After allowing just 1 run in three games to the Joliet Slammers last weekend, the first-place Schaumburg Boomers dropped a 2-0 decision to the defending Frontier League Champions on Friday night.
The Boomers (41-29) wasted a solid outing by rookie Matt Kuna, who gave up a seventh-inning home run to David Fox that just barely cleared the wall in left field for the game's only runs.
The native of Griffith, Ind., suffered his first home loss and has thrown into the sixth inning in every start. Kuna struck out five and surrendered 8 hits through 6 innings Friday in front of 4,313 at Boomers Stadium.
The bullpen kept the Boomers in the game late as Jason Braun and Joe Parsons combined for 2 perfect innings. Parsons dropped his ERA to a team-best 1.24 with 5 strikeouts in 2 innings.
The Boomers mustered just 3 hits off the Slammers' staff, with Steven Maxwell throwing 8 shutout innings to earn his sixth victory. Amalio Diaz also picked up a pair of strikeouts in a perfect ninth to record his 17th save.