After losing by 15 runs the night previous, the Rockford Rivets did not want to let another one slip away with the playoffs quickly approaching.
Alex Bacevicius notched seven and a third innings, Rockford managed 13 runs and 14 hits, and the Rivets defeated the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders, 13-5 on Friday night to remain in 1st place in the South Divisional standings in the second half.
From the beginning, it looked like a pitchers’ duel. Bacevicius and Jacob Barton began the game with three scoreless innings each. However, Rockford used a two-out rally in the 4th to open things up.
With two outs, Zach Rheams doubled to left center field before Brian Klein was hit by a pitch. After a Neal Tyrell single to load the bases, Anthony Forte swung away at the first pitch, a ground ball down the 1st base line to clear the bases. Kian O’Brien brought Forte home with an RBI single to put Rockford up 4-0. The Rivets poured it on from there to pick up the Friday night victory.
The Rivets hosted "Bring Your Game to Rockford" Night in conjunction with the Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, distributing Fred VanVleet bobbleheads to celebrate the Auburn graduate's athletic contributions to the community. VanVleet is preparing for his second NBA season with the Toronto Raptors.