O'FALLON, Mo. -- The Schaumburg Boomers put the brakes on a four-game losing streak, gaining ground in the Frontier League playoff race with a 4-0 win over the host River City Rascals in the opener of a road trip.
The Boomers (42-31) rode the arm of starting pitcher Cody Griebling, who worked 7 shutout innings to improve to 4-1 on the season. The rookie allowed 7 hits with a walk and 4 strikeouts.
Griebling outdueled Tony Marsala, who suffered the loss after allowing 1 earned run in 6 innings for the Rascals.
The Boomers grabbed a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning and added a run in the fifth on Nate Baumann's sacrifice fly.
Steve McQuail hit his 14th homer in the eighth and Frank Pfister contributed his 50th RBI with a single in the ninth. The Boomers collected 10 hits, including 3 from Pfister and a pair by McQuail.
Relief pitcher Sam Robinson left the bases loaded in the ninth to preserve the shutout.
Boomers right-hander Robby Donovan (7-4, 3.55) starts the second game of the series today against Rascals righty Justin Sarratt (0-1, 5.68) at 7:05 p.m.