Mallards drop close contest to Growlers

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The Madison Mallards led early but couldn’t hold on as they lost 5-3 to the Kalamazoo Growlers at Homer Stryker Field.

The Mallards drop to 26-16 on the season, and 3-3 in the second half.

UW-Whitewater prospect Heath Renz started the game and the Mallards and Growlers battled through a pitcher’s duel. Renz was great in his seventh start of the season, as he picked up right where Mitchell Kilkenny left off Sunday; challenging a lineup that features three Northwoods League all-stars. Renz allowed only two hits in his five innings of work, while striking out three Growlers.

It was 1-0 Growlers heading into the fourth inning, when Nico Hoerner lined his third triple of the season into left center field. The very next batter, Zach Jarrett tallied his team leading 33 rd RBI of the season with a ground out to second to tie the score at one.

Cameron Frost led the fifth inning off with a solo home run to left field to give the Mallards a 2-1 lead. It was his third home run of the season, and first since launching a home run in Wausau back on June 13 th .

After Zach Jarrett tripled in the top of the sixth inning, Bryce Carter continued his recent hot streak at the plate with an RBI single to give the Mallards a 3-1 lead.

But Kalamazoo would tie the score in the seventh inning with a 2-run HR, and take the lead with a 2-run eighth. The Mallards were retired in order in the top half of the ninth inning. With the loss, the Mallards split the two game series in Kalamazoo and have now split the first four contests against the Growlers this season.

The Mallards will return home tomorrow night as they play host to the Kenosha Kingfish for the first time this season. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM.