The Schaumburg Boomers capitalized on a pair of strong pitching performances to sweep the Gateway Grizzlies on Wednesday in Frontier League action at Boomers Stadium. The Boomers (6-5), who have won three straight series and are over the .500 mark for the first time this season, captured both seven-inning contests, by scores of 6-1 and 2-0.
Left-hander Rey Rodriguez allowed just 2 hits in the opener, working 6 innings and allowing 1 run to earn his first professional victory. Rodriguez struck out five, including the side in the fourth. Reliever Heith Hatfield struck out the side in the seventh.
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The Boomers built an early lead, taking advantage of 8 walks and 2 hit batters. Denver Chavez was hit by a pitch in the bottom of the first with the bases loaded to open the scoring. Hitting highlights included a second-inning RBI double from Justin Vasquez and a fifth-inning RBI single by Mark Nelson.
The nightcap featured the second complete-game shutout in franchise history as Cal Bowling pitched the Boomers to a 2-0 win. Bowling struck out a season-high eight and became the first Boomers pitcher to earn 2 victories this season, scattering 3 hits. Sean Mahley drove home both runs, on an RBI groundout in the first and an RBI single in the sixth.
The series and homestand conclude Thursday night with a special 8 p.m. start for 21 and Over Night. The Boomers will send right-hander Anthony Smith (0-0, 0.00 ERA) against righty Andrew Aizenstadt (0-0, 4.50).