Waterloo may have laughed first by scoring the first run of Thursday night?s game at the Duck Pond against the Mallards.
But the Bucks certainly did not laugh last, as the Mallards pounded out ten hits and scored seven runs en route to a 7-1 trouncing of the Bucks in front of 6,794 fans.
Rick Rivas dominated the Bucks, throwing six brilliant innings, allowing one unearned run. Rivas finished the game with six strikeouts while walking one and allowing just four hits.
Ryan Rogowski proved to be a true table-setter for the Mallards, going four-for-four in the leadoff spot, scoring two runs and stealing three bases. His second stolen base of the game moved him ahead of Mike Rozema as the Mallards single season record holder for stolen bases, swiping his 33rd base of the year to surpass Rozema?s 2003 mark of 32.
The first home-run on the season for Jordan Comadena put the game out of reach in the seventh inning for the Mallards, as Comadena finished the night with two hits and three runs knocked in.
Waterloo experienced no better luck against the Mallards bullpen than against Rivas, as the Mallards trio of relievers puzzled the Bucks hitters for the second night in a row. Kenny Pokryfke, Tim Gudex and Nate Melek each pitched an inning of scoreless relief.
The Mallards (9-9) return to action Friday night to take on the La Crosse Loggers at 7:05 p.m. at the Duck Pond, sending Adam Mills (3-2) to the mound. Great seats for all remaining Mallards home games are still available and can be purchased online, at www.mallardsbaseball.com, or by calling 246.4277.