Wild Things blow out RiverHawks 9-1
Online Staff Report
LOVES PARK, Ill. — The Washington Wild Things took the lead in the third inning Wednesday, Aug. 22, and went on to blow out the Rockford RiverHawks 9-1 at RiverHawks Stadium.
Greg Van Horn’s two-out RBI single gave Rockford an early lead in the second inning, but Washington responded with two runs to go ahead 2-1. AJ Munziato hit an RBI single and Gus Benusa followed with a sacrifice fly to left field, scoring Michael Bando.
The Wild Things tallied an unearned run in the fifth on a ball off the bat of Munziato that snuck under the glove of RiverHawks’ first baseman Trevor Whyte, scoring Bando to make it 3-1. Munziato hit his second RBI base hit of the game in the seventh inning to push the lead to 4-1.
Washington starter Gary Lee (6-4) pitched eight innings of one-run ball to get the win. In two starts against Rockford this year, Lee went 2-0 with a 0.59 ERA and nine strikeouts in 15 1/3 innings.
Rockford starter Kyle Schepel (3-6) lost his fifth-straight decision, giving up three earned runs and striking out seven in 6 1/3 innings.
Darian Sandford swiped two more bases to give him four in the series and 63 on the year. He was also caught stealing twice for a second straight night, this time by Rockford catcher Van Horn. Shain Stoner hit a solo home run, his fifth of the season, in the eighth inning.
The Wild Things recorded three unearned runs in the ninth inning off Mickey Cassidy. The RiverHawks committed five errors in the game, four by shortstop Carlos Luciano.
“It’s hard to have that many errors and win a ballgame,” Manager Rich Austin said. “Lee pitched well and he was able to execute his pitches.”
The series concludes Thursday, Aug. 23, as Washington sends southpaw Shawn Smith (1-4, 3.06 ERA) to the mound, and Rockford counters with righty Drew Rucinski (6-3, 2.80 ERA).
Thursday night is Perry Rock $1 beer night and American’s Bring it Home Thursday. One lucky fan will walk away with a 40-inch 1080p LCD TV, courtesy of American.
The RiverHawks (36-50) are in fifth place (out of seven) in the Frontier League West Division, 14 games behind the division-leading Gateway Grizzlies (50-32).
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 Aug. 23, 2012
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