Wausau— Garrett Yrigoyen hit a two-out single in the bottom of the ninth to score Carlos Escobar and break a longstanding tie, propelling the Wisconsin Woodchucks to a 4—3 walk-off win over the visiting Green Bay Bullfrogs.
Both teams scored three runs over the third and fourth innings, before both pitching staffs tightened up and allowed only two hits apiece over the last five innings.
After placing a runner in scoring position in their half of the ninth, the Bullfrogs allowed leadoff hitter Carlos Escobar to reach on an error in the ‘Chucks half of the frame, letting him to advance to second and third on a sacrifice fly and a groundout — before scoring an unearned game-winning run on Yrigoyen's single.
Ryan Iverson, who pitched a scoreless ninth inning in relief of Dimitri De La Fuente, took the win and improved to 5—0, while Adam Cimber took the tough-luck loss and fell to 1—1.
With the win, the ‘Chucks snapped a three-game losing streak and improved to .500 in the second half, while Green Bay lost their second consecutive game — both on walk-off hits — to fall to 3—3.
Woodchucks starter Jonathon Boersma relinquished three runs in the third inning, as the Bullfrogs — who were 16—6 when scoring first — broke through after stranding a leadoff single in the first two frames.
Jonathon Walsh and Steven Halcomb led off the third with back-to-back singles, and advanced to second and third base on a following groundout. After Jacob May hit an RBI double to score Walsh, both Halcomb and May scored as Robbie De La Cruz fielded a groundball and made an errant throw home to try and prevent the run from scoring.
Green Bay starter Mark Anderson took a planned early exit in his first Northwoods League appearance, lasting two innings and allowing only one base runner on a Danny Susdorf single.
Inheriting a 3—0 lead, Bullfrogs' reliever Drew Bradshaw allowed one run in third, as Robbie De La Cruz singled and scored on another Danny Susdorf single, before allowing Cody Regis and Austin Coleman — who walked and singled — to score in the fourth as De La Cruz hit a two-RBI double.
Bradshaw continued into the fifth inning, where he retired the ‘Chucks in order, before giving way to Cameron Dullnig in the sixth. Bradshaw ended with four hits, two walks, and three runs allowed in three innings of work, while striking out two.
Following a tumultuous third inning, Jonathon Boersma tightened up and threw three innings of no-hit baseball, allowing only one base runner on a walk in the sixth inning. Boersma finished with six hits and two earned runs allowed through six innings of work, while issuing one strikeout and one walk.
Dimitri De La Fuente, a listed catcher, made his third appearance on the mound in the seventh inning, relieving Boersma and allowing only one hit though two innings of work.
Cameron Dullnig followed suit for the Bullfrogs, as he worked through the sixth, seventh and eighth innings while facing the minimum.
Tied 3—3 headed to the ninth inning, the Woodchucks called upon South Division All-Star Ryan Iverson, who allowed a two-out double to pinch-hitter Duncan McAlpine, before inducing a fly-out to end the scoring threat.
For the Woodchucks' half of the ninth, the Bullfrogs called on Adam Cimber, who came in with a 0.47 ERA through 19.0 innings.
Leadoff hitter Carlos Escobar — the league's leading hitter — hit a soft grounder up the middle, which was misplayed by defensive replacement Alec Mehrten, allowing the winning run to reach on an error. Escobar advanced into scoring position on a Cody Regis sacrifice, before moving to third as Austin Coleman grounded out. With two outs and a runner on third, Garrett Yrigoyen came through in the clutch — hitting an opposite field bloop single, scoring Escobar and securing the walk-off victory, 4—3.
Courtesy: Woodchucks Sports Information