Wausau, WI - July 5th, 2010 (PRESS RELEASE) - The Wisconsin Woodchucks (17-15) dropped an 11-inning thriller with the Green Bay Bullfrogs (17-14) tonight at Athletic Park in Wausau. Matthew Kimball (1-0) would pick up the win, while Anthony Drobnick (1-2) would take the loss.
The Bullfrogs would strike first, as Joel Hutter would lead off with a walk before Joe Betcher would hammer a double to left field to put both into scoring position. Rob Coe would follow with a sacrifice fly, advancing Betcher and scoring Hutter. Collin Kuhn would later double home Betcher to make the score 2-0.
Starter Brock Stassi would last only five innings, giving up three hits, two walks, and two runs. Jerad Eickhoff would come on in relief in the 6th, only to give up a monster home run to center, courtesy Bullfrogs first basemen Troy Scott.
The Woodchucks would come into the bottom of the 6th frame trailing 3-0, until Chris Amezquita, Travis Whitmore, and Rob Lind would find their way on base for Sharif Othman to smack a grand slam off the right field scoreboard. Jerad Eickhoff would however give back two runs in the top of the 7th to keep things interesting.
After Anthony Drobnick would relinquish one more run in the top of the 8th, the score would be 6-4 heading into the bottom of the frame. A clutch Woodchucks rally would ensue, and two runs would come around to score, and tie things 6-6, courtesy of Grant Dozar's two RBI single.
Anthony Drobnick would go on to pitch scoreless 9th and 10th innings, striking out the side in the 10th. After the Woodchucks' bats drew blanks in the 9th and 10th frames, the wheels would come off the Woodchucks' bus in the 11th, as 6 runs would come across to score on Anthony Drobnick and Andrew Klausmeier.
Tonight's loss extends the ‘Chucks losing streak to 4, and all but shuts the door on any hope of a first half playoff berth. The ‘Chucks will look for revenge tomorrow night in Green Bay, before coming back to town Wednesday and Thursday to close out the first half against Waterloo.
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