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Chinooks Lose Game 1 to Woodchucks

Wausau, Wisconsin – After a fog delay suspended Friday night’s game between the Chinooks and Woodchucks, the continuation of the game happened late Monday afternoon. With both teams fighting for the final playoff spot in the Great Lakes West, they had to get this game in. With only one more home day left for the Chinooks, they had to finish the rest of this home game during their 2-game road trip up to Wausau. Before the fog delay, the Chinooks were able to tie the game 1-1 in the bottom of the 4th. Game 1 of the doubleheader started in the top of the 5th.

Christian Carew got off to a slow start pitching for the Chinooks. Maurice Gomez hit an RBI single to give the Woodchucks a quick 2-1 lead. Carew was able to get out of a jam and kept it to a one-run ballgame. Logan Snow gave up a run in the 5th inning for the Woodchucks as well. Marcus Cline started the inning with a single and Zach Storbakken walked. Cline was able to tie the game on an unearned run. In the top of the 6th, the Woodchucks had runners on 2nd and 3rd, but couldn’t drive them in. The Chinooks offense couldn’t get anything past Snow for the next two innings.

Maurice Gomez got another RBI in the 7th inning and Chase Hug hit an RBI sac fly to give the Woodchucks a 2-run lead heading into the bottom of the 8th. Andy Nelson led the comeback charge for the Chinooks. A leadoff single and stolen base got Nelson into scoring position. Bryant Diel drove Nelson in on an RBI single as the Chinooks trailed 4-3. That was all the Chinooks lineup could muster for the last two innings. Diel wasn’t able to score and it was a 3 up, 3 down inning for the Chinooks offense in the bottom of the 9th.

The Chinooks fall back to 15-14 for their second-half record. Their overall record is now 33-32. They trail both the Woodchucks and Fond du Lac Dock Spiders by 1 game for the last playoff spot in the division. Game 2 of the doubleheader in Wausau started 30 minutes after Game 1. The Chinooks look to win the shortened 7-inning game in the nightcap of the doubleheader.