The Aviators defeated the Frontier Greys to complete the sweep at Aviators Stadium Thursday night, besting the visitors 3-1. Cameron Garfield hit his first home run of the season for Rockford, and Kyle Brueggemann tossed eight innings of one-run ball to earn his seventh victory.
The Aviators used Garfield’s early jack to make it a 1-0 lead. The game was delayed for approximately one hour in the fourth, but Brueggemann returned to work even after the long break. He surrendered a run in the sixth but settled down to hold the Greys off the rest of the way, notching seven total strikeouts in the process.
With the game tied 1-1 in the bottom of the sixth, the Aviators got RBI from Brian Bistagne and Justin Fox to score Danny Stienstra and Devon Rodriguez, who led the inning off with singles, and reclaim the lead.
Matt Frahm would pitch a scoreless ninth to earn his first save of the year and seal the 48th win for the Aviators.
The team is now in a three-way tie for the final two playoff spots with the Florence Freedom and the Evansville Otters. The Aviators head to Joliet for a three-game set to close out the season starting tonight at 7:05 p.m. Payton Baskette will get the start for the Aviators.
A live broadcast of the game will be available through rockfordaviators.com.