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Woodchucks Lose Lead In The Fourth Inning, Falling To Mallards 5-3

WAUSAU, WI – The Wisconsin Woodchucks traveled from Green Bay to Madison to face the Mallards. In their first game at Warner Park, the Woodchucks lost to the Mallards by a score of 5-3. All of the scoring occurred in the third and fourth inning, while the other seven innings went scoreless.

 

JC Ariza started on the mound for the Woodchucks. This was his third start of the season. He pitched five innings and allowed five runs (four earned) off of six hits. The first scoring of the game occurred in the bottom of the third inning when the Mallards scored two runs off of two doubles and a single. The two Mallards runs were represented by Ryne Stanley and Ben Anderson. This gave the Mallards an early 2-0 lead.

 

The Woodchucks responded in the top of the fourth inning. The Chucks started with the top of their order. Leadoff hitter Brandon Seltzer advanced to first after an error was committed by the Mallards second baseman. Two-hole hitter Adam Frank then hit a single that moved Seltzer over to second. Both runners then advanced to third and second after a wild pitch was thrown. Another wild pitch was thrown that allowed Seltzer to score from third base and Frank to advance to third. Byron Murray later stepped to the plate and hit a two-run home run that gave the Woodchucks their first lead of the game with the score at 3-2. This was Murray’s second home run of the year.

 

The bottom of the fourth inning was when the Mallards took the lead and never let go. Nick Gile, the Mallards leading hitter of the night, hit a double that brought two runs home for the Mallards. This allowed the Mallards to reclaim the lead at 4-3. Madison added yet another run during the fourth inning after a ball got past Woodchucks catcher Santino Miozzi. This gave the Mallards a 5-3 lead that they never let go of.

 

After Woodchucks starter JC Ariza exited in the fifth inning, Emmanuel Corporan came on in relief. He pitched through the eighth inning and allowed zero runs off of two hits. Corporan walked one and struck out two batters.

 

Madison used three pitchers to relieve their starter, Eliot Turnrquist, who pitched five innings. He gave up three runs off of four hits and struck out seven batters.

 

The Mallards 5-3 victory came off of eight hits and one error. The Woodchucks three runs came off of seven hits and two errors. The two teams will play again tomorrow at Warner Park in Madison at 6:35 PM.

 

Top Performers

 

First baseman Byron Murray 2-4 with two RBI and one run. Murray hit a triple in the second inning and a two-run home run in the fourth inning. This gave the Woodchucks their first lead of the game, making the score 3-2. The home run was Murray’s second of the season.

 

Along with Murray, third baseman Adam Frank was the only other Woodchuck to have multiple hits in tonight’s game. Frank finished 3-5 with one run. He hit three singles in tonight’s matchup and has the most hits for the Woodchucks this season, now with 24.

 

After Woodchucks starter JC Ariza exited in the fifth inning, Emmanuel Corporan came on in relief. He pitched through the eighth inning and allowed zero runs off of two hits. Corporan walked one and struck out two batters.

 

Next Up

 

The Wisconsin Woodchucks will continue their four-game road trip by staying in Madison to face the Mallards for a second game tomorrow night at 6:35 PM. After completing the two-game series in Madison, the Woodchucks will head to Green Bay for another road game against the Booyah. This matchup will come in the form of a Sunday afternoon setting with a start time of 3:05 PM. The Woodchucks will be back home on Monday, June 17 for a 6:35 PM game against the Green Bay Booyah. The Woodchucks will be hosting “Say Cheese Selfie Night!” It’s a celebration of all things cheese, including those awkward pictures of yourself. Athletic Park gates will open at 5:35 PM. For tickets, call us at 715.845.5055, stop by our front office, or visit woodchucks.com.

 

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