(PRESS RELEASE)- The Wisconsin Woodchucks (7-2, 25-19) won their seventh game in a row Saturday night as they defeated the Green Bay Bullfrogs (3-5, 21-21) at Joannes Stadium 5-4. The Woodchucks led for most of the ballgame and ultimately were able to hold off the Bullfrogs offense to secure the win.
It was the Bullfrogs who scored first when starter Jordan Luvisi (0-3) allowed three straight hits in the third inning to give the Bullfrogs a 2-0 lead. Luvisi did not return following the third inning and finished with 3 innings pitched, allowing two runs on three hits while striking out one.
The ‘Chucks rallied right back in the top of the fourth with 4 hits and 2 walks to score 5 times and chase starter Mike Thomas (2-1). Brad Schreiber (0-4) finished the fourth inning after being charged with the fifth run. The big blow in the inning came with Schreiber on the mound when Kevin Pillar drilled the first pitch to left center field for a 2 RBI double that capped off the Woodchucks rally and gave them a 5-2 lead. Pillar finished 3-5 with the two RBI and his 18th stolen base.
The Woodchucks would not score again in the game, but their pitching was able to do enough to secure the win. Jerad Eickhoff (2-2) started the fourth inning and was able to guide the Woodchucks through the middle innings, holding onto the lead with 2 runs allowed in 4+ innings of work with 4 strikeouts. Eickhoff's gutsy effort was rewarded with his second win of the season as he left with a 5-4 lead.
Anthony Drobnick (1-2) came in with a runner on in the eighth to attempt a 6 out save and quickly ended the inning. In the ninth, Drobnick hit a pair of batters in the bottom of the ninth, which put the tying run in scoring position with one out and the winning run aboard, but Drobnick jammed and popped up Brad Zapenas and Tom Barry on 3-2 counts to end the game and earn his fourth save.
The Woodchucks go for eight in a row Sunday night as they finish the 3-game set with the Bullfrogs at Athletic Park before the all-star break begins Monday. First pitch is at 5:05 and is the Woodchucks Game of the Week on Fox Sports 1390 WRIG and sister stations WSAU 550 AM and 99.9 FM.
Courtesy: Wisconsin Woodchucks