by Bryon Graff
ROCHESTER, MN (WAOW) - The Woodchucks took the first lead in both ends of a doubleheader but lose each to the Honkers, 10-3 and 8-6.
Online Reporter: Bryon Graff
Press Release Courtesy of Wisconsin Woodchucks
Micah Schroeder, Director of Media Relations
Rochester Sweeps Wisconsin in Doubleheader
WAUSAU, WI - June 23rd, 2009 - The Rochester Honkers double-dipped the Wisconsin Woodchucks Tuesday afternoon by the final scores of 10-3 and 8-6 at Mayo Field.
In game one, the ‘Chucks took the early lead 2-0 after a two-run home run by Chad Wright (Kentucky), his first of the season. Woodchucks starter Kyle Gumieny (Southeast Missouri State) was solid through the first four, but the wheels fell off in the fifth as the Honkers put up seven runs, highlighted by a three-run home run from Corey Jones.
The ‘Chucks responded with one run in the sixth, but the Honkers responded right back with three more runs in the sixth as they went on to win by the 10-3 margin.
Gumieney took the loss for the Woodchucks after allowing four runs on eight hits in 4.1 innings. Dan Gardo was touched up in the final 1.2 innings, allowing six runs (four earned) on eight hits.
Phil Haig was the game one winner, going five innings and allowing just two runs while Scott McGough finished up the final two innings.
Wright finished 3-for-4 for the ‘Chucks offensively with a pair of RBIs to lead the ‘Chucks in the loss. Chris Auten went 3-for-4 with three RBIs while Jones finished 2-for-4 with and two home runs and five RBIs in the victory.
Game two also started on a good note for the Woodchucks, as they put up two runs on Honkers ace Zach Robertson in the bottom of the first. But the Honkers responded with a pair of runs in the third after taken advantage of a ‘Chucks error.
The Woodchucks came right back in the bottom of the third as they strung together five hits and pushed across four runs as they grabbed the 6-2 lead. The Honkers answered with a run in the fourth, but neither team would score again until the seventh.
In the seventh inning, the ‘Chucks had the Honkers in a big hole with two outs and no one on base facing the three run deficit. Anthony Drobnick (Washington State) hit Jones, and then gave up a double to Rance Roundy. The first pitch of the next at-bat, PJ Sequeira crushed a fastball over the left-center field wall to tie things up at three a piece.
The game went into extra innings, with neither team able to push across a run in the eighth or ninth innings. Finally, in the top of the tenth the Honkers broke though off of reliever Jeremy Brewer (Central Arkansas). Chris Auten and Danny Brock hit back-to-back home runs to give the Honkers an 8-6 advantage which they held on to for the victory.
Brewer took the loss in game two, as the ‘Chucks sent three pitchers to the hill in relief of starter Gabe Sandersius who gave up three runs (two earned) on six hits in 3.2 innings. Arik Sakula picked up the win after throwing four shutout innings with three strikeouts to close things out.
The Woodchucks were led by Casey Rihn (South Carolina, who went 3-for-5 and Ben Long (UW-Milwaukee) who went 2-for-5 with two RBIs. The Honkers got a 3-for-5 game from Roundy along with the game-high four RBIs from Sequeira.
The Woodchucks will take on the Honkers again tomorrow at 7:05 pm before heading back to Athletic Park for a five game homestand starting Thursday.
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