Wausau, WI - August 14, 2010 (PRESS RELEASE) - After defeating and eliminating the La Crosse Loggers in dominating fashion Saturday night at Athletic Park, the ‘Chucks have a magic number of 1 Woodchucks win or (assuming Madison holds onto a 11-0 lead in Green Bay) Madison Mallards loss to clinch the second playoff seed in the South Division. Newcomer Jason Martyn took his victory on the season, improving the ‘Chucks to 23-10 (41-27 overall), and sending the Loggers to 21-13 (38-30 overall).
Not only would one more ‘Chucks victory send the ‘Chucks to postseason play, but would set a new franchise record for wins in a season.
La Crosse struck first in the top of the first inning, as ‘Chucks starter Jason Martyn struggled with his control out of the gate. After getting leadoff hitter Brett Rettenmeier to flyout, Mike Marjama reached on a walk and advanced to second on the following single by Chris O'Dowd. With one down, consecutive singles by Matt Flemer would score two runs and make the score 2-0.
Starter Jason Martyn would recover from a subpar first and regain his composure going five strong innings, allowing six hits, two walks, two strikeouts, and picking up his first win.
Martyn would get all the run support he needed, as the ‘Chucks would strike back with one run in the first, four runs in the second, another run in the third, and hang a five spot in the fourth. Rob Lind was the ‘Chucks offensive player of the night; going five for five, scoring thrice, and knocking in one run. Every Woodchucks starter and defensive replacement Sharif Othman tallied an RBI or a run scored, as the ‘Chucks went on to mash 13 runs off of 21 hits.
Jon Moscot would replace Martyn in the sixth, and shut the door on the Mallards. Moscot would allow a sandwiched set of doubles to score a run in the seventh, but sail through three innings and not allow another hit or baserunner, while striking out four. Jared Eickhoff would get an inning of work in the ninth inning to close the game with a ten run lead.
They'll do it again tomorrow afternoon at 5:05, as Cory Hall takes on Jordan Haver to potentially send the ‘Chucks to the postseason.
Courtesy: Wisconsin Woodchucks