Mallards bats ignite in victory over Kalamazoo

Mallards bats ignite in victory over Kalamazoo

The Madison Mallards opened the final series of their season-long six-game road swing with a 6-1 victory over the Kalamazoo Growlers Wednesday night at Homer Stryker Field in Kalamazoo. 

For the first time this season, each hitter in Madison’s starting lineup got at least one base-hit in the game.

The Mallards jumped out to an early lead in the top of the first, when Jean Ramirez drove in J.J. Gould on an RBI single. Cameron Frost followed suit with a RBI single in the top of the second.  Jed Sprague hit a two run double in the top of the fourth, and Anthony Gonsolin got an RBI double to give Madison a 6-0 lead heading into the seventh. Kalamazoo would muster up just one run in the bottom of the frame.

Westin Wuethrich allowed no runs on two hits, three walks and four strikeouts over seven innings for the Mallards, which lowered his season ERA to 0.79. Jesse Kay, Vince Arobio and Mike Kaelin combined to allow just one earned run on one hit, three walks and three strikeouts. Kaelin closed the door on Kalamazoo with a strong ninth inning, needing just 16 pitches to extend his scoreless innings streak to 12 2/3 innings.

Dalton D’Spain will start for the Mallards in Thursday’s series finale at Kalamazoo, scheduled for 6:05 p.m. CDT.