Austin, Eigsti homer as RiverHawks end skid, 7-3
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August 21, 2010 - GARY, Ind. – Rich Austin hit a grand slam and Jake Eigsti also homered on Saturday as the Rockford RiverHawks beat the Gary SouthShore RailCats, 7-3, at U.S. Steel Yard.

The RiverHawks led from the first inning on and snapped a three-game losing streak. Vic Buttler led off the game with a single, stole second base and advanced to third on an errant throw by Gary catcher John Parham. Jason James singled him home.

In the second inning, Eigsti drew a leadoff walk and Jono Brooks reached on a bunt single. After a sacrifice, Buttler walked to load the bases and Austin homered to left off rookie starter Andy Weeks. Weeks (1-1) gave up seven hits and walked five in 3 2/3 innings.

Rockford starter Roger Lincoln (6-7) gave up three runs on seven hits over five-plus innings for the win. Gary rallied in the fifth inning on Adam Klein’s RBI double and Cristian Guerrero’s two-out, two-run double to right field. James, the Rockford center fielder, threw out Guerrero at third base. James, with 11 outfield assists, leads Northern League center fielders.

The RiverHawks scored two insurance runs in the ninth. Eigsti led off with a home run and James hit a sacrifice fly.

Former major-leaguer Victor Diaz, in his first start with the RiverHawks, was 2-for-3 with three walks as the designated hitter.

The rubber match of the three-game series is at 2 p.m. Sunday and broadcast live on ESPN 1380.

The RiverHawks are home at 7:05 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26 for Miller Lite/2nd Cousin’s Dollar Beer Night, when they play Kansas City.

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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