by Bryon Graff
WAUSAU (WAOW) - In his first start since throwing a no-hitter, Bobby Pritchett gives up three solo home runs as the Mallards build a 4-0 lead and eventually win 4-1.
Online Reporter: Bryon Graff
Official Press Release Courtesy of Wisconsin Woodchucks
Micah Schroeder, Director of Media Relations
Home Runs Power Mallards Past Woodchucks
WAUSAU, WI - June 18th, 2009 - The Madison Mallards blasted three home runs and got a solid pitching debut from Derek Self as they came to Athletic Park Thursday night and defeated the Wisconsin Woodchucks by a final score of 4-1.
Bobby Pritchett, who threw a no-hitter in his last start, picked up right where he left off as he retired the first four batters he faced. But in the second inning, Mark Ginther ended Pritchett's no-hit bid early as he blasted a fastball over the right-center field wall to give the Mallards a 1-0 lead. Harold Riggins followed that at-bat up with a double off the left field wall and later scored as the Mallards led 2-0 after two innings.
Joe Patterson extended the Woodchucks lead with a solo blast to right field to make it 3-0. Patterson was not done though, as he hit another solo shot in the top of the sixth to extend the lead to 4-0. The ‘Chucks put up a run in the bottom of the seventh on an RBI single by Troy Frazier (Kentucky), but that's all the offense they would get in a 4-1 defeat.
Bobby Pritchett (Central Arkansas) took the loss for the ‘Chucks after giving up four runs on six hits while striking out six in 5.1 innings of work. Bryce Butt was impressive in his Woodchucks debut in relief as he did not allow a run and struck out four in the final 3.2 innings.
Derek Self got the win for the Mallards after six shutout innings where he surrendered just three hits. J.R. Graham closed out the final three innings and gave up just one run as he recorded the save.
The ‘Chucks got a single from all but two batters in their lineup, but were not able to string together a big inning. Patterson was the only player to record two hits in the game, as he hit his first two home runs of the season in the contest.
Wisconsin will now head on the road for another five game road stand which starts tomorrow as they will be traveling down to Madison for a rematch with the Mallards set to begin at 7:05 pm.
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