Madison, Wis.- Runs were hard to come by for the Madison Mallards last night in their second game of this 2018 season. Although the pitching staff kept the game close, the Mallards failed to string together timely hits to produce runs. The lone run for Madison came off of the bat of Trevor Schwecke (UW-Milwaukee) in the bottom of the sixth.
The Mallards were on the cusp of a rally in their half of the eighth as Jesse Forestell (Western Michigan) led off with a double. Next, UW-Whitewater’s Nick Schrader laid down a successful sacrifice bunt to leave Forestell at third with only one out. Wisconsin Rapids reliever Mason McReaken then got out of the jam by striking out the Schwecke and retiring the next batter with a pop-up.
The Mallards begin their first road trip of the year as they face off against Green Bay for a two game set before heading to Fond Du Lac on Saturday.
MADISON — The Madison Mallards dropped both games of a double header to Kalamazoo on Thursday at Warner Park.
Despite a two-run homer from Maverick Handley – his first of the summer – the Mallards fell 5-3 in the first game.
Starter Nate Brown took the loss, though he pitched OK, going 4 1/3 innings, giving up two runs on six hits and striking out four. He’s now 0-2 on the year.
In game two, the Growlers used a five-run second inning to earn a 6-4 victory. Heath Renz was tagged for all five runs, and the Mallards starter made it just 1 2/3rds innings to fall to 3-2 on the year.
Offensively, Madison got on the board in the first inning with a two-run homer from Sam Armstrong, his fourth this summer.
The two losses dropped the Mallards to 13-15 in the second half of the season, and they are just 2-8 in their last 10 games.
It’ll be the same two teams on Friday night at the Duck Pond. First pitch is at 7:05 and can be heard on 106.7 FM/1670 AM ‘The Zone.’
Earlier this week, the Madison Mallards announced that they would be giving away the first-ever Barstool Sports Big Cat bobblehead to all fans that purchase a Great Dane Duck Blind general admission ticket. The Mallards plan on giving away the bobblehead during the last home game of the regular season on Sunday, August 13th, against the Battle Creek Bombers. As of right now, the first pitch is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. CST.
Big Cat (Dan Katz) is a sports media personality who works for Barstool Sports. Barsool Sports is an up-and-coming sports media company. He is a blogger and co-host on the “Pardon My Take” podcast, which is a mix of sports, comedy, and pop culture. The podcast has recently become number one in the ratings for the most downloaded sports podcast on Apple Podcasts. Fans who listen to the podcast are formerly known as Stoolies. A Yabo is another word for a home run, a word in which Big Cat came up with himself. If you tune into Jude Judy this week and next week you may see a commercial, which features Big Cat and co-host PFT Commenter on a commercial spot.
The Mallards had multiple tweets promoting and explaining the Big Cat bobblehead that went viral across the U.S. and had tons of Barstool fans tweeting about the promotion. The Mallards are telling fans that they won’t mail or ship any bobbleheads, and that fans must buy a ticket to the game. There will also be a limited quantity available and a limit of one per person. Fans should call or go online to order tickets to the game, as it will probably sell out fast.
To receive bobblehead, purchase GD Duck Blind GA ticket for August 13 game. Use promo code BIG CAT at checkout. https://t.co/mHEY60lgj9
MADISON — The Madison Mallards lost for a sixth time in their last seven games Sunday night, this time an 8-3 setback against Fond du Lac.
Madison was within one run until the Dock Spiders exploded for four in the top of the eighth inning to break the game open. Fond du Lac’s offensive attack was led by left fielder Eric Gilgenbach, who had four RBIs, including a three-run homer.
Matt Horkey took the loss for the Mallards, giving up three earned runs over six innings of work, though it was the efforts out of the bullpen from Sam Cottingham-Beard and Ryan Schmidt that really cost Madison, as the duo gave up four runs in just three innings.
The loss dropped the Mallards to 1-4 in the second half of the season.
It’ll be the same two teams Monday at Warner Park. First pitch is at 6:35 p.m. and can be heard on 106.7 FM/1670 AM ‘The Zone.’
Listen: Mike Folta recaps Madison’s 8-3 loss to Fond du Lac
The Madison Mallards snapped a five-game losing streak Saturday night with a 2-1 win at Battle Creek.
The Bombers struggled to get anything going against starter Simon Rosenblum-Larson, who allowed one run on three hits over his five innings of work, while striking out seven batters. Relievers Davis Moore and Dom Savino backed up that effort, throwing four scoreless innings.
Yet, when Rosenblum-Larson left he was still on the hook for the loss despite just the one run given up. A night after not getting a single hit, Madison failed to push any runners across the plate on Saturday night until the seventh inning. There, left fielder Zac Taylor singled to bring in Maverick Handley from third. Three batters later, a wild pitch brought in a second run, which proved to be the game-winner.
Moore got the victory for Madison, with Savino picking up the save.
It was the Mallards first win of the second half of the season as they improved to 1-3.
Madison will host Fond du Lac Sunday afternoon at Warner Park. First pitch is at 4:05 p.m., and the game can be heard on 106.7 FM/1670 AM ‘The Zone.’
A three-run homer from Sam Armstrong was about all the offense the Madison Mallards could muster in a 6-4 loss to Kenosha on Tuesday night.
