Washington scored two runs in the third inning for the second consecutive game to jump ahead against Schaumburg starter Connor Reed. Clint Hardy tied the game with a two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth with two outs. Washington loaded the bases with no outs in three consecutive frames but could not score until the third opportunity, plating three runs in the sixth and adding another in the seventh to open a 6-2 edge. Nick Oddo homered in the bottom of the seventh to draw the Boomers within 6-3. Schaumburg was able to load the bases in the ninth with no outs, but managed just one run against Washington closer Zach Strecker, leaving the tying runs on base.
Washington pounded out 16 hits in the game but left 12 on base. Reed worked four innings, allowing two runs in a no-decision. Erik Martinez suffered the loss in relief as a stretch of 14.2 innings without allowing a run came to an end for the bullpen. Connor Oliver, Wilkyns Jimenez and Oddo all posted two hits at the bottom of the lineup for the Boomers, who finished with eight.
The Boomers (2-3) have another matinee in store for the rubber game on Thursday with a 12:00 p.m. start on a The Office themed Business Day Game to close the first home series of the year. LHP Gunnar Kines (1-0, 0.00) will make his second start of the year opposite LHP Jon Havird (0-0, 3.00). Visit www.boomersbaseball.com for tickets or call 847-461-3695.