By Peter Geppert
Madison, WI – July 29, 2012. The Madison Mallards (15-6, 31-25) finish their four game home stand tonight with the second game of a four game series against the La Crosse Loggers (12-9, 38-18). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 pm.
On Sunday the Loggers blasted three home runs in the first inning off of Mallards starter Sam Forkert (Marian) on their way to a 4-2 win. Loggers starter TJ Kendzora (San Diego State) had his best outing of the season, holding the Mallards offense to two runs on two hits through 5.0 innings of work.
Right-hander Trevor Foss (Texas A&M-Corpus Christi) will make his tenth start of the season tonight for the Mallards. In his last appearance, Foss (3-6) made an emergency bullpen appearance during a 5-4 loss to the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (7-15, 23-33) in which he was called upon to relieve an already taxed bullpen. In his 1.0 inning of relief the right-hander gave up the game deciding home run, suffering his sixth loss of the season.
On the hill for the Loggers is right-hander James Guillen (USC). In his last start, Guillen (3-2) went 6.0 innings, giving up three runs on six hits during a 5-4 win over the Rafters. Over his last two starts opponents have had better luck hitting against him, batting .254, much higher then his overall season average of .224.
The series features two of the top teams in the Northwoods Leagues in one-run games. The Mallards enter tonight 12-6, while the Loggers are 12-7, good for one and two in the league respectively.
Down to the Wire:
With last night’s loss to the Loggers and a Wisconsin Woodchucks (19-2, 36-20) win, the Mallards now find themselves four games out of first place with 14 games left to play.
After tonight’s game the Mallards leave the “Duck Pond” for their longest road trip of the season, a five game odyssey that takes them to La Crosse to finish their series with the Loggers and Eau Claire to play a three game set against the Eau Claire Express (9-13, 20-36).
The Mallards return to the “Duck Pond” on Sunday, August 5th to start a five game series with the Lakeshore Chinooks (11-10, 28-28). That night will be Marshfield Clinic Susan G. Komen for the Cure Night and Princess Millie Bobblehead Night at the ballpark.
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.