MEQUON, WI – Lakeshore pitching stayed red-hot against the Woodchucks Monday as the Great Lakes West division leaders suffered a 5-1 defeat.
The Chinooks (7-7) entered the game having pitched back-to-back shutouts over the weekend. On Monday, they held the Woodchucks (9-5) to just one run on five hits.
Lakeshore opened the scoring with a two-run single in the bottom of the fifth. That was all of the damage they were able to muster against starter Bobby Vath.
The Arizona Western righty threw six innings, yielding just two runs and no walks. He tallied six strikeouts for a second consecutive start but was saddled with a loss dropping him to 0-1 on the season.
The Woodchucks cut the deficit in half on Noah Fitzgerald’s RBI double in the top of the eighth, plating Brandon Trammell with two outs. Antonio Valdez drew a walk in his pinch-hit debut to keep the rally alive, but the Chinooks escaped the jam.
That would be as close as the Woodchucks could get. The Chinooks added three runs in the bottom of the eighth off of relievers Richie Rivera and Adam Muirhead, earning them their first home win of the 2021 season.
Vath lasted six innings for his second consecutive start. He also pitched two scoreless frames in the suspended game against Green Bay. He has 12 strikeouts and no walks so far this season.
Fitzgerald drove in a run for a third straight game. He went 2-for-4 at the plate for a second consecutive multi-hit performance.
Trammell drew a pair of walks and scored a run, extending his on-base streak to 11 games. His 10-game hitting streak ended tonight.
Clayton Mehlbauer went 1-for-4 with a single. He has reached base in all 12 of his appearances this season.
Jace Baumann recorded an out and allowed a hit during his third relief appearance of the season.
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