Wausau, WI - July 31, 2010 (PRESS RELEASE) - The Wisconsin Woodchucks (13-7) continued their home field dominance of the Battle Creek Bombers (2-16) tonight at Athletic Park, winning the game 7-2. Nick Capito got the win, advancing to 5-0, while Nate Blankemeyer took the loss and fell to 1-4.
The ‘Chucks would take the lead early in the first, and steal a run from the Bombers. Kevin Pillar led off the game being hit by a pitch on an 0-2 count, before he would advance to second on a passed ball on the very next pitch. Rob Lind hit the next pitch to the shortstop, and Pillar immediately broke for third. The shortstop Eric Shultz would throw to third, only for the ball to roll past 3B Travis Brown and allow Pillar to score on the error.
Jamie Bruno would smack a solo homer to lead off the second inning, as the ‘Chucks would continue to assert their Athletic Park dominance over the Bombers and go on to score four runs in the inning. Sharif Othman would follow Bruno, and be hit on the elbow on the 2-1 pitch. Robbie De La Cruz, Eric Fritz, and Kevin Pillar would hit consecutive singles to load the bases and score Othman. Rob Lind would ground into a double play in the ensuing at-bat, however De La Cruz would score on the play. Following a Travis Whitmore single, the ‘Chucks would head into the third with the score 5-0.
After Brock Stassi would double and score in the third, Woodchucks' starter Nick Capito would pitch beautifully through the first four innings. The Bombers would finally get a run off the veteran Santa Barbara Gaucho, as a two out single by Eric Shultz would score Shane Street and make the score 6-1.
Capito would continue his extremely impressive season and win his fifth game in six tries. Capito went a workmanlike seven strong innings, allowing eight hits, issuing no walks, allowing only one run, and striking out four.
A ‘Chucks offense that totaled 12 hits, 5 walks, and 24 baserunners tacked on another run in the sixth, but would leave 15 runners on base throughout the course of the night.
Mitchell Beacom and Anthony Drobnick would each get an inning of work to end the night, and following an earned run to Drobnick with two out in the ninth, the ‘Chucks would end the game 7-2 and remain in second place in the South Division.
Jordan Luvisi will look to complete the current and season home series sweep on Sunday, as he takes on Anthony Sambula in a 5:05 matinee at Athletic Park.
Courtesy: Wisconsin Woodchucks