Chinooks Drop Pitchers Duel To The Woodchucks

Mequon, WI – The two game series against the Wisconsin Woodchucks continued Sunday afternoon where the Chinooks looked to split the series and come out with a win. Both of the games were very similar being that they consisted of low scoring, pitcher's duels. The Chinooks dropped game two in extra innings 3-2.

Chinooks sent pitcher Keenan Bartlett (Richmond) to the mound making his third appearance with a 2.29 ERA and getting 11 strikeouts during fifteen and two thirds innings pitched. The Woodchucks would reach the scoreboard first in the top of the second after Chad Fleishman (Lamar) advanced to third off a single from Cade Harris (University of Oklahoma) and an error in the field would bring Fleishman home making it 1-0 Woodchucks.

Bartlett took the mound for the top of the sixth where he would face Ruben Cardenas (Cal State Fullerton) who singled and stole second while advancing to third off an error. Steven Mangrum (Virginia Tech) hit a sacrifice fly scoring Cardenas making it 2-0 Woodchucks. Bartlett showed great velocity tonight consistently throwing in the 90-92 MPH range and was taken out after pitching six innings getting seven strikeouts.

Woodchucks pitcher Devin Skapura (Texas A&M Corpus Christi) came into the game with a 2-0 record giving up only 6 hits during twelve innings pitched and a 1.50 ERA. Chinooks got on the board in the bottom of sixth after Gage Canning (Arizona State) and Kurtis Brown (Richmond)  ripped back-to-back singles followed by an RBI single from Hayden Senger (Miami-Ohio) scoring Canning making it 2-1 Woodchucks.

Going into the top of the seventh, Chinooks bring in relief pitcher Nolan Bond (Houston) who made his fourth appearance and would go scoreless against the Woodchucks in three innings pitched, racking up four strikeouts.

The Woodchucks go to the bullpen in the bottom of the ninth and bring in closer Gordon Cardenas (Auburn University) who made his second appearance of the series and faced Senger who led off with a double. Darius Sewell (Georgia State) came into pinch run for Senger and Tim Dalporto (Kent State) came into pinch hit grounding to the pitcher who made a throwing error to first base allowing Sewell to score, tying the game 2-2.

Headed into extra innings, Chinooks bring in Austin Jones (UW-Whitewater) to face the beginning of the Woodchucks line up. Matt Caples (Virginia Tech) led off with a walk, followed by a double from Ruben Cardenas (Cal State Fullerton) advancing Caples to third. Fleishman drew a walk and a wild pitch scored Caples from third giving the Woodchucks a 3-2 lead.

The Chinooks made a good attempt in the bottom of the tenth to try and come back. Zac Taylor (Houston) and Canning both reached base but the Chinooks came up short to the Woodchucks 3-2 and get swept in the two game series.

After the game, Coach Hollenbeck spoke about the team and some of the adjustments he wants the team to make saying “We are going back to the basics and having the guys play a lot of pepper and do simple hitting drills. We need to get our confidence back. The guys need to learn on their own how to make different adjustments in order to get ready for the pros” He says the team has every day goals and all the guys have individual goals that everyone needs to strive for. “We always remind the guys to have high goals and to never be satisfied, they always have to be hungry for more.”

The Chinooks will face the Kenosha Kingfish in a doubleheader on Monday. First game will start 11:35 am at Kapco Park and after will follow the 7:05 pm game at Simmons Field.

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