Five different Woodchuck hitters tallied RBIs on the night as the Woodchucks won their seventh straight game, defeating the Green Bay Bullfrogs, 5-3, Friday night at Joannes Stadium.
The Bullfrogs (9-9) got on the board first with a three-run third inning, as center fielder Ivan Vieitez tallied an RBI-single and Dean Long had a two-out, two-run single of his own to spot the Bullfrogs to a 3-0 advantage.
However, the Bullfrog bats went completely silent after that, as four Woodchucks’ pitchers out of the bullpen combined to throw six scoreless, hitless innings. Matt Lambert went three perfect innings out of the ‘pen and picked up the victory, improving to 2-1 on the season. Tim McElroy tossed a scoreless seventh, Austin Tribby a one-two-three eighth, and John Oltman picked up his first save of the year by throwing a perfect ninth
Offensively, the Woodchucks (10-6) received RBI contributions from Jake Jeffries, Nick Banks, C.J. Chatham, Jake Scudder and Troy Traxler in tallying their five runs on the night.
Trailing 3-0 in the fifth inning, the Woodchucks had nobody on and two outs for catcher Jack Klages, who drew a walk. Jeffries then brought home Klages with an RBI-double to the gap in the left-center, cutting into the Bullfrogs’ lead and making it 3-1.
The Chucks scored three in the sixth to take the lead. Paul DeJong led off and walked, before Brendon Hayden singled, Banks doubled, Chatham singled and Scudder skied a sacrifice fly to center, giving the Chucks the 4-3 lead.
Wisconsin put up a single tally in the eighth inning as, after Chatham led off with a double, Traxler brought him home with a single to right.
The Woodchucks are back in action on Saturday night in the first of a two-game set in Madison against the Mallards. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 P.M. You can hear the game on Foxsports radio AM1390 & FM 93.9.
Rest of NWL Scores
Madison 4 Wisconsin Rapids 2
La Crosse 6 Battle Creek 1
Kenosha 3 Lakeshore 2
Mankato 4 Waterloo 2
Duluth 7 Alexandria 4
Duluth 10 Aelxandria 4
St. Cloud 4 Thunder Bay 1
Thunder Bay 2 St. Cloud 0
Kalamazoo 9 Rochester 5
Willmar 5 Eau Claire 3