Mallards Look to Find Their Way in Green Bay
by Peter Geppert
Green Bay, WI – July 9, 2012. The Madison Mallards (3-0, 19-19) return to action tonight in Green Bay to start a two game series with the Green Bay Bullfrogs (1-2, 23-15). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 pm.
On Saturday the Mallards took advantage of five errors and held off a two out ninth inning rally to squeeze out a 5-3 win over the Eau Claire Express (0-3, 11-26). With the win the Mallards swept the three game series and secured an edge in the overall season series against the Express.
Taking the ball for the Mallards is right-hander Trevor Foss (Texas A&M Corpus-Christi). In his last start Foss (2-3) ended his three game losing streak and got the win in the Mallards 8-4 victory over the Express on July 1st. Through 7.0 innings the right-hander gave up three runs on two hits and recorded three strikeouts. Foss has already started once against the Bullfrogs this season, a 7.0 inning gem on June 7th that saw him allow no runs and rack up eight strikeouts.
The Mallards will face a familiar foe tonight in Bullfrogs starter Bryce Bellin (Minnesota State). Bellin (2-2) has made two starts against the Mallards this season. Through 12.0 innings against the Mallards the right-hander has not allowed an earned run and entering tonight’s matchup Mallards hitters are only hitting .111 against the right-hander. In his most recent appearance Bellin came out of the bullpen to throw 2.0 innings of relief in the Bullfrogs 10-2 win over the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (2-1, 18-19).
Bellin and Foss have already met twice this year, with Bellin getting the better of Foss in the Bullfrogs 5-0 win on June 19th and Foss emerging as the victor in a 1-0 win over the Bullfrogs on June 7th.
House of Horrors:
Joannes Stadium has been difficult for Mallards hitters this season. The Mallards have not scored an earned run in the Bullfrogs’ stadium in 25.0 innings, with the last being a two run home run off the bat of first baseman Phil Sorenson (UT-Martin) on June 6th. Over three games in Green Bay the Mallards are hitting a collective .182.
Night and Day:
In order to make a move towards the post-season the Mallards will need to establish more consistency on the road in the second half. The team finished the first half with a 12-7 home record and a 4-12 road record.
The Mallards will finish their two game series with the Bullfrogs tomorrow night. First pitch of that game is scheduled for 7:05 pm.
The Mallards return to the “Duck Pond” on Friday, July 13th to take on the Rafters. That night will feature the Half Pint Brawlers Midget Wrestler presented by MINI of Madison.
The 2012 season is upon us! Single-game tickets are on-sale for all Mallards home games!
The Madison Mallards are part of the 16-team Northwoods League. The Northwoods League has more teams, plays more games, and draws more fans than any other Summer Collegiate League in North America.