RiverHawks top Road Warriors 7-5
Online Staff Report
LOVES PARK, Ill. — Matt Greener’s three-run homer in the third inning Tuesday, Aug. 28, propelled the Rockford RiverHawks to a 7-5 victory over the Road Warriors in the series opener at RiverHawks Stadium.
Greener’s blast, his fifth of the season, came with two outs off starter Sheng-An Kuo and gave Rockford a 3-1 lead. It was Greener’s second-straight three-RBI game.
Kyle Schepel (4-6) picked up the win as he allowed two earned runs on three hits and six walks in 6 1/3 innings.
Kuo (0-10) yielded three earned runs in 5 1/3 innings in a losing effort.
The Road Warriors closed the gap to 4-3 with a run in the sixth inning and loaded the bases in the seventh, but Mickey Cassidy came in to get Doug Thennis to bounce into an inning-ending fielder’s choice on a play where shortstop Ted Obregon ranged to his left, fielded the ball, and made a flip to Justino Cuevas to get the out.
The visitors loaded the bases with one out in the eighth inning, but Jacob Daniel popped to second base and Obregon made another ranging play on a Matt Wright grounder up the middle, again flipping to Cuevas to end the inning.
The RiverHawks added three insurance runs in the eighth inning to go ahead 7-3. The Road Warriors scored twice in the ninth inning on a two-run single by David Roney, but Garrett Granitz shut the door by striking out Wesley Jones to end the game and pick up his 12th save.
Trevor Whyte went 2-for-3 for Rockford and extended his hitting streak to 13 games.
The series resumes tomorrow as righty Tyler Vaske (1-1, 5.14 ERA) toes the rubber for the Road Warriors, and the RiverHawks counter with righty Drew Rucinski (6-4, 3.27 ERA).
Thanks to WIFR Channel 23, all tickets will be just 23 cents for the remaining two home games.
The RiverHawks (38-53) are in fifth place (out of seven) in the Frontier League West Division, 16 games behind the division-leading Gateway Grizzlies (54-37).
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. 29, 2012
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