Wausau, WI - July 7th, 2010 (PRESS RELEASE) - The Wisconsin Woodchucks' monstrous skid was lengthened to six straight losses tonight following a 4-1 loss at home to the Waterloo Bucks. The Woodchucks fell back to .500 at 17-17 following the loss, while the Waterloo Bucks advanced to 19-15.
Missed opportunities were the story of the night for the ‘Chucks offense, as they would leave 11 runners on base throughout the night. Beginning in the first inning Kevin Pillar, Travis Whitmore, and Chris Amezquita would reach base in order to load the bases with no outs. However two fielder's choices and a strikeout would end the threat with no Woodchucks scoring.
Starter Jordan Luvisi's (0-3) struggles would continue, as he would allow three singles to load the bases in the top of the second inning. A fielders choice, single, and walk would go on to score three more runners and set the score at 3-0 Bucks.
The ‘Chucks would get the bases loaded again with only one out in the 5th, but were unable to produce a run. A two-out rally in the 6th inning would lead a bases loaded RBI walk for Robbie De La Cruz, to produce the only ‘Chucks run on the night. A questionable call was made to end the sixth inning, as a Texas League blooper hit by Eric Fritz dropped in front of Bucks' centerfielder Willie Argo but was ruled a catch, costing the ‘Chucks at least two runs.
Following the sixth inning, torrential rains would hit the area and drench the field, prompting an hour long delay. The final three innings would go quickly for both sides, with the exception of Don Lisi giving up a one out run in the 9th inning to make the final score 4-1. Luke Putz would come on to close the game and strike out the side in the 9th for his 7th save on the season.
The ‘Chucks and Bucks will be back at it tomorrow night at Athletic Park, where Whiplash the Cowboy Monkey will be in attendance to close out the first half of South Division play.
Courtesy: Wisconsin Woodchucks