WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. - The Madison Mallards (6-3, 24-18) took down the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (3-4, 15-27) Tuesday night by a score of 8-4.
Left fielder Alex Bacon hit a two run home run to put the Mallards up 2-0 and added a triple in the ninth, scoring on an error later in the inning to finish 2-for-5 with two runs and two RBI.
The Rafters responded in the bottom of the second and added one run in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings.
The Mallards scored three runs in the fourth, helped by designated hitter Pete Alonso's RBI single, his 27th of the year, to drive in second baseman Robbie Tenerowicz and bring the score to 5-2. Alonso finished 2-for-4 with two singles.
Right fielder Connor Marabell added a run in the eighth inning, doubling to score Tenerowicz, who reached on a single and stole second during Marabell's at bat. The Mallards would go on to score two runs in the ninth, bringing their lead to 8-4.
Closer Tim Black shut down the Rafters in the eighth and ninth innings, giving up one run on two hits while striking out four.
Mallards starter Christian Taugner (Brown) went five innings, striking out eight while allowing one run on four hits.
The Mallards teed off on Rafters starter Jeff Gogue, scoring five runs on seven hits against the lefty. He walked four while striking out three in the loss.
The Mallards stay in Wisconsin Rapids Wednesday to wrap up a five game road trip against the Rafters at 7:05 pm before returning to the "Duck Pond" on Friday to begin a three game home series against the Rafters at 7:05 pm.