WAUSAU (WAOW) - For the third consecutive night, an improbable late inning rally propelled the ‘Chucks to a three game sweep of the Waterloo Bucks and win their eighth consecutive game. Following the win, the ‘Chucks are firmly in the South Division drivers' seat and require only two more victories to officially clinch a playoff berth.
The ‘Chucks now sit at 40-27, one game away from tying the franchise record for wins, with three games remaining on the docket. One more Woodchucks win or Green Bay loss would knock the Bullfrogs out of the race. The Mallards and Loggers game was delayed tied 1-1 in the bottom of the first, with no word regarding if/when the game will be completed or made up.
In a game that was constantly threatened by rain, the ‘Chucks struck first in the bottom of the second, but stranded the bases loaded. Jamie Bruno led off the inning with a single, and Brian Sharp followed with a HBP. One out later, Robbie De La Cruz hit an RBI single to score Bruno and make the score 1-0.
Woodchucks starter Jordan Luvisi had a nice outing, going four strong innings without allowing a run and facing only two batters over the minimum. However going into the fifth inning, Luvisi would run into trouble and allow four of his first five batters to hit a single. Eric Fritz would come on to relieve Luvisi, but allow three more runs to score before ending the inning 4-1.
After leading off the bottom of the fifth with a strikeout but advancing to first on the past ball, Pat Terry would be scored by a subsequent Brock Stassi double to make the score 4-2.
After the victorious Eric Fritz bled another run in the top of the seventh inning, the ‘Chucks trailed the Bucks 5-2. Pat Terry, Brock Stassi, and Jamie Bruno led off the inning with back-to-back-to-back singles to load the bases for Mr. Clutch, Brian Sharp. After scoring the walk-off run in both Wednesday and Thursday's games, Sharp hit the first pitch to deep right-center field to clear the bases and tie the game 5-5. Chris Amezquita and Kevin pillar would keep the rally going and produce two more runs, making the score 7-5 and setting the stage for another ‘Chucks victory.
Eric Fritz would start the eighth and allow two baserunners, prompting an appearance by Jayson McClaren. McClaren would get two quick outs, but allow leadoff runner Jake Astor to score. Mitchell Beacom would come on with two down in the eight, going for the four out save, and would deliver- facing five batters and allowing only one runner to reach in the ninth via a HBP.
Third place La Crosse rolls into town to tomorrow to close out the regular season with a three game series at Athletic Park. In all likelihood, the series will determine who the second representative is in the South Division Championship.
Courtesy: Woodchucks Press Release