RiverHawks score five in first, win third straight
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July 16, 2011 - JOLIET, Ill. – Jason James was 2-for-4 and drove in two runs Saturday as the Rockford RiverHawks beat the Joliet Slammers, 7-5, at Silver Cross Field.

The RiverHawks led from the first inning on and stretched their winning streak to three games. They’ve taken the first two games of a three-game series against the Frontier League East-leading Slammers.

Rockford scored five runs, four of them unearned, off Joliet starter Andrew Moss in the first inning. Freddy Parejo led off with a single. Dave Cooper attempted a sacrifice bunt, but third baseman Sean Estend threw the ball away for a two-base error. James singled in Parejo to put Rockford in front. Matt Greener hit a grounder to the pitcher and Moss attempted to get Cooper in a rundown between third base and home plate, but was called for obstruction and Cooper was awarded the plate. Luis Parache doubled in James and Greener. Reno Malay singled in Parache.

Joliet designated hitter Erik Lis led off a three-run second inning with his 10th home run of the season, but the Slammers didn’t get closer than two runs all night.

Rockford starter Brett Scarpetta (4-2) gave up four runs on eight hits and four walks over 5 1/3 innings for the win. Moss (2-3), who gave up six runs on five hits, walked two and hit three, took the loss. Rockford closer Brett Durand gave up a run in the ninth inning on a Lis sacrifice fly, but earned his 11th save.

The RiverHawks have a chance for a series sweep at 6:05 p.m. Sunday.

The RiverHawks’ next home game is at 7:05 p.m. Thursday, when they host Washington on a Miller Lite/RBI’s Thirsty Thursday.

The RiverHawks are members of the Frontier League, a 12-team independent professional baseball league in its 19th season. Advertising and ticket information is available by calling (815) 885-2255. Fans can also visit www.rockfordriverhawks.com.


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