Mequon, WI – For the second consecutive day, the Chinooks offense was non-existent allowing the Wisconsin Woodchucks to pick up a 6-2 win. Lakeshore has now lost six in a row, and eight of their last ten games.
After managing only one run against Battle Creek last night, the Chinooks were held scoreless until the eighth inning again. Trey Horton was fantastic for Wisconsin, only allowing four hits and three walks over six innings of work. He added three strikeouts as well and picked up his second win of the summer. Lakeshore was able to put some pressure on Horton throughout the night, but he maneuvered skillfully through any potential chances.
On the other side, Chinooks starter Brandon Komar was able to pitch six innings, but gave up five runs which was all the Woodchucks needed. Only three of those runs were earned however, after a throwing error by Komar allowed a couple of runs to score in the fifth. Wisconsin picked up five hits and a couple of walks against Komar, who struck out four and tied his longest start of the season.
Wisconsin scored their first run in the fourth inning after Komar allowed the first two batters to reach base. Javier Valdes, who led off with a walk came around to score on a Zach DeLoach single to start the scoring.
But it was a four run fifth inning that pushed the Woodchucks lead to 5-0. Komar got two quick outs, before he hit Tommy Duddleston with a pitch and started the rally. After that, the Woodchucks started taking bases with ease against Komar and catcher Nick Sueppel. After a walk to Peter Ahn, Duddleston and Ahn stole third and second respectively to put two guys in scoring position. Valdes then singled, scoring both runners to extend the lead to 3-0. Reese Alexiades struck out, seemingly to end the inning, but a dropped third strike by Sueppel put runners on the corners. Komar then picked up a throwing error allowing Valdes to score and DeLoach picked up his second RBI on a sinlge that scored Alexiades.
The Chinooks turned to Alex Morland for the seventh and eighth innings, his first appearance for the Chinooks. The right-hander from Carroll managed to get out of a couple jams, but gave up one run on two hits and three walks over those two innings.
Lakeshore finally scored in the eighth inning, adding a couple of runs against Brandon Bachman. Dominic Clementi drew a leadoff walk and came around to score on a wild pitch. DJ Lee then doubled and scored on a Ronald Sweeny III triple to right field. But that was all the Chinooks could manage throughout the night.
This Chinooks look to end the season on a high note and snap their six game losing streak in tomorrow’s game against the Woodchucks. Clifton Slagel will get his second start with Lakeshore after joining the team recently. His first start came back on August 6th against Fond du Lac in which Slagel allowed seven runs (three earned) over four and third innings pitched. The first pitch tomorrow will be at 5:05 PM.