Wausau, WI - July 26, 2010 (PRESS RELEASE) - Tonight the Wisconsin Woodchucks lost to the visiting Mallards 9-5 in a hard fought battle between two contending teams. The Woodchucks dropped to 10-5, while the Mallards moved into second place at 11-5. Andrew Klausmeier took the loss for the ‘Chucks, moving to 2-2, while Dillon Napoleon advanced to 2-1.
The game was a tale of two halves, as the ‘Chucks dominated through the first five innings.
With two out in the first inning, Travis Whitmore and Pat Terry hit consecutive singles. With two out, runners on first and third, and Brock Stassi at the plate, Pat Terry broke from first to second before the pitch. During the ensuing rundown, Travis Whitmore broke home and scored before an out could be recorded.
Jamie Bruno would lead off the second inning with a home run to right centerfield, before a two out rally featuring four walks and single made the score 4-0.
Cory Hall would make another strong start, facing only two batters over the minimum through the first five innings. However after allowing a walk, a single, and a double to begin the sixth inning, Jayson McClaren would return from his injury to relieve Hall. After getting his first batter to groundout, McClaren would allow a double to score his two inherited runs. After retiring Jumpy Garcia, the ‘Chucks would head to the bottom of the sixth with the score 4-3.
After Rob Lind would score Eric Fritz in the bottom of the sixth inning, Jayson McClaren would prove he's fully recovered and dominate the seventh in very Jayson McClarenesque fashion- a weak groundout and two strikeouts swinging.
The wheels came off the proverbial Woodchucks' bus in the eighth and ninth, as Andrew Klausmeier, Anthony Drobnick, and a suspect defense would allow three runs to score in each inning. The ‘Chucks would get the tying run on deck in the bottom of the ninth, but were unable to mound the comeback, falling 9-5.
The ‘Chucks will try for revenge tomorrow, as they'll journey to Madison for the final time on the season. After a two game road trip to La Crosse, the ‘Chucks will return home for a three game series against the Bombers.
Courtesy: Wisconsin Woodchucks
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