Normal CornBelters Win Streak Ends With 12-inning Loss
Normal CornBelters @ Schaumburg Boomers
Tue May 28, 2013
The Normal CornBelters, presented by Illinois Corn Farmers, ended a three-game winning streak with a 6-4 loss in 12 innings to the Schaumburg Boomers on Tuesday night at Boomers Stadium.
The Belters began the scoring on just the second hitter of the game as Pat McKenna hit his third home run of the season to straightaway center field.
Normal added a run in the third inning to lead 2-0 on a base hit up the middle by Steven Felix, which scored Keoni Manago from second base.
Schaumburg got on the board in the fourth inning after Steve McQuail doubled with one out and scored on a two-out single by Alexi Colon to cut their deficit to 2-1. Bobby Martin laced a two-out single to right that scored two more Boomers runs to give the hosts a 3-2 lead after four innings.
The CornBelters regained the lead in the fifth when Mike Schwartz homered to the same spot in center as McKenna's shot with one out followed by a two-out RBI single by David Medina to give the visitors a 4-3 lead. The Boomers failed to score in their half of the fifth, and umpires immediately halted play due to rain for one hour and 39 minutes.
The Boomers tied the game in the eighth when a lead-off walk drawn by Frank Pfister scored on a two-out double to the left field corner by Brian McConkey.
The CornBelters mounted two-out rallies but left the bases loaded in the tenth and eleventh innings. The Boomers ended the nearly four-hour contest when Steve McQuail drove a two-run homer to the left field picnic deck.
Chris Phelan (1-0) earned the win as Mitch Mormann (1-1) took the loss.
The CornBelters play the middle game of the brief road trip with an 11 a.m. first pitch on Wednesday at Schaumburg.
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