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Chucks win 14th straight at home

The Wisconsin Woodchucks home winning streak stretched to 14 straight after Thursday night's 4-2 win over Green Bay, but was dampened by the injuries of Eric Filia-Snyder, and Jacob Jelmini that were sustained during the fourth inning.

Both teams were caught off guard with the consistent injuries that occurred during the game. Both Jelmini and Filia-Snyder went out in the fourth, and in the eighth inning, Bullfrogs Ransom LaLonde was hit by a 90 mph Jackson Lowery fastball that was later to be taped.

Before the injuries however, the Bullfrogs struck early in the game with an RBI pop- up that dropped in for a single by Ransom LaLonde scoring Brooks Orton from second, however, the inning would end when Eric Filia-Snyder gunned down Justin Seager on his way to third base.

More excitement came from Filia-Snyder in the bottom half of the first inning when he sent a solo blast over the right field fence to tie the game for his fourth homer of the year. Snyder would end his night early in the fourth inning after going 2-2 at the plate however.

The Woodchucks then struck a gold mine of offense in the third inning with a lead off double by Brad McKewon that would later score the go ahead run when Collin Shaw overthrew the Bullfrogs catcher, moving Mike Bernal to second on the overthrow.

Madison Carter would reach with another error on the Bullfrogs second basemen Justin Seager placing runners on first and second. Eric Filia-Snyder added to his hit streak and loaded the bases when he reached on a bunt single. Brendon Hayden would do the rest from there, bringing around two more Woodchucks on a lined shot to right field that increased the lead to three.

The Woodchucks ran into trouble in the fourth inning however. On a routine ground ball to Mike Bernal, Justin Seager hit Jacob Jelmini on a one hop as the trainers were called for help on the first base line. Jelmini would leave the game, but more trouble erupted just two batters later.

On a fly ball to center field, Eric Filia-Snyder collided with Brad McKewon in full stride, as trainers would rush out for a second time in the inning. Filia-Snyder would be carried off the field and would not return. Newcomer Joey Swanner from UNLV would make his debut filling in for the injured Filia-Snyder. 

Woodchucks starter Austin Pettibone pitched five innings, allowing just one run, on five hits with four strikeouts in his outing as Jackson Lowery would come in in the sixth inning to close out the outstanding start.

Both teams cooled off however, going through three innings of scoreless play, as the game remained 4-1 heading into the seventh inning.

Jackson Lowery would strike out four, and allow zero runs before being relieved by Max Ising in the ninth inning to close.

The crowd was on their toes, and on their feet as bases were loaded by an error on Mike Bernal followed by a Collin Shaw walk, and a single by Brooks Orton as Ising walked Justin Seager to allow Alex Abrams to score from third.

Pascal Paul would give it a try with bases loaded in the top of the ninth inning relieving Max Ising as he would face Ransom LaLonde who was hit and injured in the previous inning.  The count would go full after LaLonde was on his way to first but was called back for a called strike. LaLonde would ground to second base, and the night would end as the Woodchucks walked away with a 4-2 win.

Courtesy: Wisconsin Woodchucks

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