Mallards sweep La Crosse in doubleheader

first_imgWhile the All-Star Break provided a rest for the Madison Mallards, this weekend surely a changeof pace. After treacherous weather postponed the Mallards’ Thursday night game, they wereforced to play a double-header on Friday. The Mallards were able to come out with one of thevictories against the Eau Claire Express. Most importantly, they were able to save their energyfor Saturday’s double-header against the La Crosse Loggers, winning both games in decisivefashion.In the first game, the Mallards jumped out to an early 2-0 lead thanks to a bases loaded 2 RBIsingle by catcher Adam Davis in the bottom of the first inning. Davis finished the game withthe lone hit, but managed another RBI in the third inning, scoring infielder Reed Gargnani andgiving Davis his 29th RBI of the season.The story of the game was Gargnani, who went 3-for-4 with both of his runs coming off of Davis.Gargnani picked up his sixth double of the season and now has two straight multi-hit games.More impressively, Gargnani has only six hitless games since June 22.Mallard’s infielder Jon Pierre Garcia’s solo homerun in the bottom of the sixth inning proved tobe the nail in the coffin for the Loggers, as they went on to lose 4-1. Junior pitcher Matt Morganpicked up his third win of the season for the Mallards, while pitcher J.R. Graham picked up hisfourth save of the year.The win enabled the Mallards to head into their second game of the day with a much deservedsense of confidence. Just like in their first game, the Mallards pounced all over La Crosseearly, expect this time they didn’t stop. Mallard’s outfielder Harold Riggins drove in 2 runs in thebottom of the first inning, with infielder Jacob Esch also driving in one run. The hit by Rigginsmarked the 32nd straight game he has reached base safely, which leads the league.The onslaught continued as the Mallards batted around the order in the second inning, puttingup six runs off of four hits. Four of the runs in the second inning came off of Garcia’s grandslam, which marked his second home run of the double header. As if the Mallards needed anymore runs, they continued to pour them on with a three-run inning in the fifth. The Mallardsended up crushing the Loggers 12-1. Mallard’s pitcher Matt LaMothe finished the game with 4strikeouts, picking up his third win of the season. Reliever Nick Rice picked up the save, his firstof the season.While the bats were hot in both games, especially the second game, the pitching was evenbetter. As a matter of fact, in their four games since the All-Star Break, the Mallards have onlygiven up a total of four runs, which is something manager C.J. Thielke is impressed by.“It all begins with starting pitching,” Thieleke said. “Our last four starters [LaMothe, Morgan,Uriegas and Shellhorn] are all providing the team with an effective top of the rotation and that’swhat we’re looking for.”This weekend not only proved to be huge in the standings for the Mallards, moving them intothird place in the division, it also provided a chance for manager Thielke to get a look at some ofthe guys on his bench.“The guys showed great energy,” Thielke said. “It was exciting to see guys, who don’t alwaysplay, produce for us. I think it says a lot about the kind of depth we have on this team.”The Mallards look to extend their win streak to four games heading into their final game of theseries against La Crosse Sunday night. With a win, they could move into a tie for second placewith the Wisconsin Woodchucks, setting them up nicely for a possible playoff-birth.last_img read more

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Angels’ comeback comes up short in nightcap loss to Rangers

