Wodochucks Keep It Rolling

GREEN BAY—August 1, 2012—Austin Pettibone retired the last 18 batters he faced for the Wisconsin Woodchucks as he won his third consecutive ballgame, leading the ‘Chucks to a 7-1 victory over the Green Bay Bullfrogs.

After Woodchuck starter Austin Pettibone pitched a scoreless first inning, the right hander ran into some bad luck in the second. The first two batters, Billy Moon and Taylor Peterson both blooped singles in against Pettibone, neither ball hit hard, to put the ‘Chucks in a jam. After a Jason McMurray sacrifice bunt, Moon scored on an RBI groundout by Alex Abrams to give the ‘Frogs a 1-0 lead.

The Woodchucks would battle right back in the third, though, as they continued their hot hitting from Tuesday night. The ‘Chucks scored three runs in the inning on four singles. With Brooks Braga on third and Eric Filia-Snyder on second after a stolen base, Brendon Hayden singled, scoring Braga and sending Filia-Snyder to third. The next batter, Joe Serrano, grounded into a fielder’s choice, but the groundout scored Filia-Snyder, giving Serrano an RBI and the ‘Chucks a 2-1 lead. Serrano would later score on a single by Nate Irving, putting the ‘Chucks on top 3-1.

After Pettibone pitched a 1-2-3 third inning, the ‘Chucks offense would record their sixth multi-run inning of the two-game series in the fourth. After a leadoff single by Bryant Munoz, Mike Bernal doubled off the wall in left, scoring Munoz and ending starter Parker Schrage’s night. After Braga reached on an error, both runners would advance on a sacrifice bunt by Filia-Snyder. The next batter, Hayden, flew out to center, scoring Bernal and giving Hayden his second RBI of the game and team-leading 42nd of the season. A third run would score in the inning when Serrano struck out swinging, but the ball got away from the catcher Taylor Petersen. Petersen’s throw to first went off of Serrano’s back for an throwing error, allowing Braga to score, and putting the ‘Chucks on top 6-1.

After the run scored in the second innings, Pettibone completely shut down the Bullfrogs. Pettibone went seven innings, allowing only two singles, no walks, and recording nine strikeouts, retiring the last 18 batters he faced. In his last three starts, Pettibone is 3-0 with an ERA of 0.67.

The Woodchucks would tack on one more run in the eighth, aided by the Bullfrog defense. Filia-Snyder singled with two outs in the inning, stole second base, and went to third on a throwing error by the pitcher David Armendariz. Filia-Snyder would later score on an error by Dan Douglas as the ‘Frogs committed three errors in the inning and allowed the ‘Chucks to extend the lead to 7-1.

Bex Trout came on in relief of Pettibone in the eighth, pitched two scoreless innings in his Woodchuck debut, and secured the 7-1 victory. It was the Woodchucks’ ninth victory in the last ten games as they completed the two-game sweep of the Bullfrogs. The ‘Chucks will be back in action tomorrow in Mequon to take on the Lakeshore Chinooks at 6:35.


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