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Chinooks eliminated from playoff contention in blowout loss

Mequon, WI – The Lakeshore Chinooks were officially eliminated from Northwoods League playoff contention in 2018 after a lopsided, 11-3 loss to the Green Bay Bullfrogs Sunday at Kapco Park. With a 29-36 record this summer and a 13-17 mark in the second half of the season, the Chinooks won’t be playing during the postseason for the first time since the 2015 season.

The game got away from Lakeshore almost as soon as it started, as the Bullfrogs scored 10 runs in the first four innings. In two innings against Chinooks’ starter Nate Odahl, Green Bay posted six runs on six hits and three walks. Without any strikeouts in his two-inning outing, Odahl has walked more batters this season (29) than he has struck out (24).

The rough start was the fourth of the season in which Odahl has pitched two innings or less. His earned run average now stands at 6.81, the highest it’s been all summer.

Brock Immke relieved Odahl in the third inning and allowed three runs, and surrendered one more in the fourth. His final line read four innings pitched with four runs allowed on six hits and a walk. He struck out three.

The four-inning appearance in long relief was the longest of Immke’s five appearances with the Chinooks this summer. His last three outings have all come in mop-up situations.

Right-hander Jonathan Dominguez followed Immke, and pitched the final three innings. He allowed one run on one hit, a home run. He walked one and struck out one.

The Chinooks got on the board in the bottom of the second inning on an RBI groundout from Jim Govern, scoring Christian Boulware. That cut the deficit to 6-1. Lakeshore added single runs in the sixth and seventh innings to make the score 10-3.

In the bottom of the sixth, Boulware drove in Dallas Beaver with an RBI single and in the seventh, Dominic Clementi scored DJ Lee on an RBI groundout.

Lakeshore tallied 11 hits in total, but was not able to put together strings of base hits or come through with runners in scoring position, as Green Bay did. Boulware paced the offense with a 4-for-4 effort at the plate.

The Bullfrogs’ nine-hole hitter, Esteban Cordoza-Oquendo put on a show for Green Bay, swatting two home runs, one in the second inning and his second in the eighth. He finished the night 3-for-4 with four runs batted in.

The Chinooks finish the season with six games, five of them at home. A two-game series against the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders begins Monday evening at Kapco Park, with first pitch coming at 6:35 p.m. The second game of the series comes on Wednesday in Fond du Lac after the Northwoods League’s Major League Showcase on Tuesday in Madison, Wisconsin.

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