The Schaumburg Boomers found themselves in an early hole, trailing 5-0 before even coming to bat Thursday and they fell to the Southern Illinois Miners 9-1 in the last regular-season home game of the season.
Heading into the last series of season, the Boomers sit a game out of the final playoff spot looking up at Florence and Southern Illinois in the wild-card race and 2 games behind the Gateway Grizzlies in the West Division.
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Rivers Bandits 2, Cougars 1:
While only managing 2 hits, the Kane County Cougars kept the Quad Cities River Bandits even all the way until the 12th inning when host Quad Cities pulled off a victory at Modern Woodmen Park.
The Boomers head to Pennsylvania to take on the Washington Wild Things for three games.
The Miners (54-38) dealt a blow to the Boomers (53-40) playoff hopes after racing out to an early lead and rallying behind starter Daniel Calhoun. The Minersrighty improved to 7-4 on the season with a miniscule 2.52 ERA as he held the Boomers to six hits with five strikeouts over his seven innings of work. Jake Kaase paced the Miners attack with a 4-5 performance including his 12thhomer of the season in the second.
Despite a total of nine hits off the Miners pitching staff, the only run for the Boomers crossed the plate when Steve McQuail doubled home Chad Mozingo in the fourth. Mozingo and Nate Baumann each contributed a pair of hits for Schaumburg in a losing effort. Alex Rivers took the loss for the Boomers to fall to 4-4 on the season after allowing six earned runs on ten hits in seven innings. To the Schaumburg starter's credit, Rivers kept the Miners off the board over his final five innings but the Boomers were unable to chip away against Calhoun.