At this point, the Madison Mallards know it?s only a matter of time before they snap their current seven-game losing streak. The question is, how much time? The Ducks will look for a positive answer to that question tonight, June 19, when they take on the St. Cloud River Bats in game two of a two-game set from Dick Putz Field in St. Cloud. The Mallards dropped game one to the River Bats yesterday 9-3, lowering their record to 7-10 on the season.
Eryk McConnell (pictured below) gets the starting nod tonight for C.J. Thieleke?s team. In one start this summer, McConnell is 0-1 with a 3.00 ERA. He?s scattered nine hits in six innings of work while striking out four. He will face a St. Cloud lineup that currently ranks second in overall batting in the Northwoods League (.250).
The River Bats will counter with left-hander Michael Jarman. In three starts this season, Jarman is 1-1 with a 1.06 ERA. He?s struck out 20 while walking 10 in 17 innings of work. Jarman will face a Mallards lineup that received plenty of support from its first three batters in yesterday?s loss but limited contributions from the four through nine slots. Both Jordan Comadena and Bobby Hubbard had multi-hit games with Hubbard driving in all three of the Mallards? runs. Third baseman Mitch Saum went one for four, keeping his season average at .308.
The Mallards return home Thursday, June 22, to take on the St. Cloud River Bats. It will be TLC Laser Eye Centers ?Blind As A Bat Night.? One lucky fan will win a free laser eye surgery and the first 1,000 fans will receive a free pair of Mallards sunglasses. The Zooperstars mascot show, presented by Pepsi, will be providing entertainment all night.
Great seats are still available. Order yours today by visiting www.mallardsbaseball.com, stopping by the Duck Pond or calling 608.246.4277.