Two days removed from a 4-1 victory versus the Mankato MoonDogs at Warner Park, the Mallards looked sharp, finishing with the same result Friday against the Rochester Honkers. Similar to Wednesday?s win over the MoonDogs, the Mallards used strong pitching along with powerful hitting to notch the victory in front of 2,813 fans. On Wednesday, Andy Sigerich effectively worked seven and two thirds innings to win the game. Tonight, Madison native Ryan Zink was simply spectacular from the mound.
In his prior appearance, Zink (1-1) pitched very well, but received no run support. That changed tonight, as the Mallards amassed 4 runs on 12 hits. Jeff Bieker scored the first run of the game with a bomb over the right-center field fence in the bottom of the fourth. Two batters later Chad Frk belted his first home run of the season, landing it atop the rooftop in left field. Abe Aguirre and newcomer Greg Thomson also had RBI singles for the Mallards.
Zink, a LaFollette high school graduate, dominated the game from the get-go. In his seven strong innings of work, Zink struck out nine batters while walking zero. Zink only allowed one run off three hits. Thus far Zink has only allowed five hits combined in his two starts this season.
Greg Thomson made his Mallards debut tonight and didn?t disappoint. Thomson went
2-4 with an RBI and also flashed his leather in center field, making a spectacular catch against the wall.
Also Making his Mallards debut was pitcher Keahi Rawlins. Rawlins came in and shut the door on the Honkers in the ninth, earning his first save of the season.
The Mallards will send Billy Phillips to the mound tomorrow night at the Duck Pond in attempt to sweep away the Honkers. Game time is 7:05 and general admission seating is still available for tomorrow night?s game at our new office located at Warner Park.