first_img“It definitely wasn’t easy,” Goodwin said after playing all 20 innings in the field in upper 90s temperatures. “We did the best we could to stay hydrated. The training staff did a good job all day of keeping us in good shape and being able to go out there and give it our all. … It’s just a tough day. They had to do the same thing. I don’t think it was easy for anybody.”The starting pitchers in the night game, who had likely spent the entire afternoon inside while their teammates battled through the day game, were in control for most of the time.Jaime Barría and Rangers left-hander Brock Burke, who was making his major league debut, matched zeroes for the first four innings. Barria did not allow a run until the fifth, when he gave up a homer to Solak and then an RBI single to Danny Santana.Barría was outdueled by Burke, who shut out the Angels over six innings. Burke, a former third-round pick, threw fastballs averaging 92 mph with 75 of his 99 pitches.“He’s got good stuff,” Angels manager Brad Ausmus said. “Tough angle for the hitters in terms of picking up the ball. I thought he was actually really impressive for a young pitcher. He looks like he’s got a chance to be pretty good.” Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Related Articles Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros The Angels managed just four hits and two walks against Burke in six innings. After Shohei Ohtani’s leadoff single in the fourth, Justin Upton hit into a double play.In the sixth, the Angels had two on with two out when Pujols hit a fly ball to deep right field.After Burke left with a 2-0 lead, the Angels got one run back in the eighth on an RBI double by Ohtani, his third hit of the game.With one out in the ninth, Goodwin blasted his 12th homer of the season, tying the score. It was the latest contribution from a player picked up just before Opening Day, when Upton got hurt.“He’s been tremendous,” Ausmus said. “No one knew him, hadn’t spent spring training with him. He got a lot of playing time initially because Upton was out and he performed extremely well and now he’s in a role where he’s not playing quite as much and continues to perform well. It’s been huge.”center_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield PreviousTexas Rangers’ Nick Solak (15) is greeted by Elvis Andrus, left, Nomar Mazara, rear, and Jose Trevino, right, after Solak reached first on a fielding error by Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols that allowed Delino DeShields to score in the 11th inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019. The Rangers won 3-2. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jaime Barria throws to the Texas Rangers in the first inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Texas Rangers starting pitcher Brock Burke throws to the Los Angeles Angels in the first inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019. Burke made his major league debut in the game. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout reaches up to field a fly out by Texas Rangers’ Elvis Andrus in the first inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani swings at a pitch from Texas Rangers starter Brock Burke as catcher Jose Trevino watches in the first inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019. Ohtani grounded out to shortstop Elvis Andrus in the at-bat. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Texas Rangers third baseman Logan Forsythe fields a ground out by Los Angeles Angels’ Max Stassi in the fifth inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Texas Rangers’ Nick Solak, front, runs past Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols after hitting his first major league home run in the fifth inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019. The shot came off of Angels starter Jaime Barria. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Texas Rangers’ Nick Solak (15) is congratulated by manager Chris Woodward, left, and Elvis Andrus, right, after Solak hit his first major league home run in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Arlington, Texas, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019. The shot came off of Angels starter Jaime Barria. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Angels’ David Fletcher follows through on a double off a pitch from Texas Rangers starter Brock Burke in the fourth inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Miguel Del Pozo throws to the Texas Rangers in the sixth inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019. The appearance was Del Pozo’s major league debut. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Texas Rangers starting pitcher Brock Burke pounds his glove with his fist after getting Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols to fly out to right for the final out in the top of the sixth inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019. Burke made his major league debut in the game. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani sprints out of the box after hitting an RBI double off Texas Rangers’ Shawn Kelley during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani gestures to the dugout after hitting an RBI double, next to umpire Tom Hallion (20), during the eighth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)The Angels’ Justin Upton is escorted to the dugout by Manager Brad Ausmus after Upton struck out during the eighth inning of the second game of Tuesday’s doubleheader against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas. Upton tossed his batting gear along the third base line after striking out. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Angels second baseman Luis Rengifo (4) is unable to reach around to tag Texas Rangers’ Delino DeShields, who stole second during the 11th inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Texas Rangers’ Nomar Mazara, left, and teammates mob Nick Solak, second from left dropping his helmet, after Solak reached first on a fielding error by Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols that allowed Delino DeShields to score in the 11th inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019. The Rangers won 3-2. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Texas Rangers’ Nick Solak (15) is greeted by Elvis Andrus, left, Nomar Mazara, rear, and Jose Trevino, right, after Solak reached first on a fielding error by Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols that allowed Delino DeShields to score in the 11th inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019. The Rangers won 3-2. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jaime Barria throws to the Texas Rangers in the first inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)NextShow Caption1 of 16Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jaime Barria throws to the Texas Rangers in the first inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)ExpandARLINGTON, Texas — Brian Goodwin made a long day for the Angels even longer, but not with the end result they wanted.Goodwin’s game-tying homer in the ninth inning against Texas Rangers closer José Leclerc on Tuesday night tied the score, only for the Angels to still lose 3-2 when Ty Buttrey gave up a run on an Albert Pujols error in the 11th.Buttrey, pitching for the third day in a row, gave up a one-out single to Delino DeShields. An out later, DeShields stole second. Buttrey then walked Logan Forsythe. Nick Solak hit a sharp ground ball to Pujols, who let it get past him and into right field as the winning run scored.The Angels ended up with a doubleheader split, after winning the day game 5-1 behind a dominant performance by Andrew Heaney and Mike Trout’s career-high 42nd homer. Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros last_img read more

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