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Saturday’s Preview: Mallards return home to filet Lunkers

Last night’s Box Score

Madison, WI – June 27, 2009. The Mallards return home after beating Eau Claire, 3-2, in 12 innings on Friday night, their first win over the Express in four tries this season. It also snapped their 5-game road losing skid. They’ll take on Brainerd at 5:05 p.m. today with the TQ Diamonds “Diamond Dig” and big Rhythm & Booms fireworks show to follow.

Madison (17-11) received a good outing from Alex Rivers (Santa Clara) last night, who allowed just a run in six innings of work. The bullpen followed suit as Dan Burawa (St. John’s) threw 3.1 innings of scoreless relief while Denny Clement (Texas A&M) picked up the win with 2.2 innings of hitless ball.

Joe De Pinto (USC) got the Mallards back in it in the eighth inning with a game-tying solo shot and Jimmy Parque (St. John’s) provided the go-ahead, two-out single that scored Harold Riggins (NC State) in the 12th inning to defeat the Express (18-6), 3-2. The Mallards sit three games behind Eau Claire in the South Division with only six games remaining in the first half.

Madison will send Matt Jansen (3-1; Purdue) to the mound to sport his slim 2.93 ERA against the Lunkers in the first game of a two-game set. Jansen hasn’t faced Brainerd yet this season, but both teams split a two-game series earlier this season in Minnesota.

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Fans, don’t forget that tomorrow, Sunday, is Doggie Day at the “Duck Pond” as dogs are allowed at the ballpark & dog owners will receive one free bleacher ticket (day of game only)! It’ll also be Channel3000.com Drawstring Backpack giveaway for the first 1,000 kids 14 & under and St. Mary’s Happy Heart Activity Books for the first 1,000 kids as well.

Click here to purchase tickets for Sunday’s game. Gates will open at 1:30 p.m.

Then on Tuesday, June 30, join us for Thrift Painting Baseball Night (first 1,000 kids, 14 & under) and Budweiser T-Shirt Night (first 500 adults).

Click here to purchase tickets for Tuesday’s game. Gates will open 5:30 p.m.