The Schaumburg Boomers were edged by the host Joliet Slammers 3-1 on Sunday in the finale of a three-game set.
Schaumburg opened the scoring with a single run in the first inning, scoring first for the fifth time in six contests on the road trip.
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Craig Hertler drew a leadoff walk from Joliet starter Corey Kimes and came around to score on a bases-loaded sacrifice fly from Chad Mozingo.
Joliet evened the game in the second and took a 3-1 lead with 2 runs in the fifth against Schaumburg starter Cody Griebling (4-4). Griebling worked 5 innings and allowed 3 runs to suffer the loss.
The Boomers had plenty of chances, placing runners on base in eight of the nine innings. Schaumburg totaled 10 hits and loaded the bases in the top of the ninth against Joliet closer Justin Erasmus but came up empty.
Four players posted 2 hits for Schaumburg, including newcomer Ryan Brockett, signed before the game.
Schaumburg opens a six-game homestand Tuesday night against the Southern Illinois Miners. First pitch at Boomers Stadium is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Right-hander Matt Kuna (3-0, 1.19) is scheduled to start for Schaumburg opposite righty Preston Vancil (4-1, 1.88).