Mallards offense, bullpen fall short in loss

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The Madison Mallards weren’t able to take advantage of Patrick Doyle’s strong outing Tuesday, after a lack of offense and a bullpen letdown led the Mallards to their second straight loss.

Boyle threw five scoreless innings in which he only allowed three base runners, but the Mallards gave up four runs over the last four innings to lose 4-2 to the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters.

Troy Bacon took the loss In his first appearance of 2016. He allowed four runs in an inning and a third. Bacon only allowed two hits, but one of them was a home run, and wild pitches and walks didn’t help him either.

The Mallards lineup only recorded only five hits and two runs the entire game. The Mallards jumped out to a 2-0 lead after three innings, but were not able to take advantage of any opportunities late in the game. Cameron Frost managed to go 2-for-4, but several other Mallards went hitless.

“Sometimes you just have those days,” said Sam Armstrong (Jacksonville University). “We sat on the lead and got too relaxed.”

Cameron Busby got the win for the Rafters, as the submariner pitched 3 2/3 hitless innings in relief. He struck out two and never looked rattled. He only allowed one base runner in his outing, allowing a 3-2 walk with two outs in the ninth.

Madison will travel to Lakeshore tomorrow to take on the Chinooks. Donnie Scott will give the ball to left-hander Mike Reitcheck, who struck out six over five innings in his last start.

The Mallards will return to the Duck Pond Thursday, June 9 th, to take on the Lakeshore Chinooks.