The Schaumburg Boomers set a franchise record with their ninth straight win, rolling past the Windy City ThunderBolts 18-2 in Crestwood on Friday night.
The streaking Boomers (57-34), who are tied with River City atop the Frontier League's West Division, have collected 10 or more hits in seven of their last eight games, and their winning streak matches the longest of the season in the Frontier League. A night after clinching their second straight playoff berth, the Boomers wasted no time, scoring 6 runs in the first inning with two outs.
Ty Nelson drilled his second homer of the season, a grand slam -- the Boomers fifth grand slam this season. Michael Valadez added a 2-run homer in the inning, and Tony Delmonico hit a 2-run homer in the sixth as the Boomers scored in each of the last five innings to equal a team record for runs in a game they have reached four times this year. The Boomers drew a franchise record 14 walks, 6 by Joe De Pinto that set a team and Frontier League record. Starter and winner Eddie Cody (7-1) worked 6⅔ innings with 4 strikeouts.
The series continues today at 6:05 p.m. when Justin Erasmus (2-0, 3.68 ERA) is scheduled to make his first start for the Boomers against Brian Oliver (0-1, 7.50).