The Madison Mallards jumped
out to an early 6-1 lead over the Wisconsin Woodchucks, and it would be too
much for the ‘Chucks to overcome as the Mallards took the 8-5 victory.
The Woodchucks would get on the board in the first inning off of Mallard starter Nick Sutherland. After Madison Carter doubled to lead the ballgame off, he would score later in the inning on a Brendon Hayden RBI single, Hayden's 47th RBI of the season, giving the Woodchucks a 1-0 lead.
The lead would not last long, however, as the Mallards would touch the Woodchucks up for two runs in the bottom of the inning. After Tyler Marincov reached on a throwing error by Joe Luvisi with two outs, he would later steal second base and score on a double by Derek Fisher. While Fisher was on second, Jeff Zimmerman singled off the right-field wall. Zimmerman and Fisher both trotted as they thought the ball was going to be a home run. Eric Filia-Snyder fielded the ball off the wall, threw a laser to second base to snag Zimmerman for the third out. Home plate umpire Thomas Perko determined that Fisher crossed home plate before Zimmerman was tagged out at second, allowing the run score, and making it a 2-1 Mallard lead.
After Sutherland threw a 1-2-3 second, the Mallards would score two more in the bottom of the frame. Lead-off batter Mike Reuvekamp was hit by a pitch by Woodchuck starter Adam Kramer and went to second on a bunt single by Tom Sawyer. The next batter, Jacob Reese, also dropped down a bunt, and Joe Luvisi's throw to first was dropped by Joe Serrano, allowing Reuvekamp to score with no outs recorded on the play. The next batter, Greg Rhude, flew out to left, Sawyer tagged from third and scored as the Mallards took a 4-1 lead.
Tyler Marincov led off the third inning with a double for the Mallards as the Mallards loaded the bases with no outs. Reuvekamp drove in Marincov with a sacrifice fly, but that would be all they would get as Kramer worked out of a jam, trailing 5-1.
The Mallards would score for the fourth consecutive inning as they tacked on one more in the fourth. After a lead-off double by Greg Rhude, he would score on an error by Carter, extending the Mallard lead to five runs.
The Woodchucks would begin their comeback attempt in the following inning. After Carter singled with one out, he would steal second base with Brooks Braga at the plate. Braga doubled down the left field line, scoring Carter, and making the score 6-2. With Braga on third and Filia-Snyder on second, Serrano hit a two-run, two-out double, cutting the Mallard lead to two runs.
The Mallards would gain one of those runs back in the sixth, however. After Rhude led off with a walk, he would later score on a sacrifice fly by Marincov, making it a 7-4 lead for the Mallards.
The Woodchucks would counter back with a run of their own in the seventh. Braga reached on an error by Sawyer and would later score on Hayden's second RBI of the game, this one a sacrifice fly, making it a 7-5 Mallard lead.
The Mallards would add some insurance in the eighth on an RBI-triple by Marincov, but they would not need it as they downed the ‘Chucks, 8-5.
The two teams will face off again tomorrow at 6:35 for the second game of the three-game set. The final game will be at Athletic Park for fan appreciation night on Sunday, with first pitch at 5:05.
Courtesy: Wisconsin Woodchucks
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