Green Bay, WI – June 27, 2014. The Madison Mallards (16-11) finish their two game road series tonight in Green Bay against the Green Bay Bullfrogs (13-17) at 7:05 pm. Mallards starter Tyler Buffett (Oklahoma State) will look to help the Mallards bounce back against Green Bay starter Mike Ellenbest (Saginaw Valley State) after Madison fell to the Bullfrogs last night 5-2.
Buffett will make his second start of the year tonight after pitching one inning on June 19th against the Battle Creek Bombers before the game was rained out. He has appeared in relief once this year for the club, pitching 1.1 scoreless innings on June 23rd against the Alexandria Blue Anchors in a 2-0 victory. The righty struck out two while giving up no hits and walking none.
Ellenbest, a 6’4”, 195-pound righty out of Medina, Ohio has pitched 15 innings for the Bullfrogs this year, holding a 6.60 ERA in three starts. His last game against the Kalamazoo Growlers on June 14th, Ellenbest went five innings, giving up five runs on six hits, walking one while striking out two.
Last night, the Mallards were held to three hits but managed to score two runs in the second inning when Will Krug (Illinois) scored on a wild pitch and Pete Alonso (Florida) drove in Cody Stevens (Northwestern) on a single after Stevens advanced to third on the wild pitch. Alonso was 1-for-3 on the night and recorded his 18th RBI after scoring Stevens.
Green Bay would respond with two runs of their own in the third and three in the seventh. With the loss, the Mallards fall to 3.5 games out of first place with five games left in the first half of the Northwoods League season.
The Mallards return home tomorrow to face the Lakeshore Chinooks at 6:05 pm. Saturday night is 80's Night featuring an appearance by Jose Canseco in a post-game home run derby. There will also be a Capitol View Events Pre-Game 1985K.
Mallards single game tickets are on-sale now. To purchase tickets, log on to MallardsBaseball.com, call 608-246- 4277, or stop by the Mallards ticket office.
The Madison Mallards are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 21st season of summer collegiate baseball, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 18 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, more than 115 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (DET) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (WAS), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Allen Craig (STL) and Ben Zobrist (TB). All league games are viewable live the Northwoods League YouTube channel. For more information, visit MallardsBaseball.com.