TRAVERSE CITY — L2.
That’s not a streak indicator the Pit Spitters have seen in quite some time, but it’s where they sit after a 7-5 loss to the Wisconsin Woodchucks at Pit Spitters Park.
The two-game losing streak comes on the heels of Traverse City’s all-time Northwoods League record for consecutive victories at 18 games.
Much like Wednesday night’s 7-5 streak-snapping loss to Kenosha, the Pit Spitters failed to play a clean game.
Traverse City (30-15) committed a pair of errors to allow three unearned runs for the Woodchucks, and Wisconsin used the mistakes to stake a commanding early advantage, leading 7-1 midway through the seventh inning.
Both unearned Woodchucks runs came in the opening frame on an error at first base.
Traverse City got one run back in the second inning with a sacrifice fly by Mario Camilletti that scored Riley Bertram, but then the Woodchucks scored one run in the fourth, two in the fifth, one in the sixth and one in the seventh.
Pit Spitters starter Kyle Jones allowed six runs (four earned) on six hits and four walks in five innings. He struck out one Woodchuck.
Also similar to Wednesday night’s loss was the fact Traverse City didn’t go down without a rally attempt.
Trailing 7-1, the Spitters added one run in the bottom of the seventh inning on a bases-loaded walk by Christian Faust and three runs in the bottom of the eighth on an RBI single by Camilletti, one on a balk and another on an RBI single by Andrew Morrow.
Camilletti finished the game 1-for-3 with two runs and two RBI. Daniel Head was 2 for 5.
Kevin Hahn, Conrad Voss (one unearned run), Luke Little and Joe Pace each worked an inning without giving up an earned run. Little — the 6-foot-8, hard-throwing lefty the Spitters recently added to the roster — struck out the side in a perfect eighth inning.
Nate Madej earned the win for Wisconsin (21-24), tossing 5.1 innings with four hits, one run, six walks and five strikeouts. Lenny Gwizdala picked up his third save of the season.
Angel Tiburcio led the Woodchucks at the plate with a 3-for-4 performance, two runs and a RBI. TJ Reeves was 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBI.
Traverse City and Wisconsin will square off once more at 7:05 p.m. Friday night to close out the series before the Pit Spitters head out of town for six road games and the league’s All-Star break. Pat Hohlfeld (2-0) is slated to start for TC.