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Woodchucks Blow Ninth-Inning Save Opportunity And Lose To Madison

WAUSAU, WI – The Wisconsin Woodchucks hosted the Madison Mallards for the final time of the 2019 regular season. The Woodchucks carried a 3-2 lead into the ninth inning but then allowed a two-run home run to give Madison the lead. The Woodchucks lost by a final score of 4-3.

 

The Woodchucks did most of the scoring early on. TJ Reeves showed off his speed by scoring on a passed ball. Chucks continued to cross the plate in the fourth inning after Byron Murray hit a solo home run. His ninth home run of the season now leads the team and gave the Chucks a 2-0 lead.

 

The Mallards charged back in the middle innings. EJ Ranel drove in a run for the Mallards in the fifth inning and also hit an RBI sacrifice fly in the seventh inning to tie the game. The Woodchucks quickly regained the lead in the bottom of the seventh inning, though.

 

Adam Frank drove in Brandon Seltzer with a single to left field. This gave the Woodchucks a 3-2 lead that they carried into the ninth inning.

 

Michael Novak took the mound for the Woodchucks in an attempt to close the game and earn the save. Instead, he allowed two Mallards runs to give Madison their first lead of the game at 4-3. EJ Ranel hit a two-run home run and was responsible for all four of Madison’s runs.

 

The Woodchucks top of the order was unable to reach base in the bottom of the ninth, leading to a tight, late-inning loss.

 

Top Performers

 

Jared Pettitte was the starting pitcher for the Woodchucks. He went six innings and allowed one run on four hits. Pettitte walked one and struck out two.

 

Byron Murray hit a solo home run in the fourth inning to give the Woodchucks a 2-0 lead. This was his ninth home run of the season, which now leads the team.

 

Adam Frank came up clutch for the Chucks in the seventh inning. He hit a single to left field that eventually brought home Brandon Seltzer to give the Woodchucks a 3-2 lead.

 

Next Up

 

The Wisconsin Woodchucks will complete their two-game series against the Mallards in Madison tomorrow on Wednesday, July 31st at 6:35 PM. The Woodchucks will return home on Thursday, August 1st to play the Green Bay Booyah at 6:35 PM. For tickets, call us at 715.845.5055, stop by our front office, or visit woodchucks.com.

 

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