The Madison Mallards slipped below .500 Monday night at the Duck Pond, and the main reason was the lack of control by their pitching staff.
Five Madison pitchers uncorked six walks and seven wild pitches on their way to a 9-6 loss to the Wisconsin Woodchucks in Wausau.
The Mallards had a 6-5 lead going into the bottom of the eighth, but they managed to lose it behind reliever Hobie McClain. McClain threw two wild pitches, hit a batter, walked one and was charged with an error all in 2/3 of an inning of work. He also gave up four runs on two hits.
Tyler Marincov had two RBI hits for the Mallards. The two teams play again Tuesday night in Wausau.