Late Miscues Lead to Road Loss
LATE MISCUES LEAD TO ROAD LOSS
June 6th, 2021
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Woodchucks Waste Lobus’ Gem in Loss to Rafters
WISCONSIN RAPIDS, WI – A pair of walks, an error and a wild pitch helped the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters break up a shutout in the bottom of the 9th and defeat the Woodchucks 2-1 at Witter Field Sunday night.
In the first six innings of the game, Woodchucks starter Ryan Lobus and Rafters starter Matt Osterberg went toe-to-toe in a pitchers’ duel.
Neither team scored until Bryson Hill’s RBI single brought home Brandon Trammell to give the Woodchucks the lead in the top of the 7th.
After Lobus worked a scoreless 7th, J.D. Schultz came in to start the 8th, retiring two batters but walking two as well. Geo Camfield made his third relief appearance of the year later that inning, needing just one pitch to induce a flyout and escape the jam.
In the bottom of the 9th, the Rafters finally broke through. After drawing a leadoff walk, Ben Swords scored on an error by reliever Chandler Poell, who took the loss tonight. A wild pitch brought home McKinley Erves, and the Rafters celebrated a walk-off win.
Ryan Lobus needed just 78 pitches to complete seven scoreless innings on the mound tonight. He had one strikeout and allowed three hits and two walks.
Tyler Kehoe went 2-for-4 at the plate, bringing his season average to .478. He leads the team with 11 hits and has hit safely in all six games he has started.
Brandon Trammell scored the Woodchucks’ lone run and went 1-for-4 at the plate. He now has a hit in all five of his starts since joining the team.
The Woodchucks end their four-game road trip tomorrow with the series finale against the Rafters. On Tuesday, the Woodchucks return to Athletic Park and host the Green Bay Booyah. They’ll travel to Green Bay Wednesday before returning home for a four-game homestand.
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