Goldeyes, rain eliminate RiverHawks
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September 2, 2010 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – The Winnipeg Goldeyes took the Rockford RiverHawks to the brink of elimination from postseason contention. Weather pushed them over the edge.

The Goldeyes blew out the RiverHawks, 15-2, in the opener of a scheduled doubleheader on Rockford’s final home date. The nightcap was cancelled because of a heavy thunderstorm.

The cancellation mathematically eliminated the RiverHawks from contention for a Northern League playoff spot. Gary clinched one of the two remaining spots with the Rockford loss. The rainout at Road Ranger Stadium gave Joliet the last of the four postseason spots by default. The cancellation also guarantees a second straight losing season for the RiverHawks. Rockford had not finished below the .500 mark in any of its first seven years in the Stateline.

Brett Wallace, Justin Justice and Juan Diaz hit home runs for Winnipeg. Victor Diaz homered for the RiverHawks.

Winnipeg scored seven times in the first inning and knocked out Rockford starter Roger Lincoln (6-8) after two outs and 10 batters. Kevin West singled in a run. Justice made it 2-0 with a sacrifice fly to short right field. Luis Alen doubled in a run and Vince Harrison and Dee Brown followed with a pair of RBI singles. Donzell McDonald doubled in two more runs.

Winnipeg starter Chris Salamida (10-9) struck out seven without a walk and held the RiverHawks to seven hits in a complete-game victory.

The RiverHawks close their ninth season with a four-game commuter series at Lake County. The series opens at 7 p.m. Friday. It is not scheduled to be broadcast.

The RiverHawks are members of the Northern League, an eight-team independent professional baseball league in its 18th season. Advertising and season-ticket information for the 2011 season 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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