WATERLOO (PRESS RELEASE)- The Wisconsin Woodchucks (10-7) played a doubleheader Saturday night with the Waterloo Bucks (9-8), and the Woodchucks swept the two games with 6-5 and 3-0 wins. The two wins catapulted the Woodchucks into sole possession of second place in the South Division and left them just one half game behind the division lead.
In the first of the two seven inning games, Chris Licon brought his division leading ERA into the game for the Woodchucks. Licon cruised through three inning before giving up 3 consecutive extra base hits in the fourth inning, including a home run by Ryan Rieger, scoring four runs. The Bucks added another run in the fifth off reliever Andrew Klausmeier to stretch their lead to 5-0.
With only two innings left, the Woodchucks chipped away with one run in the sixth, but left two more runners aboard and headed to the seventh inning trailing by 4. The first four Woodchucks reached based, and with two outs, Pat Terry bounced a double down the third base line off Bucks closer Luke Putz, scoring Travis Whitmore to tie the game at 5-5. Whitmore finished with an RBI and two runs scored without collecting a basehit, drawing 3 walks and being hit by a pitch.
Anthony Drobnick entered the game and pitched three scoreless innings for the Woodchucks, earning the win when the Woodchucks scored the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth. Rob Lind's bases loaded walk scored Travis Whitmore to give the ‘Chucks their first lead at 6-5, before Anthony Drobnick pitched around an infield single in the bottom of the ninth. Drobnick finished with 3 IP and 2 strikeouts, while allowing one hit.
In the second game, the Woodchucks jumped to the early lead when Rob Lind scored on Robbie de la Cruz's RBI basehit in the second inning. Starter Jerad Eickhoff got into a bases-loaded jam with two outs in the second inning when manager Guido Aspeitia brough in Jayson McClaren from the bullpen to finish the inning. The Woodchucks added two more runs throughout the game, but McClaren wouldn't need them as he finished the 7-inning game to complete the shutout for a 3-0 win. It was another dominant performance by McClaren, who struck out 5 in his 5.1 innings while earning his third win.
The Woodchucks will go for the three-game road sweep tomorrow as the ‘Chucks and Bucks play at 3:05 at Riverfront Stadium. The Woodchucks will send starter Cory Hall against Buck starter Jared Wagoner.