Wausau, WI June 13, 2010 (PRESS RELEASE)- The offense arrived early, and just often enough in a 7-5 Rafters victory over the Wisconsin Woodchucks Sunday.
Matt Johnson hit the first home run in Rafters history, a two out blast in the sixth inning that turned out to be the difference. "I thought I got a good piece of it, I was hoping it would be enough to get out," Johnson said. With the home run, Johnson tallied a two hit, three RBI night to lead the Rafters offensively.
The Rafters broke out for five runs over the first two innings to take a 5-0 lead. Johnson and Dan Olinger both hit sacrifice flies in the second inning, while Ken Gregory lashed a two out single to drive home two, capping a four run inning.
Starter Chris Green lasted just three innings but allowed just a single run. Steve Godawa, the winning pitcher on the night, threw two scoreless before four straight hits to start the sixth chased him from the game. Brad Douthit and Dan Johnson combined to nail down the final 12 outs.
"It didn't really get tense for us," Manager Scott Laverty said after the game. "They scored a few runs, then we'd shut them down the next inning. It helped us keep the momentum."
The momentum aided win lifts the Rafters to 3-7 on the season and dropped the Woodchucks to 6-5. After an off day Monday the Rafters travel to Green Bay for a double header Tuesday. First pitch of game one is set for 6:05 p.m. Both contests will be seven scheduled innings.
Courtesy: WI Rapids Rafters