RiverHawks hold on for 6-5 win over Boomers
Online Staff Report
LOVES PARK, Ill. — The Rockford RiverHawks scored twice in the fourth inning Sunday night, July 29, to take the lead and held on for a 6-5 win over the Schaumburg Boomers.
In that inning, Justino Cuevas doubled in Evan Button from first base to tie the game at 2-2. Mike Thomas singled home Cuevas to give the RiverHawks a 3-2 lead.
Rockford added three insurance runs off the Boomers’ bullpen in the seventh inning to stretch the lead to 6-2. Brandon Anderson hit an RBI double, and Javier Herrera and Michael Hur both had RBI singles.
The Boomers scored three runs in the top of the ninth inning off Andrew Armstrong and closer Garrett Granitz, but Granitz struck out Mike Valadez to give the RiverHawks the win.
RiverHawks’ starter Cody Hallahan (5-5) won his fourth straight decision, allowing two runs on seven hits and four walks in five innings. Kyle Lindquist pitched 2 2/3 innings of hitless relief, striking out four batters.
The Boomers loaded the bases in the first inning, but Hallahan escaped unscathed. They also loaded the bases with two outs in the third inning, but he retired Jereme Milons on a flyout to center to escape the threat.
The Boomers stranded 12 runners on base, seven in scoring position, in the game.
Schaumburg’s Matt Kuna (2-2) yielded three runs on seven hits in six innings in a losing effort. The loss snapped the Boomers’ five-game winning streak.
Herrera went 2-for-3 with two RBIs to give him 60 RBIs for the year. Justino Cuevas had two hits and an RBI.
The series concludes Monday night, July 30, as the Boomers send southpaw Cameron Roth (7-4, 3.26 ERA) to the mound, and the RiverHawks counter with righty Kyle Schepel (3-2, 1.13 ERA).
Monday is Power Connection Pack the Park Night. Power Connection has bought out the stadium and is offering free tickets to members of the community at no charge. To receive tickets at no charge, fans are asked to go to www.rockfordriverhawks.com, print out the “Power Connection Pack the Park Night” voucher, and bring it to the stadium box office. Vouchers are good for up to four tickets.
The RiverHawks (30-35) are currently in fifth place (out of seven) in the Frontier League West Division, nine games behind the division-leading Schaumburg Boomers (39-26).
The RiverHawks are members of the Frontier League, an independent professional baseball league in its 20th season. Games are broadcast on NTA-FM (100.5). Advertising and ticket information is available by calling (815) 885-2255. Fans can also visit www.rockfordriverhawks.com.
Posted July 30, 2012
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