The Madison Mallards continued the team’s recent offensive surge, scoring seven runs for the second consecutive night in a 7-2 victory over the visiting Wisconsin Woodchucks at the Duck Pond.
Recent Milwaukee Brewers draft choice (26th round) Marc Lewis got the start for Madison. Lewis was a bit shaky at the beginning, allowing a run on a hit. The Mallards defense didn’t help matters, committing two errors. The Ducks evened the game at one in the bottom of the first. Leadoff man Blaine Rutledge reached on an error and moved to second on Dan Melvin’s sacrifice bunt. Mike Rohde walked and Ryan Bond singled to load the bases. Jordan Comadena then hit a long fly ball to left, scoring Rutledge to tie the score at one.
Madison took the lead for good in the bottom of the second inning. With one out, Wayne Bond walked. Bobby Hubbard singled to put runners on first and second. After Rutledge’s grounder forced Hubbard at second and put runners at the corners, Melvin hit a two-run single to give the Mallards a 3-1 lead.
Madison added three in the bottom of the fourth. With one out, Hubbard doubled. That was followed by a Rutledge walk. After Melvin struck out, Rohde hammered a Brice Wells pitch to the right field scoreboard. It was Rohde’s, and the Mallards, first homer of the year.
Wisconsin added a run in the top of the sixth to make the score 6-2. Madison closed the scoring in the seventh. Comadena was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and advanced to second on a wild pitch. After a groundout by Joe Oliver moved Comadena to third, Kris Rochelle was hit by a pitch. Wayne Bond followed with a single to score Comadena and end the scoring.
Lewis gave up two unearned runs in six innings of work to pick up his first win as a Mallard. Brett Scarpetta pitched the final three innings and earned his first save. Wells took the loss for the Woodchucks.
The Mallards travel to Brainerd to face the Blue Thunder Friday night. First pitch is at 7:05. Listen to the game on Madison’s Fox Sports Radio, 100.5 FM.