The Schaumburg Boomers lost an extra-inning contest for the first time this season, falling 3-1 in 12 innings to the visiting Lake Erie Crushers in the opener of a series Friday night before 4,636 at Boomers Stadium.
Starter Chris Phelan continued to establish himself as one of the top pitchers in the league, allowing 1 run in 8 innings. Phelan struck out a career-best six and allowed 4 hits while lowering his earned run average to 1.89.
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The Boomers (19-13) took a 1-0 lead with an unearned run in the bottom of the sixth when Gerard Hall (3 hits) doubled and eventually scored on a dropped flyball.
The Crushers tied the game in the eighth and scored twice in the 12th including Andrew Davis' lead-off home run against Devon Pearson.
The Boomers and Crushers continue the series today at 6 p.m. as right-hander Mike Giovenco (2-3, 4.66) starts for Schaumburg.