MADISON (Press Release) - For the third time in the last week, the Wisconsin Woodchucks gave up a three-run home run in the eighth inning of a tie game as they fell to the Madison Mallards, 9-4.
The Mallards got on the board first, as they brought across a run in the first inning. Matt Juengel singled with two outs, then proceeded to steal second base. The next two pitchers from Woodchuck starter Nick Greene were wild, and Juengel came into score, giving the Mallards a 1-0 lead.
The score would stay there until the sixth inning, when lead-off batter Tyler Jones lined a ball over the left field wall for a solo home run, and the Mallards led 2-0.
The Woodchucks didn't get on the board until the sixth inning, as Mallard starter Nick Sutherland was solid on the mound. After Austin Coleman reached on an error with two outs, he advanced to second on a passed ball. On the next pitch, Cody Regis lined a single to center field, scoring Coleman and cutting the Mallards lead to one run.
The Mallards countered the Woodchucks' run in the sixth with two of their own in the bottom of the inning. Lead-off batter Zach Powers reached on an error by Greene, and he scored on a double by Matt Juengel. On the play, center fielder Brian Carroll was injured and had to leave the game, forcing the ‘Chucks to play Carlos Escobar, Jr., a catcher, Ryan Iverson, a relief pitcher, and Derek Peterson, a third-baseman, in the outfield. The Mallards scored another run in the inning when Juengel scored on a groundout by Tyler Jones.
Trailing by three in the seventh, the ‘Chucks mounted their comeback. Lead-off batter Robbie De La Cruz blasted his second home run in three days and second of the season. Four batters later, with Danny Susdorf on second, Carlos Escobar, Jr., lined his sixth home run of the season over the short porch in right field, and the game was tied at four.
Madison would not let the ‘Chucks revel in the tie for long, though. In the eighth inning, the Mallards scored five runs, highlighted by a three-run home run by Justin Parr. The Woodchucks went down 1-2-3 in the ninth, as they lost their ninth consecutive game, 9-4.
The ‘Chucks fell to 11-23 on the second half, while the Mallards improved to 16-15. The two teams will meet again tomorrow night at Warner Park at 7:05 for their final contest of the season.
Courtesy: Woodchucks Press Release