Mallards Cannot Find Offense in 1-0 Loss

The offensive woes continued for the Madison Mallards Sunday night at Warner Park as Madison was shut out for the second time in four nights, this time 1-0 by the Eau Claire Express.

For the week spanning July 16 to July 23, the Mallards scored just 19 runs, an average of only 2.71 per game.

Sunday, Madison didn?t get much of anything going against Eau Claire starter Tim Huber. The lefty allowed just four Madison batters to reach (three hits and an error). He struck out four in eight innings.

Casey Baron (pictured below right) was nearly as good for Madison. He allowed five hits and walked two in seven innings. He also struck out six in the process before giving way to Mike Creevy.

The lone run of the game was scored in the fourth inning against Baron. Leadoff man Matt Foote reached on a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Kraig Binick. Foote then stole third. He scored on a single by A.J. Pinocchio to give the Express a lead the Mallards wouldn?t overcome.

Huber earned the win while Baron was tagged with a tough-luck loss for Madison. Nick Fellman picked up his 11th save of the year for the Express.

Tonight was Wiffle Ball Night presented by The Shoe Box and Rookies. The first 1,000 kids 14 and under received a free wiffle ball set. It was also a Famous Footwear ?Kids Eat Free Sunday.? All kids, 14 and under, received a free hot dog, soda and bag of chips with a full-priced ticket. Seniors can get in for half price every Sunday thanks to St. Mary?s.

Also, TDS-sponsored late model racecar driver Chad Wood and his car (pictured above) appeared at the Duck Pond. He will return on August 1 and 6.

The Mallards return home Friday, July 28 to take on the Rochester Honkers. Culvers brings you Dukes of Hazzard Night presented by Quench Gum. James Best, the actor who portrayed Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane on ?The Dukes of Hazzard,? will be at the game to meet fans. He?ll be joined by his dog, Flash, and the famous car from the show, the ?General Lee?.

Fans will also have the chance to meet former Major Leaguer Jim ?The Toy Cannon? Wynn. There will be pre- and post-game music from Pupy Costello and His Big City Honky Tonk on the Great Dane Duck Blind.

Great seats are still available. For tickets, visit, call 608.246.4277 or stop by the Duck Pond ticket office.

Madison is on the road for four straight beginning Monday, July 24. The Mallards will play at Rochester. You?ll hear all games on Madison?s Fox Sports Radio 100.5 FM or online at Coverage begins at 6:50 p.m. Monday night.