WAUSAU (Press Release) - The Wisconsin Woodchucks dropped their third consecutive home game on Monday, falling 3—1 to the Madison Mallards— dropping their season tally to 1—5.
The Mallards, conversely, continued their hot start, improving to 5—1 in the early going.
Madison righty Joel Effertz took the win with a dominating performance, with Zach White notching the save, and Jerad Harvey recording the loss, falling to 0—2.
Effertz was nearly unhittable in his first appearance for the Mallards, as he allowed only four singles — two of which were his final two hitters faced — one walk, and no runs, while striking out nine. Other than two consecutive singles allowed with two down in the bottom of the seventh, Effertz only allowed two base runners to reach second base — and both of those runners advanced on Madison fielding errors.
The ‘Chucks would squander scoring opportunities in the third, fifth, and seventh innings, as they stranded runners in scoring position with two swinging strikeouts, and an inning-ending double play.
Carlos Escobar Jr., who continues to impress with his defensive prowess and advanced bat, was the only Woodchuck to record multiple hits, while Derek Peterson shook off an early-season slump with a timely seventh-inning single, and a clutch ninth-inning walk.
Jerad Harvey started slow out of the gate, allowing a one-out single to Justin Scalon in the first inning, before allowing a two-out RBI double to Jumpy Garcia to start the game 1—0, Mallards.
Into the second inning, Harvey would allow a leadoff double to Jordan Owen, before allowing Mike Hollenbeck to crush a two-run homer to deep centerfield.
Harvey then settled in, facing the minimum over the next three innings, and stranding the bases loaded in the sixth. The damage, however, had already been done, as an anemic Woodchucks offense would only be able to muster one ninth inning run.
Garrett Yrigoyen, Monday's shortstop, started the small rally with a one-out infield single, before Carlos Escobar followed with his own single. In Dylan Peterson's ensuing at-bat, the runners advanced on a passed ball, before the forthcoming throw from home was missed by the Bullfrogs' second baseman, scoring Yrigoyen.
After Dylan Peterson ended his at-bat with a called strikeout, Derek Peterson would walk, before Dimitri De La Fuente ended the game with his third swinging strikeout of the night.
While the ‘Chucks gloves did improve over Saturday and Sunday's four-error ballgames, many plays were still missed in the field, as several starters continue to play out of position in the early going.
Madison's pitchers combined to throw 14 strikeouts — 10 of the swinging variety — while allowing only six hits and two walks.
The ‘Chucks ended the home stand with three straight losses, as they head to Madison for two games, before journeying to Battle Creek for two more. The ‘Chucks will return home next Saturday for a three-game series with the La Crosse Loggers, starting a six-game home stand.
Derek Howell will take the start for the ‘Chucks in game two against the Mallards, against tough Madison southpaw Rusty Shellhorn.
Courtesy: Woodchucks Press Release