In a game where two of the league?s top pitchers were set to face off, it would be the offenses of the Madison Mallards and Wisconsin Woodchucks that would put on a display Wednesday night in Wausau.
After scoring four runs in the top of the seventh inning to take an 8-4 lead, the Mallards would watch the Woodchucks send 12 batters to the plate in the bottom half of the inning, tallying eight runs on eight hits to take a 12-8 lead.
The Mallards responded with three runs in the eighth with the help of three hit batters but Jeffrey McCollum would get the final six outs of the game for his first save of the year and a 12-11 Woodchuck win. The starting pitchers, J.J. Hollenbeck of the Mallards and Wisconsin?s Craig Brookes both ended the game with no decisions.
Kelly Sweppenhiser hit his second home run of the season and Mike Rohde had three hits for the first-place Mallards (14-7), who look to rebound tomorrow night in Wausau before returning home for a two-game weekend set against the Rochester Honkers. Tickets for Friday or Saturday?s games against the Honkers are still available online at www.mallardsbaseball.com or by phone at 246.4277.