Hoffmann, Frost propel Mallards to key victory over Growlers

Hoffmann, Frost propel Mallards to key victory over Growlers

Nate Hoffmann got his fourth win, Cameron Frost socked his fifth home run and Mike Kaelin notched his eighth save of the summer as the Madison Mallards earned a 3-2 victory over the Kalamazoo Growlers Monday night at Homer Stryker Field in Kalamazoo.

Madison’s lineup jumped on Kalamazoo starting pitcher Josh Alberius early, scoring a run in the top of the first inning courtesy of Jean Ramirez’s single to bring home Anthony Gonsolin to manufacture the game’s first lead. The Mallards struck again in the top half of the second thanks to J.J. Gould’s ground-out, scoring Frost and giving Hoffmann a 2-0 lead to work with.

The 6-foot-2 right hander didn’t allow any runs in 5 2/3 innings for the Mallards, who maintained their 2-0 lead heading into the ninth.

The Mallards tacked on an insurance run in the top of the ninth thanks to Frost’s home run over the left field wall, which was his first round-tripper since July 1 against Kalamazoo. The blast capped a 2-for-4 night with two runs scored and one driven in for Madison’s centerfielder.

Alex Gosser’s two-run home run off Kaelin in the bottom of the ninth provided a late spark for the Growlers, though Kaelin recovered quickly to retire the side en route to the victory, which stopped Madison’s brief three-game losing streak.