The Madison Mallards were locked into a pitching duel in Rockford last night, and it took until the 14th inning for the first runs of the game to be scored. The pitching staff had one of their best outings of the year thus far as five pitchers combined to shut out the Rivets, tallying 14 strikeouts along the way.
In the bottom of the 10th, the Rivets threatened to score as they had a runner on third with only one out. Manager Donnie Scott employed some creative defensive alignment to preserve the shutout. Scott’s shift included five infielders, which left only two outfielders to cover the entire outfield.
In the top half of the 14th inning, Garrett Kueber and Jake Randa singled to give the Mallards one of their best threats to score all night. Following a force out, the team’s home run leader Tyler Plantier was chosen to pinch hit. Plantier proceeded to rip a double into left field, scoring Kueber and Randa. Closer Trace Norkus had no problems closing out the game, retiring the Rivets in order to improve the Mallards record to 17-5.
The Mallards begin their lengthiest road trip of the year today, matching up against the Wisconsin Woodchucks in Wausau. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 and you can hear the call on 96.7 FM/1670 AM.