Rockford RiverHawks avoid sweep, edge Boomers 5-4
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LOVES PARK, Ill. — Michael Hur’s record-tying home run Monday, Aug. 27, helped the Rockford RiverHawks avoid a series sweep in a 5-4 win over the Schaumburg Boomers.
Hur’s blast, a 3-1 pitch he took off the scoreboard in left-center field off Cameron Roth with the game tied at 3-3 in the fifth inning, gave the RiverHawks a 4-3 lead. Hur’s home run was his 15th of the season and tied current Manager Rich Austin’s single-season RiverHawks’ record set in 2004.
Rockford led 5-4 entering the ninth inning and brought closer Garrett Granitz in seeking his 11th save. Chase Fontaine led off the frame with a double to the left-center gap, and Jereme Milons sacrificed Fontaine over to third base.
With one out, pinch hitter Sean Mahley hit a tapper back to Granitz, whose throw pulled Trevor Whyte off the bag at first base. With runners on the corners, Brandon Gregorich hit a slow roller to Jet Butler at second base, who tagged pinch runner Drew Heithoff and threw to first base to complete the double play and help Rockford snap a five-game losing streak and give Granitz his 11th save of the season.
“We were able to work out of it,” Austin said. “I’m really happy for Garrett.”
Cody Hallahan (6-8) yielded four runs in 5 2/3 innings of work to snap a three-start losing streak. Cameron Roth (8-9) allowed five runs over 4 1/3 innings and lost his fifth-straight start.
Matt Greener gave Rockford an early 1-0 lead with an RBI single in the first inning, and with the game tied at 1-1 in the third inning, Greener hit a two-run double down the left field line to give the RiverHawks a 3-1 lead. He finished the night 2-for-3 with three RBIs.
Schaumburg’s Karexon Sanchez launched a 3-0 pitch in the fifth inning for a two-run homer to tie the game.
The game Monday was played as a makeup game from Sunday night’s rainout.
The RiverHawks open their final home series of the season Tuesday, Aug. 28, against the Road Warriors. The pitching probables for the game are Sheng-An Kuo (0-9, 4.50 ERA) and Kyle Schepel (3-6, 3.03 ERA).
Thanks to WIFR Channel 23, all tickets will be just 23 cents for the remaining three home games.
The RiverHawks (37-53) are in fifth place (out of seven) in the Frontier League West Division, 17 games behind the division-leading Gateway Grizzlies (54-36).
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. 28, 2012
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