NORMAL -- The Schaumburg Booomers pulled within a half game of first place in the Frontier League's West Division with a doubleheader sweep of the Normal CornBelters on Thursday. Both games were seven innings.
The Boomers (42-29) have won four straight, 10 of their last 11 and own a seven-game road winning streak -- tied for the longest in the league this season.
The Boomers took the opener 4-2, scoring 3 runs in the first. Brian McConkey's homer in the sixth provided insurance as Mike Giovenco (8-4) won his fifth consecutive decision with 51⁄3 innings of work.
In the Boomers' 6-0 win in the nightcap, Chris Phelan fired the first complete-game shutout in franchise history, allowing 5 hits with 5 strikeouts. Gerard Hall hit the first inside-the-park homer in team history in the top of the fifth, a 2-run shot.
The Boomers will aim for the road sweep today at 7 p.m. when they send right-hander Cody Griebling (5-5, 4.95 ERA) against righty Michael Schweiss (3-2, 3.71).