Boomers swipe series finale from Grizzlies

Special to the News-DemocratJuly 27, 2013 

The Schaumburg Boomers scored two runs in the eighth inning to come-from-behind and avoid a series sweep in a 6-5 win against the Gateway Grizzlies Saturday night at Boomers Stadium in Schaumburg.

Schaumburg (33-28) second baseman Jordan Dean knocked in two runs with a single, erasing a 5-4 Grizzlies lead and help the Boomers snap a five-game losing streak.

Gateway (37-23) scored a run in the first and two runs in the second to jump out to a 3-0 lead in the series finale.

Landon Hernandez and Nick DeLorenzo collected RBI singles while Jonathan Johnson brought in a run with a double.

Schaumburg scored single runs in the second and fourth innings to pull within a run.

Gateway scored two unearned runs in its half of the fifth inning, extending its lead to three runs. A Schaumburg error led to a run and Jet Butler brought in a run on a sacrifice fly for his fourth RBI of the series and 40th of the season.

Alexi Colon drilled an RBI single in the fifth inning to bring Schaumburg within a run, before it rallied in the eighth.

Grizzlies starting pitcher Ja'Vaun West allowed three earned runs on eight hits in 5 1/3 innings. West walked four batters and picked up a no decision.

Reliever Brett Higginbotham (1-3) took the loss, allowing two runs in an inning of work.

Johnson, Chris McClendon and Vladimir Frias all collected two hits for the Grizzlies.

The Grizzlies return to GCS Ballpark on Sunday night to start a three-game series with the Frontier Greys. Right-hander Matt Sergey will start game one for the Grizzlies. First pitch is set for 6:05.

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