Woodchucks Fall in Madison
WOODCHUCKS DROP THIRD STRAIGHT
July 2nd, 2021
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Mallards Pull Away Late Against Chucks
MADISON, WI – The Mallards out-hit the Woodchucks 13-2, using a late rally to solidify a 6-2 victory at Warner Park Friday night.
The scoreless tie was broken after a third-inning balk and a bases-loaded walk brought home the only Mallards run off of starter Nate Madej, who suffered his first loss of the season.
Geo Camfield relieved him in the fourth, allowing two runs over three innings in his longest outing since opening day. The two earned runs were the first surrendered by Camfield all season over 12-plus innings out of the bullpen.
The Woodchucks took advantage of a few Madison miscues to score twice in the seventh. A hit batsman and an error preceded back-to-back walks.
Tyler MacGregor, on his 21st birthday, drew a base-on-balls with the bases loaded to bring in the first Woodchucks run. Jacob Burke jogged home, having now scored in all three of his starts since joining the Woodchucks.
Colton Vincent’s RBI groundout plated Antonio Valdez to bring the visitors within one. Tyler Kehoe flew out to deep right field, however, and the Mallards kept the lead.
Madison would strike back in the bottom half of the inning. A two-run double by catcher Drake Baldwin (4-for-4 on the night) was immediately followed by an RBI single which gave Madison their largest and final lead.
Mike Schicker pitched a scoreless eighth inning in his Woodchucks debut, but the visitors were unable to rally back.
The loss drops the Woodchucks to 20-13 on the season. They have now lost three straight for the first time all season long. Fond du Lac’s loss means that the Chucks remain one game behind — now clinging to the slightest of chances to win the first half.
The Woodchucks will close out the series against the Mallards tomorrow at 5:05 pm before heading home. They’ll host the Lakeshore Chinooks on July 4 for a 6:05 pm first pitch with postgame fireworks. The last day of the first half of the season is Monday July 5.
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