MADISON, Wis. - The Madison Mallards cooled off at home Thursday, and that helped the Lakeshore Chinooks stop the Mallards three-game winning streak.
The Mallards lost 8-4, and dropped to 4-5 in the second half, and 23-21 overall.
Both offenses came out crushing the baseball to start the game. Lakeshore got a pair of runs in the top half of the first on a two-run bomb by Rylan Thomas. However, Madison’s offense responded immediately. The Mallards leadoff man and all-star, Cole Daily, crushed a leadoff dinger to start the bottom of the first. The home run was Daily’s first of the season and pulled Madison within a run. The Mallards were not finished in the first as Sam Armstrong knocked in Doran Turchin on a base hit.
But the Chinook lineup tallied runs in both the second and third innings. Madison starter Tristen Bayless was able to control the damage as the Chinooks stranded a total of five base runners. He exited after five and the Mallards trailed 4-2.
But after the electric first inning, the Madison bats went cold. It took until the bottom of the sixth for the Mallards offense to ignite thanks to the bat of Turchin. With the Mallards trailing 5-2, Turchin smashed a two run shot into the Budweiser Rooftop to bring the Mallards within one. Turchin, who will be participating in the 2017 NWL Home Run Derby, now has nine home runs this season.
While the Mallards drew within striking distance, the Lakeshore lineup refused to be held down. The Chinooks tallied three runs in the top of the eighth to extend their lead to 8-4. Lakeshore relievers Marshall Oetting and Nick Campe were dominant in the final three innings and kept the Mallards off the board.
The Mallards hit the road tomorrow to finish the two-game set with Lakeshore. The game is set to get underway at 6:35 PM at Kapco Park. The Mallards will return home on Sunday, July 16th for a matchup with the Kenosha Kingfish at 4:05 PM. Listen to all Mallards games live by tuning into The Zone 106.7 FM or 1670 AM. For more Mallards coverage, visit mallardsbaseball.com.