Sellout crowd sees RiverHawks rally, win
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July 15, 2010 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – The Rockford RiverHawks rallied for seven seventh-inning runs on Thursday and beat Lake County, 12-6.

Patrick O’Sullivan (above) was a season-best 4-for-4 with two RBI, in front of a sellout crowd of 4,298 at Road Ranger Stadium. Jason James homered for the third straight game. Jeff Dunbar homered for the Fielders.

Rockford dropped five of its last six games before the all-star break, including two of three last weekend at Lake County, and scored just 12 runs in that span.

The RiverHawks had an early 5-1 lead, but the Fielders chipped away with two runs in the fifth inning and took the lead with three unearned runs in the top of the seventh off of reliever Manny Olivares. Dunbar’s ninth home run, a three-run shot to right-center field, gave Lake County a 6-5 lead.

In the bottom of the inning, Rockford scored seven two-out runs. Lake County reliever Garrett Sherrill hit Jono Brooks with the bases loaded to force in the tying run and walked Kevin House to force in the winning run. Sherrill (4-1) left after Jake Eigsti hit a two-run bloop single to center. Ryan Falcon entered and hung a curveball that James blasted to right-center. James, who has eight home runs, has homered off Lake County pitching in three straight games.

Olivares (1-0) got the win.

The four-game series continues at 7:05 p.m. Friday. Stanley Steemer, WIFR and BOB-FM sponsor Randall Simon Bobblehead Doll Night, a premium giveaway for the first 1,000 fans. The gates open at 6 p.m. Kids are allowed in at 5 p.m. for the State Farm Youth Clinic. It’s also Road Ranger Free Gas Friday and the Friday Fish Fry.

The RiverHawks are members of the Northern League, an eight-team independent professional baseball league in its 18th season. 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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