WAUSAU (Press Release) - The Wisconsin Woodchucks took the rubber match of a three game home series with La Crosse Monday night, defeating the Loggers 6—5 and clinching the series 2—1.
Nick Greene, who took the win in a four-inning outing in game one against the Loggers, notched his second win Monday— going six strong innings on only one day's rest.
Loggers' reliever Brandon Bixler took the loss — falling to 1—1 — as the Loggers fell to 6—7 and the ‘Chucks advanced to 5—7.
Woodchucks' newcomer Adam Bileckyj struggled out of the gate in his first Athletic Park appearance, as he'd load the bases with no outs— on two walks and a Garrett Yrigoyen fielding error. Cameron Flynn was then hit by a pitch, before Ethan Gross hit an RBI single, making the score 2—0 with the bases loaded and no outs. Bileckyj recovered to retire the next three hitters.
Bileckyj would get comfortable, recording the next five outs with relative ease — striking out four more batters — before losing his control with two down in the third inning.
Mike Hill smacked a two-out homer, making the score 3—0 Loggers. Bilecky then walked two consecutive batters and allowed an infield single, which actually ended the inning when Robbie De La Cruz gunned down Zach Miller attempting to score on the infield hit.
Down 3—0 early, the ‘Chucks got one back in the third. Starting catcher Tyler Heineman — fresh off the plane from UCLA — walked, stole a bag, and scored with two down, as Seth Batty reached on a Loggers' fielding error.
Nick Greene came on to start the fourth, allowing a leadoff walk to Trentt Copeland. He then scored on a wacky play — as the next batter, Cory LaVier, hit an infield single to the left side of the infield. Third baseman Austin Coleman made the throw late and wide of Robbie De La Cruz at first base, sending the ball into right field — before Robbie De La Cruz would throw the ball over the head of the covering Nick Greene at home plate, allowing Copeland to score.
Trying to catch the Loggers from behind again, the Northwoods League's top statistical hitter, Carlos Escobar Jr., hit a one-out single in the fourth and advanced to second on a botched double play attempt. After Shain Stoner sacrificed both runners up one bag, Heineman drove them both in with a single up the middle. He advanced to second as the ball got past centerfielder Cameron Flynn, who would gun down Heineman as he attempted to take third.
Down 4—3, the ‘Chucks briefly took the lead in the fifth, as Robbie De La Cruz and Seth Batty would reach base with a single and a double, before scoring on a Garrett Yrigoyen groundout and an Austin Coleman double.
Now leading the visiting Loggers by one, Nick Greene allowed a pinch-hit, game-tying homer to Bobby Juan, with two out and nobody on in the sixth, knotting up the score 5—5.
The ‘Chucks answered right back in the bottom of the frame, as Mike Gerber would start off the Woodchucks half of the sixth with a walk — before stealing second, and scoring on a wild pitch — giving the ‘Chucks a 6—5 advantage.
Gerber's run was all the ‘Chucks needed, as Greene pitched brilliantly on short rest— working through the final three innings, facing four batters apiece.
Greene allowed only five hits and two walks, while striking out seven in six innings pitched.
The ‘Chucks prevailed in a messy, wacky rubber match, where seven errors where committed— as the Woodchucks would score six runs off only six hits and three walks.
The Woodchucks started a brand-new outfield and battery Monday night, as five of the six new arrivals over the past two days made their ‘Chucks debut. The sixth newcomer, Tom Briner, will make the start Tuesday night, as the ‘Chucks welcome the Waterloo Bucks to town for a two game set.
Courtesy: Woodchucks Press Release