Battle Creek, Mich.—Back from a four game road trip the Bombers looked to bounce back from a lopsided loss last night in Wisconsin Rapids as the Madison Mallards returned to Battle Creek.
Joe Mockbee (MSU) returned to his starting role for the Bombers against the Mallards. His last appearance was in Waterloo as he came into the game in the ninth with the Bombers clinging to a one-run lead. Mockbee would walk away with the save in that game, a 9-8 Bombers victory.
Mockbee got into trouble early against the Mallards. He loaded the bases in the first but was able to get out of it after back-to-back choppers to the mound got him a fielder’s choice at the plate and an inning ending double play.
Mockbee would not be as lucky in the 2nd, however, as the Mallards plated two runs and took a liner off of his leg.
Hunter Jobe (Pfeiffer) took over on the mound for Mockbee in the 3rd and that’s when the Mallards bats really got going. They scored four runs before the inning was over and their offense didn’t look back.
When it was all said and done the Mallards had 13 runs to the Bombers 4, one of which was added in the bottom of the ninth.
The Bombers will try to stop the skid at two game tomorrow as they take on the Madison Mallards again for the last home game of the season.