Wausau, WI - The Woodchucks took game one of a three game series Wednesday night at Athletic Park by means of a 3-2 walk-off error. The ‘Chucks improve to 20-10, while the Bucks fall to 10-20.
Following a scoreless three innings by starter Nick Capito (5-0), the Woodchucks struck first in the bottom of the third inning. Brian Sharp led off the inning with a single, advanced to second with a Robbie De La Cruz groundout, and was driven in by an RBI double from Kevin Pillar.
The Bucks responded in the fourth, when Jeremy Lucas hit a scorching one out double. Andrew Ewing followed with an RBI double to make the score 1-1.
Travis Whitmore answered back right away in the bottom of the frame, walking and stealing second base, before being sent home on an RBI Brock Stassi single to make the score 2-1 Wisconsin.
Capito battled through the fifth inning, but just didn't appear to have vintage Capitoian control on the night. After retiring Brandon Williams to leadoff the sixth inning, Captio allowed a moonshot homer to deep left field courtesy of Waterloo catcher Nick Anderson. After allowing the next runner to reach, Capito called it a day; finishing with 5.1 innings pitched, 7 hits, 2 runs allowed, 1 walk, and 4 strikeouts. Jason Martyn relieved Capito, and delivered three strong innings of scoreless no-hit baseball.
The game was deadlocked at 2-2, as reliever Martyn and Waterloo starter Jarod Wagoner dominated their opposition. Wagoner made it all the way to the eighth inning, allowing 6 hits and 2 runs, while issuing 2 walks and 8 strikeouts.
Martyn retired Landon Anderson to leadoff the top of the 9th inning, however a subsequent walk forced Guido's hand to call in a reliever. Anthony Drobnick came on with one down and one on in the 9th, and would get a couple of crucial popouts after walking Pat Stover. After being unable to muster any offense in the bottom of the 9th, the game went to extra innings still deadlocked 2-2.
Drobnick retired leadoff hitter Nick Anderson, but walked Jeremy Lucas to again prompt Guido to make a pitching change. Mitchell Beacom was his choice, and Mitchell would retire the next two batters to set the stage for the bottom of the 10th inning walk-off.
Brian Sharp led off the inning by muscling a single into left field, and advanced to second on Chris Amezquita's sacrifice bunt. Robbie De La Cruz would follow to hit a 1-2 grounder softly at second baseman Eric Swain, who was unable to handle the routine grounder and kicked the ball away from himself. Since Sharp was already on his way to third, he never looked back and bolted all the way home, notching the ‘Chucks game number one of this six game season-ending homestand.
Courtesy: Wisconsin Woodchucks