The Schaumburg Boomers had the tying run on base or at the plate in five consecutive innings but could not rally past the Southern Illinois Miners in a 6-5 defeat at home Wednesday night.
Southern Illinois jumped out to a 4-0 lead, chasing starter Michael Wood from the game in the third after scoring two runs in the second and again in the third. The Boomers bounced Southern Illinois starter Corey Sessions in the fifth. Sean Godfrey drew a two-out walk and scored on a Nick Oddo double off the wall. Jack Parenty singled home Oddo later in the frame as the Boomers stranded two.
Zack Weigel tripled in the sixth and scored on a wild pitch to bring Schaumburg within 4-3. Southern Illinois responded with two in the bottom of the sixth, fluffing the edge. Kyle Ruchim tripled home Parenty in the seventh and scored on a Josh Gardiner sacrifice fly. Schaumburg loaded the bases with no outs in the eighth but came away empty and struck out three times in the ninth against closer John Werner.
Both teams finished with nine hits in the contest. Schaumburg had not tripled since July 2, but mustered two in the loss. Ruchim, Opie Brodbeck and Oddo all finished with a pair of hits. Wood suffered the loss, working just 2.2 innings. Joe Hauser twirled 4.1 innings of relief in his Schaumburg debut.
The Boomers (41-20), who continue to lead the East Division with the best record in the league, conclude the series with the rubber game on Thursday night at 7:05 p.m. All-Star LHP Lars Liguori (5-2, 3.68) makes the start for Schaumburg against RHP Zach Cooper (2-8, 6.02).