After a long day of baseball yesterday that featured 18 innings of baseball and 46 combined runs, the Madison Mallards travel to Wisconsin Rapids tonight for a matchup with the Rafters. The Mallards split a doubleheader with the Rockford Rivets yesterday, winning the first ballgame in Rockford 11-4 and falling at the Duck Pond last night, 15-11.
The Mallards have scored 11 runs in three straight ballgames and have been scorching hot offensively lately. Madison batters are batting .309 in the last ten games and have averaged almost nine runs per game. The bats have propelled the Mallards to seven wins in the last ten games and will look to stay hot tonight in Wisconsin Rapids.
Scheduled to take the mound for the Mallards tonight is freshman righty Logan Wonn (Jacksonville). Wonn has made three appearances this summer, but tonight will be his first start. Wonn owns a 1.17 ERA and has worked 7.2 innings while tallying eight strikeouts and walking zero.
Set to opposed Wonn is Rafters starter Isaiah Carranza. Carranza is 4-0 this season and owns a 2.53 ERA through 32 innings. Carranza’s last start came against the Mallards last week when he went 5.1 innings and allowed two runs on five hits while earning the win.
The Mallards are 4-3 against the defending-champion Rafters this season. Madison right fielder Jeffery Mitchell Jr. has compiled seven hits in 20 at bats against the Rafters this season.
The Mallards offense has been on a tear recently as the team has compiled a .321 batting average over the last five games. Eight Mallards own batting averages above .300 over the last five ballgames, highlighted by eight hits each from Zac Taylor (Illinois), Thomas Smart (Oakton), and David Vinsky (Northwood).
University of Florida reliever Andrew Baker has been phenomenal out of the Madison bullpen recently. Baker has three-straight appearances without allowing a run. In his last 8.1 scoreless innings, he has struck out seven while walking only one.
Tonight’s game is scheduled to start at 7:05 PM at Witter Field. The Mallards will return to Warner Park on Friday to play a pair of seven inning games against the Rafters, as the teams makeup a postponed game from July 21st. Game one will begin at 5:05 PM with game two beginning 30 minutes after. Gates will open at 4:00 PM. In-game entertainment will be provided by Rally Entertainment, presented by Endres Manufacturing. For live updates of today’s game, check out @MadisonMallards on Twitter and listen live on The Zone 1670 AM or 106.7 FM WOZN.