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Five-Run Inning Downs Mallards 7-3

June 29, 2018 - Northwoods League (Northwoods) - Madison Mallards News Release

Wausau,Wis. - The Madison Mallards (24-7) could not overcome a five-run third inning, and dropped a 7-3 decision to the Wisconsin Woodchucks (9-22) Friday night. The Mallards magic number to win the first half South Division crown remains at two with four to play. Any combination of two Mallards wins or two Growlers losses will clinch first place and a playoff berth for Madison.

Relievers Brian Martinez (Connors State) and Tanner Rogen (Oral Roberts) kept the game close, but the Madison offense could only score three runs in the fourth inning.

Turning Point

It was a tight 1-0 game in the bottom of the third inning when the roof caved in on the Mallards. After starter Dustin Saenz (Texas A&M) got a strikeout for the second out of the inning with runners on first and third base, the Woodchucks strung together four hits to plate five runs and take a 6-0 lead. All five runs which scored in the inning were unearned. The Mallards scored three in the top of the fourth to halve the Woodchuck lead but were shut down the rest of the way.

Top Mallards

- Mike Aiello (UW Whitewater) stroked a two-RBI bases loaded single in the fourth inning

- Drew Campbell (Louisville) had three hits on the night

- Brian Martinez kept the game close by pitching three and one-third inning of one run ball

- Tanner Rogen did not allow a hit or a run in his two innings of work

Next Up

The Mallards return home Saturday night for a home and away two-game series against the Green Bay Bullfrogs. First pitch is an early 6:05 pm start and the game will feature an LSM Chiropractic car magnet phone holder giveaway at Warner Park. Team Zoom Canine Entertainment will also be performing throughout the night.

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