Mallards Look to Bring Momentum Home
Madison, Wis. – The Madison Mallards (4-4, 23-20) are returning to Warner Park tonight to take on the Lakeshore Chinooks (5-3, 23-20). The Mallards are coming off a two-game sweep of the Green Bay Bullfrogs and have won three of their last four ballgames.
The Madison offense found its footing in Green Bay as the Mallards showed a great approach at the plate last night, drawing ten walks. Also, each of the top four Mallards in the lineup reached base multiple times. Overall, the Mallards scored 20 runs over two ballgames against the Bullfrogs and will look to continue the offensive outburst at Warner Park tonight.
Scheduled to start tonight for the Mallards is Tristen Bayless. Bayless, a Texas A&M southpaw, has made two starts this season and has worked seven innings. Bayless has allowed only six hits and has tallied seven strikeouts. In his last outing, Bayless went four innings and struck out a pair against the Battle Creek Bombers.
Set to oppose Bayless is Lakeshore starter Austin Jones. Jones has also made a pair of starts this season and has yet to allow an earned run. He has pitched nine total innings and has issued only three walks while holding opposing batters to a .194 ERA. The Mallards offense will look to get after Jones after tallying nine total runs in two games off of Green Bay starting pitchers.
Through four meetings this season, the Chinooks and Mallards have both won a pair of ballgames. Madison swept Lakeshore in the teams’ last series matchup on June 23 and 24.
Madison outfielder Zac Taylor (Illinois) has continued his hot streak at the plate as he reached base twice last night after a spectacular performance on Tuesday night. Taylor had two hits, one being a grand-slam in the ninth inning, on Tuesday. Taylor is now batting .353 and owns a .421 OBP.
2017 NWL All-Star Cole Daily (Notre Dame) has continued his brilliant streak at the plate as he has now reached base in 30 straight games. Daily, who leads the league in hits (59) and runs (50), reached base and scored three times last night.
Madison infielder David Vinsky (Northwoods) has made his presence felt in the Madison lineup as he totaled five hits in the Green Bay series after arriving to Madison last week. Vinsky doubled and knocked in a pair of runs last night and will continue to be a run producer in the Mallards order.
Madison centerfielder Doran Turchin (Illinois) has dominated at home this season as he sports a .362 average at the Duck Pond. Turchin has hit six of his eight home runs at Warner Park and has gotten on base at a .495 clip.
Tonight’s game is set to get underway at 7:05 PM at the Duck Pond and gates are scheduled to open at 5:30 PM. The game features in-game entertainment by Mr. Intermission. For live updates of tonight’s game, check out @MadisonMallards on Twitter and listen live on The Zone 1670AM or 106.7FM WOZN