Madison, Wis. (July 31) – After falling victim to a 10-2 loss in their series-opening tilt Thursday against the Green Bay Bullfrogs (15-13, 37-26), field manager Donnie Scott and the Madison Mallards (15-11, 35-26) will look to salvage a split of their two-game set with a victory in Friday’s finale at Joannes Stadium. Tonight’s 7:05 p.m. affair will be the last of Madison’s current seven-day, six-game road swing through South Division competition before returning to the Duck Pond on Saturday. Play-by-play coverage of Friday’s game will be provided by 100.5 FM ESPN Madison beginning at 6:45 p.m.
Stomaching a rough outing from Dalton D’Spain (Texas A&M Corpus Christi) last night – 4.1 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 K – the Mallards will turn to A.J. Bogucki (North Carolina) to provide a strong performance in Friday’s regular-season finale against the Bullfrogs. Bogucki, a 6-foot-3 right-hander appearing in his second summer with the Mallards staff, enters tonight’s contest on the heels of surrendering five runs across just one inning en route to a losing decision July 24 against La Crosse at the Duck Pond. Overall, Bogucki has managed a 3.89 ERA and 29:10 K/BB ratio over 37.0 frames.
Subsequent to Alex Martinez’s (De Anza College) solid performance on Thursday against the Mallards – 5.0 IP, 5 H, ER, BB, 2 K, W – the Bullfrogs will assign right-handed pitcher Ryan Radue (Connecticut) his tenth start of the summer in Friday’s finale. Originally from Appleton, Wis., Radue has pitched to a 3.34 ERA and 41:27 K/BB ratio across 40.1 innings in his second campaign in the Northwoods League, including a 5-0 record. Prior to his July 26 against the Loggers, which Green Bay lost by a 4-3 mark, the Bullfrogs had been victorious in each of Radue’s first eight starts of the summer.
The Mallards will return to the Duck Pond on Saturday, August 1 against the Wisconsin Woodchucks (10-16, 22-39). Next Saturday will feature The Diamond Center Diamond Dig post-game, ice-cream scoop giveaway as well as a free Kids Clinic from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. presented by Zimbrick-Honda. For game tickets or inquiries regarding Saturday’s Kids Clinic, call the Mallards Ticket Office at 608-246-4277 or visit www.MallardsBaseball.com for more information.
The Madison Mallards are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 22nd season of summer collegiate baseball in 2015, 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 120 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (WAS), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Lucas Duda (NYM) and Ben Zobrist (OAK). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League Website. For more information, visit www.MallardsBaseball.com.