The bullpens of the two teams was the difference, as four different Kenosha relievers held Madison scoreless over the final four innings of the game, while the Mallards relievers were unable to hold up once starter Nate Brown left after four innings. That included Andrew Buckley, who was tagged for a pair of runs in the ninth and took the loss.
Coll Stanley was the standout for Kenosha offensively with three RBIs, including both of the runs scored in the ninth inning to give the Kingfish the lead and eventually the win.
The loss dropped the Mallards to 16-13 on the year. They’ll travel to take on Kalamazoo on Wednesday night. First pitch is at 6:05 p.m., and the game can be heard on 106.7 FM/1670 AM ‘The Zone.’
MADISON, Wis. — The 2017 MLB Draft featured four former Madison Mallards players, including Northwoods League All-Star pitcher Troy Bacon.
Bacon (Santa Fe College) was drafted in the fourth round (110th overall) by the Atlanta Braves. In his 2016 season with the Mallards, Bacon led the team with 53 strikeouts, six saves, and 13.76 strikeouts per nine innings. At the halfway mark of the season, he led the Northwoods League in wins, despite pitching out of the bullpen.
Mallards selected in 2017 MLB Draft:
RHP Troy Bacon | Atlanta Braves (4th Rd. 110th overall)
RHP Tyler Buffett | Cincinnati Reds (6th Rd. 167th overall)
RHP Colin Brockhouse | Toronto Blue Jays (24th Rd. 729th overall)
SS Matt McCann | Los Angeles Angels (25th Rd. 745th overall)
Tyler Buffett posted a 20-12 record in his four-year career at Oklahoma State with a 3.78 ERA. His lone season in Madison didn’t quite live up to that level, finishing his 2014 campaign with a 1-4 record and 6.35 ERA. Despite the slight dip in production, it surely didn’t hurt that he’s the cousin of Warren Buffett.
Having success in the 2016 season with Bacon was Colin Brockhouse. He finished with a 2-1 record and a 5.40 ERA in four starts, while striking out 7.0 batters per nine innings. Brockhouse was draft-eligible as a sophomore out of Ball State last season, but chose not to sign after being selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 37th round.
Matt McCann spent two seasons in Madison, finding success with the Mallards in the 2015 and 2016 campaigns. He played significantly more in the 2016 season where he posted a .262 batting average with 70 total bases. He also recorded one home run and 22 RBIs. As a player at Farleigh DIckenson University, McCann led the Knights in career stolen bases. He also led the conference in batting average (.379), hits (69) and stolen bases (25).
MADISON| The Madison Mallards start their 2017 Northwood’s League season Tuesday May 30th. There will undoubtedly be new faces on the roster, but more importantly to the fans, the new season brings about new renovations to the stadium. The Duck Blind underwent its largest renovation in the past five years as the new Great Dane Duck Blind was built using a number of shipping containers. This new project is one of a kind as it’s the first structure ever made using shipping container in a baseball stadium setting as well as a project in the Madison area. This new stadium seating design will consist of four different levels of suites and general admission seating.
What it Will Feature
The new renovations have also improved the general admission seating. The Mallards have improved the general admission seating by adding more seats and improving the spectator’s view of the game. The better view is due to the structure being raised from the ground level. The seating options in the general admission section will include bar rails, tables, stools and chairs. Admission to the area will still feature all-you-can-eat and drink options. This will include Great Dane Beer and not to mention will now be serving wine, which is new this season. Ticket prices will range anywhere from $25 to $41 depending on the day of the game and the package purchased.
The new Duck Pond will feature 12 new indoor as well as outdoor suite options. These new suites can be booked for groups of 20 to 400 people. These suites can be a great place to take a group of friends or have a company outing. The suites will also feature a high-end menu that includes, beer, wine, pretzels, prime rib, donuts, and any other commonly sold food or beverage at a ballgame. Like the general admission seating, purchasing a suite also comes with the all-you-can-eat and drink perk.
The different levels
The second level of the suites has an indoor space with climate control and an outdoor stadium box seating area. This will allow fans the best of both worlds whether it rains or shines. The third level features an indoor and outdoor patio with relaxed stadium seating. The rooftop or fourth level includes an oversized shade awning and a great view of the game. The rooftop feature will accommodate up to 100 guests. The third and fourth level ticket prices are $65 a person, while the second level’s going rate is $75 a person. The Mallard’s season starts soon, so make sure to check out and take advantage of the new stadium renovations!
MADISON, Wis. — Despite another heartbreaking end to the season, the Madison Mallards can be expected to bring back manager Donnie Scott for a fifth season.
In an interview with the Wisconsin Sports Zone Network on July 20, team president Vern Stenman called Scott “our guy,” adding that he generally signs one-year contract extensions.
“He’s not going anywhere,” Stenman said. “He’s actually turned down a [MLB] coaching job within the last year so that he can stay here in Madison because he loves what he’s doing with us…We’re excited to have him be the leader of these guys on the field.”
The Mallards finished the 2016 season with a 43-30 record, good enough for second overall in the Southern Division. They lost Monday night in the opening round of the playoffs to the Battle Creek Bombers 9-8, falling short of a four-run comeback.
It was the second straight season of heartbreak for the Mallards, who lost in the Kenosha Kingfish in walk-off fashion in the 2015 Southern League Championship game.
Scott has led the Mallards to a pair of Northwoods League Championships, most recently in 2013. Oddly enough, he won his very first championship with the Bombers in 2011 on his way to NWL Manager of the Year.