SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – The Wild Things’ season can be best summed up by one statistic – their record in one-run games.
Washington has 12 one-run losses, which is tied for the most in the Frontier League. The Wild Things also have won only three games by one run, which is the fewest in the league.
The latest round of one-run misery came Sunday. Nick Oddo hit a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning and Brock Carpenter followed with run-scoring double, lifting the Schaumburg Boomers to a 2-1 victory over the Wild Things.
Schaumburg won two games in the three-game series to start the second half of the season. The Boomers also took two of three from Washington leading into last week’s all-star break.
Washington outhit Schaumburg 10-7 but all of the Wild Things’ hits were singles. Washington left 10 runners on base, had another runner caught stealing and could generate only one run, that coming in the seventh inning when a Ryan Cox single scored Brett Marr with no outs. Later in that inning, Washington had runners on second and third with only one out but couldn’t score the tying run.
The Wild Things’ Michael Austin (4-6) was a hard-luck losing pitcher. He gave up two runs and seven hits over six innings.
Schaumburg’s Gunner Kines (4-3) also pitched six innings. Connor Eller, the Boomers’ third pitcher, got the final three outs for his 11th save.