William Salas put the Boomers in front with a solo homer in the top of the first but the Boomers stranded a runner at third and left another runner at third in the second. Andrew Penner hit a two-run homer in the third to put Gateway ahead. Alec Craig drew a two-out walk in the fourth and stole second before scoring on an error. Gateway added two more in the bottom of the inning along with a single run in the fifth to grab the win.
Kyle Arjona threw five innings and suffered the loss, striking out four. The bullpen recorded three scoreless innings between Aaron Glickstein, Tanner Shears and Darrell Thompson. The Boomers managed just six hits in the loss, two of which came from Chase Dawson.
The Boomers (15-17) continue the series on the road tomorrow night at 6:45pm with the middle contest. RHP Erik Martinez (2-2, 3.00) makes the start for the Boomers opposite RHP Carson Cupo (1-0, 5.00). The Boomers return home this weekend for a three-game series against Joliet. Tickets for the 2022 season are on sale now! Visit www.boomersbaseball.com.