The Madison Mallards tried to steal the final game of their two game road trip against the Brainerd Blue Thunder Monday night, but the Mallards failed to capitalize in the ninth inning and fell 3-2.
The Mallards had their prime scoring opportunity in the top of the ninth inning after narrowing the Blue Thunder’s lead to one run. After cutting the lead to 3-2 in the ninth, Jordan Comadena came in to pinch hit and stuck out to end the game with runners on second and third.
The Mallards were kept in the game by the pitching performance of Adam Mills who threw 5 2/3 innings, allowing just one earned run, while striking out five. Tim Gudex relieved Mills and threw 2 1/3 solid innings yielding no runs and striking out two.
The Mallards jumped on the scoreboard first behind an RBI by Mike Rohde but he Mallards failed to keep the lead as the Blue Thunder scored twice in the bottom of the first. Rohde finished with both the Mallards RBI.
The Mallards struggled defensively throughout the evening, committing four errors as only one of the Blue Thunder?s runs were earned.
The Mallards return home Wednesday to take on the Eau Claire Express at 7:05 p.m. For tickets contact the Mallards at 608.246.4277 or at www.mallardsbaseball.com.