill. – Bear Bay and Griffin Bailey combined on a six-hitter on Monday as the Joliet Jackhammers beat the Rockford RiverHawks, 4-2, at Silver Cross Field.

Bay had a shutout until the ninth inning, but Bailey closed the game when the RiverHawks left the tying runs on base in the ninth.

Bay (1-2) retired 11 straight RiverHawks from the third through sixth innings. In the ninth, Rich Austin led off with a walk and Jason James doubled him home. Bailey relieved Bay, and although an error and a Jake Eigsti RBI single put the tying runs on the corners with one out, the right-hander retired the next two hitters for his first save.

Bay had a lead the work with from the second inning on. Jon Nelson led off the second with a home run to left field. Freddie Thon singled in a two-out run in the fifth and Kevin Rios hit a two-out, two-run homer to left in the seventh.

Rockford starter Kyle Wright (2-1) lasted 6 2/3 innings and gave up 10 hits for just the second time in his two seasons with the RiverHawks.

The series continues at 6:10 p.m. Tuesday.

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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