Loftin, DeRenzo Lead Woodchucks in 18-5 Win Over Bullfrogs
Nick Loftin went 6-6 and Dom DeRenzo hit a pair of three-run homers to lift the Wisconsin Woodchucks over the Green Bay Bullfrogs 18-5 tonight at Athletic Park.
After the Bullfrogs got a run in the top of the first, the Chucks came right back in the bottom half of the frame to tie the game at 1-1. Javier Valdes singled and came in to score on a groundout by Zach DeLoach.
The Chucks scored four times in the third to take a 5-1 lead. DeLoach and Alex Toral singled, followed by a single from Loftin to score DeLoach. DeRenzo followed by sending a full count pitch over the left field wall for a three-run homer.
The Bullfrogs scored twice in the top of the fourth to trim the Chucks’ lead to 5-3. The Chucks got one run in the bottom of the inning to take a 6-3 advantage. Brandt Broussard led off with a double, advanced to third on a deep fly out by Valdes and just reached home before a throw from third on a chopper by Reese Alexiades.
The Chucks’ lead grew to 8-3 in the fifth as a two-out single from Payton Nelson scored Loftin and DeRenzo. The Bullfrogs got those two runs right back, scoring twice in the top of the sixth to pull within three at 8-5.
For the third time tonight, the Chucks scored in the bottom of the same inning the Bullfrogs scored. Loftin singled to score Valdes and Alexiades. DeRenzo followed with his second three-run homer of the night, scoring both DeLoach and Loftin to give the Chucks a 13-5 lead.
Five more runs crossed the plate in the seventh for the Chucks. DeLoach led off with a home run. Colton Bauer added an RBI-double and Broussard ripped a three-run homer to cap off the inning.
Loftin scored four runs, drove in three and stole two bases in addition to going 6-6 at the plate. DeRenzo had three hits, including the two three-run homers. Valdes, DeLoach, Toral and Broussard had two hits apiece. All nine Chucks in the lineup scored at least once.
Starting pitcher Greg Dunham got the win for the Chucks, going five innings and giving up five runs (three earned). Joey Hennessey, Brandon Bachman and Carter Daniels shut down the Bullfrogs over the final four innings.
The Wisconsin Woodchucks will complete the series with the Green Bay Bullfrogs on Wednesday August 8th at Athletic Park. First pitch is at 6:35. Wednesday will be Team Poster Giveaway Night, presented by Sun Printing, and also Beers, Brats & Baseball Night.
Get $2 craft beers, buy one get one brats and enjoy a baseball game. For tickets, call us at 715.845.5055, stop by our front office, or visit woodchucks.com
Tomorrow is the Major League Dreams Showcase in Madison at Warner Park. Zach DeLoach, Alex Stodola and Orsen Josephina from the Woodchucks will travel to Madison for the 7:35 game.