Mallards shutout the Bombers: 3-0

The Madison Mallards salvage the final game of the series against the Battle Creek Bombers Monday afternoon. The Mallards pitched their way to a 3-0 shutout over the Bombers.

Madison had three pitchers that teamed up to complete the shutout. Starting pitcher Brian Morrell (Notre Dame) and relievers Leon Hunter(North Carolina A&T) and Nicholes Morales (San Jose State), allowed a combined five hits and issued four walks in total.

In the top of the fifth inning, the Mallards offense opened the scoring with a two-run double by Trevor Boone (Oklahoma State) and Morrell held serve in the bottom of the inning. Through five innings, Madison led 2-0 and Morrell finished his day going five innings and only allowing one hit.

Two innings later,  Leon Hunter, the Mallards relief pitcher,  worked out of a jam to preserve the 2-0 Madison lead. With the bases loaded and only one out, Hunter struck out Will Baker and then got the next batter to ground-out, keeping the Bombers off the board. Morales then took over in the eighth inning and collected a two-inning save and preserved a 3-0 Mallards win.

The Mallards will return to action tomorrow night to take on the Kenosha Kingfish. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM. Gates will open at 5:30 PM and the game features A1 Furniture and Mattress Princess Night.

Mallards Offense Struggles in Loss to Wisconsin Rapids

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.

 

Mallards lose both games of a double header

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.’

Mallards to giveaway Barstool Big Cat Bobbleheads

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.

 

Mallards fall to Fond du Lac 8-3 (AUDIO)

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

Mallards snap 5-game losing streak with a 2-1 win at Battle Creek

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.’

Mallards fall 6-4 to Kenosha

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.’

Mallards take both games of a doubleheader at Wisconsin Rapids

The Madison Mallards took both games of a double header Thursday night at Wisconsin Rapids.

The first game went to extra innings, with Madison getting a pair of runs in the top of the 10th, including a sacrifice fly by Jeffrey Mitchell, to pull out a 4-3 victory.

The win was due in large part to the relief work of David Stover, Dom Savino and Andrew Buckley, who combined for six innings of action, allowing five hits and one run.

In the nightcap, things were a little more explosive, but Madison still found itself on top with a 12-10 win thanks to a six-run outburst in the seventh and eighth innings.

Centerfielder Doran Turchin and first baseman Angel Camacho combined for six RBIs on the night, while shortstop Cole Daily and third baseman Thomas Smart contributed a pair of their own.

With the two victories, the Mallards moved to 17-13 on the year and are 8-2 over their last 10 games, as they sit in fifth place of the Northwoods League’s South Division.

Madison will face the Rafters again on Friday night at the Warner Park. First pitch is at 7:05 and can be heard on 106.7 FM and 1670 AM ‘The Zone.’

Troy Bacon leads group of four Mallards taken in MLB Draft

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).