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Chucks fall to Loggers 5-1; Playoff chances come down to Monday night

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Wausau, WI  -  August 15, 2010 (PRESS RELEASE)  -      It was a long night for the Wisconsin Woodchucks lumber on Sunday, as La Crosse Loggers' starting pitcher Jordan Haver pitched a complete game four-hitter in front of 2442 ‘Chucks fans.  The Woodchucks took the loss behind Cory Hall (2-4) and fell to 41-28, while Haver (4-1) notched the win and improved the Loggers to 39-30. 

The Loggers began tonight's scoring in the top of the second inning, beginning with Mick Doyle's one-out single.  Following a Seth Majeas-Brean flyout, Sam Picchiotti would reach base safely on a Brian Sharp fielding error.  With two on and two out, CF Eric Birch hit an RBI single to score Doyle and take the lead 1-0.  

The Loggers would notch another unearned run off of Hall in the third, as Chris O'Dowd advanced smashed a single to centerfield- but advanced to second base as the ball got past CF Kevin Pillar.  Following a Matt Flemer strikeout, Mike Reeves would hit an RBI single to score O'Dowd from second.  

The ‘Chucks would answer back in the bottom of the third inning and score their only run of the night.  With one out, Kevin Pillar hit a single to get on base.  On the very next two pitches to Rob Lind, Pillar would easily steal second and third base- before Rob Lind would reach base with a walk.  Travis Whitmore would follow and ground the next pitch up the middle.  Going for the double-play, the Loggers would successfully retire Lind at second, before the throw to first was errant- allowing Kevin Pillar to score from third.  

Cory Hall would go on to strand the bases loaded in the fourth, but be replaced prior to the start of the fifth.  Hall would take the loss, going four innings and allowing two unearned runs.  His replacement Ryan Iverson wouldn't find much luck.  Iverson would allow three walks between a couple of flyouts, loading the bases with two outs in the fifth inning.  After allowing two consecutive hits to score three runs, Iverson would give way to Jon Moscot- who would only need one pitch to end the inning.  Although Moscot and reliever Jerad Eickhoff would finish the game and allow only two more baserunners, the damage had already been done.  

After bleeding a run in the third, La Crosse's Haver would never look back, as he'd face the minimum the next six innings to end the game.  Two more Woodchucks would find their way aboard, but would be retired by a caught stealing and a double play.  Haver would end with a final line of 9.0 innings pitched, 4 hits allowed, 2 walks, 8 strikeouts, with only 1 run allowed.  

The only other remaining team in contention, the Madison Mallards, bested the Green Bay Bullfrogs 6-5 to stay alive in the playoff race.  Following a Wisconsin Woodchucks loss and a Madison Mallards win, the battle for the final South Division playoff spot will go down to the final day of the regular season. 

A Woodchucks win or a Mallards loss equals a Woodchucks playoff berth, and a Woodchucks win also sets a franchise record for wins in a season.  Andrew Klausmeier, who was the opening day starter, gets the final start of the regular season against Tyler Farley in game three with the Loggers at Athletic Park. 

Courtesy:  Wisconsin Woodchucks

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