MADISON—June 26, 2012—The Madison Mallards used two two-run home runs to take down the Wisconsin Woodchucks by a score of 7-2 and snap the Woodchucks’s three-game winning streak.
The Woodchucks got the scoring started in the first inning when they capitalized on two Mallards errors to take an early lead. After Brooks Braga walked to lead off the inning, a groundball from off the bat of Brad McKewon was misplayed by second baseman Michael McGraw allowing Braga to be safe on second and McKewon on first. The next batter, JD Davis, hit a ball towards third baseman Nicholas Howard, and Howard’s throw towards second went into center field allowing Braga to score and putting the ‘Chucks on top 1-0.
The score would stay 1-0 until the fourth when the Mallards finally broke through. With Mike Reuvekamp on first and no outs, Jeff Zimmerman blasted his second home run of the season over the right-center field wall for a two-run homer to put the Mallards on top 2-1. Two batters later, after a double from Nicholas Howard, Derek Fisher also doubled, scoring Howard and making it a 3-1 lead for the Mallards.
The Woodchucks would cut the lead in half in the sixth when Eric Filia-Snyder picked up the first RBI of his Northwoods League career. With Mike Bernal on first and one out, Filia-Snyder lined a ball into the right-center field gap that scored Bernal. Filia-Snyder was thrown out at third trying to stretch the double into a triple, but it cut the Madison lead to 3-2.
The score would stay 3-2 until the seventh when the Mallards put up another crooked number. John Welborn led off with a single, stole second, and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Reuvekamp to make it 4-2. With a runner on first after a Woodchuck error and two outs, Howard blasted the second Mallard home run of the game to put the Mallards on top 6-2.
The Mallards would add an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth, but they would not need it as they put down the Woodchucks, 7-2. The rubber game of the three game set will be tomorrow at Warner Park with first pitch at 7:05.
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