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Mallards look to put worst loss in franchise history behind them

Madison, WI – August 3, 2008. One day after giving up the most runs in franchise history and getting shutout for the second time in the last four games, the Mallards will head back to the field for a 5:05 contest tonight against the Green Bay Bullfrogs. Right-hander Joe Yermal (Charlotte) will start on the mound for the Mallards against Bullfrogs righty Chad Blauer. It is Boston’s Restaurant and Sports Bar Mini Bat Night (first 500 14 & under) and Wisconsin DOT and Habush, Habush, & Rotier Bike Helmet Night (first 200 kids, ages 5-12).

Green Bay Bullfrogs (32-27, 15-11) at Madison Mallards (31-29, 9-18)
August 3, 2008 – 5:05 p.m. (CT)
Warner Park – Madison, WI

Pitching Probables:
RHP Joe Yermal (MAD) – 8 GS, 38.1 IP, 2-0, 5.17 ERA
RHP Chad Blauer (GBY) – 5 GS (13 APP), 47.1 IP, 4-1, 2.28 ERA

Mallards records (first half):
– 3-1 vs. Green Bay
– 10-8 at home
– 12-3 on road
– 14-6 vs. South Division
– 8-5 vs. North Division

Mallards records (second half):
– 0-2 vs. Green Bay
– 7-4 at home
– 2-14 on road
– 6-15 vs. South Division
– 3-3 vs. North Division

Madison is…
– 23-10 when scoring first
– 3-6 in extra innings
– 7-8 in one-run games
– 23-3 when leading after 7 innings
– 22-4 when outhitting its opponent
– 23-2 when scoring 7+ runs
– 22-12 when making equal or fewer errors than opponent

Last time out for the Mallards: L 19-0 vs. Eau Claire, August 2
It was a complete reversal at the “Duck Pond” on Saturday night in more ways than one, as a mere four days after scoring the most runs in franchise history the Mallards gave up the most runs in franchise history in a 19-0 drubbing at the hands of the Eau Claire Express. And after scoring nine runs in the first two innings of Friday’s contest against Eau Claire, the Mallards allowed eight in the first three frames to give the Express a lead they would not relinquish. Eau Claire’s Ryan O’Sullivan was 4-for-5 with a home run and three doubles at the plate, and also pitched the final three innings to earn the save. He scored three runs and drove in six. The loss drops the Mallards to 9-18 in the second half and 31-29 overall.

Mallards Musings:
-Each of the Mallards last 8 games are against South-Division foes.
-The Mallards are second in the league in runs scored as a team (325). Wisconsin is first with 326 runs scored.
-Madison has drawn the most walks in the league this season (304). Waterloo is the next closest with 289 team walks.
-Rob Lyerly (Charlotte) is second in the Northwoods League lead with a .345 batting average in 50 games played.
-Brandon Wikoff (Illinois) is third in the league in runs scored with 45.
-Brant Combs (Missouri State) has appeared in the most games in the league this season (28).
-Lyerly’s 18 doubles this season sets a new single-season Mallards team record. Randy Molina (Stanford) had 15 in 2007 for the previous team record. He is two RBIs away from tying the team record (46 – Bobby Hubbard, 2007).
-Wikoff reached base in the first 22 games he played at the “Duck Pond” to start the season. He was 0-for-5 on July 26 to snap the streak. It is tied for the longest home consecutive on-base streak in the league this season.
-Lyerly earned Northwoods League Player of the Night for the second time on July 29, when he was 4-for-4 with three doubles, three RBIs and three runs scored. He is the sixth Mallards to win the nightly award.
-Joe Bonadonna (Illinois) became the fifth Mallard to win Northwoods League Player of the Night when he reached base five times against Battle Creek on July 19. He was 3-for-3 with two singles and a double, and also drew two walks and scored three times.
-Wikoff earned Northwoods League Player of the Night July 10 when he reached base six times with three singles and three walks. He scored five runs for the Mallards.
-Drew Martin (NC State) was NWL Player of the Night on July 3 when he was 5-for-7 in two games at Battle Creek on the last day of the first half.
-Lyerly made it two Mallards award-winners in one week when he earned the honor on June 30 after a 4-for-5 game at Mankato. He had a home run, a double, three RBIs and scored three runs in the contest.
-After a 4-for-5 performance on June 26 against Brainerd, outfielder Aaron Bray (Charlotte) was named Northwoods League Player of the Night. He had four singles and scored three runs. Bray is the first Mallard to win the nightly award this season.
-Lyerly’s 12-game hitting streak dating back to June 11 ended with a 0-for-2 performance at Thunder Bay on June 24. He hit .380 with 11 runs scored and four doubles during the streak.
-Wikoff had a 10-game hitting streak snapped on June 28. It was the Mallards second-longest hitting streak of the season.
-From the beginning of the season on May 29 until June 15 Wikoff reached base in 16 consecutive games.

With a first-half Northwoods League South Division championship under their belts the Madison Mallards are returning to the postseason after a one-year hiatus and all tickets are now on sale. The team will be hosting its first playoff game on either August 12 or 13 (determined by best overall record of the two South Division postseason foes).

Box seats for the playoffs will be $ 9, with bleacher seats priced at $ 8. Cheap seats can be purchased for $ 7 and standing room only tickets will be available for $ 6. The Duck Blind will be open for the playoffs, with beer tickets priced at $ 26 for Sunday-Wednesday games and $ 31 for Thursday-Saturday nights. Duck Blind soda tickets will be $ 21 or $ 26. Reserved seats in the Duck Blind will be $ 31 for Sunday-Wednesday games and for $ 36 Thursday-Saturday nights.

Suites are also available for playoff games and fans can receive more details by calling the Mallards box office and asking for group sales.

Playoff tickets can be purchased online at Mallardsbaseball.com, by phone at 246.4277, or by visiting the box office at the “Duck Pond.”