Boomers fall in 11 to snap six-game winning streak
The Rockford Aviators needed 11 innings to earn a 7-4 win over Schaumburg on Saturday night in front of 5,313 that saw the Boomers' six-game winning streak end at Boomers Stadium.
The Boomers (38-29) grabbed a 2-0 lead with runs in the second and third. Jordan Dean singled home Bobby Martin in the second and Steve McQuail blasted his 14th homer of the season in the third.
The Aviators couldn't touch starter Cody Griebling early. He retired the first 11 batters he faced and took a no-hitter into the sixth inning. Kenny Bryant hit a 3-run homer off Griebling in the seventh to briefly put the Aviators ahead. Gerard Hall answered in the eighth with a 2-run homer as the Boomers retook the lead.
The Aviators tied the game in the ninth on a double from Aritz Garcia and took advantage of 3 walks in the top of the 11th to score 3 runs. Preston Hatcher suffered the loss.
McQuail and Martin each had a pair of hits.
The series continues today at 1 p.m. Right-hander Seth Webster (1-1, 2.84 ERA) will start for the Boomers against righty Nick Anderson (4-5, 7.47).
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