Game three of the Frontier League championship series looked promising early for the River City Rascals. By the time the night was done, the Rascals were left knowing that their backs were against the wall with their championship hopes hanging by a thread.
The Schaumburg Boomers hammered River City 11-2 Tuesday night at Boomers Stadium in Schaumburg (Il.) to take a 2-1 lead int he best-of-five championship series.
Boomers hurler Eddie Cody tossed a complete game as Schaumburg ripped Rascals starter Tommy Mendoza and reliever Chandler Jagodzinski for 10 runs over the first five innings to give defending champions the win and put them within one win of repeating as league champs.
It was promising start for River City as the Rascals got an early lead. A run-scoring single by Joe Staley plated Eric Williams in the first inning and in the second, Jon Myers scored on a well-placed squeeze bunt by Williams to give River City a 2-0 edge.
In the bottom of the second, it all went south for Mendoza in a hurry. The Rascals righthander surrendered five runs on six hits in a rough second inning. Mendoza got touched for a run in the third and did not come back out for the fourth.
Mendoza finished the night with a not so pretty performance that saw him give up six runs on eight hits in just three innings on the bump.
Cody had his good stuff working on the mound, and after giving six hits in the first two innings, gave up just two hits the rest of the night as the Boomers played strong defense behind him. Cody struck out 10 Rascals hitters on his way to his second playoff victory.
Schaumburg touched Jagodozinski for four runs in the fifth and then Tony Delmonico homered off Ryan Brockett in the eighth for the Boomers final run. Bobby Martin and Joe De Pinto paced the Boomers with three RBI each.
River City will try to bring the series back to O’Fallon, Mo. in a must-win game four tomorrow (Sept. 17) at 6:30 p.m. Game five if necessary will be played Friday at T. R. Hughes Ballpark.