WAUSAU (WAOW) - The Wisconsin Woodchucks split a seven inning double header with the Eau Claire Express tonight, winning the first game 7-3 and losing the second game 7-4.
A great start by Troy Marks, several free bases issued by Express pitchers, and contributions from the regular Woodchuck's suspects sparked the 7-3 early game victory. Troy Marks picked up the win, going five plus innings allowing three earned runs, fanning four, and issuing his first walk on the season. Eric Fritz, who is a shortstop by trade, came on in the sixth inning with a runner on first. Fritz would go on to mow down the Express and finish off the final two innings, allowing only one hit.
The Woodchucks offense, led by Jamie Bruno and Robbie De La Cruz, got four runs off of starter Steven Flores (0-2) in the first 1.2 innings in the game. De La Cruz went two for three with a walk, a double, a run scored, and two RBI's. Jamie Bruno hit a monster solo home run, his third of the season, to lead off the third inning. Jamie also hit an opposite field single for an RBI in the fourth inning.
Making his first appearance as a Woodchuck was Cory Hall, who would start the nightcap. He would however take the loss and survive only one inning, as he was unable to find his command, walking the bases loaded and allowing three earned runs in the bottom of the first inning. Andrew Klausmeier would come on in relief and pitch a solid 3.2 innings, allowing five baserunners and two earned runs.
The wheels came off the Woodchucks' bus in the top of the fifth inning, where Klausmeier was lifted with two outs and two on. Chance Deason would come on in relief and surrender both of Klausmeiers' runners before giving up two of his own, hanging a crooked 4 on the Athletic Park scoreboard.
The Chucks' offense, which was ho-hum in the night cap, never came to life. After falling behind 7-2, Patrick Terry made his Woodchucks debut one to remember by hammering a solo home run deep past the left field fence. Travis Whitmore would ignite something of a seventh inning rally by hammering his own solo homer to right field, but that would be the last time the ‘Chucks got into the run column, falling 7-4.
The Woodchucks and Express will meet again tomorrow night at Athletic Park, before traveling to Carson Park in Eau Claire to finish the four game series on Thursday.
Courtesy: Woodchucks Press Release