Cody Winiarski kept the Waterloo hitters off balance all night in seven scoreless innings, striking out eight while walking none and scattering four hits.[/media-credit]Harold Riggins did not wait long Wednesday night to let everyone know he was back in the Mallards’ starting lineup.With a runner on in the second, the first baseman drove a first pitch fastball from Waterloo starter Chris Pack over the wall in right center to give his team a 2-0 lead.“He just put it right where I wanted it,” Riggins said of Pack. “It was an elevated fastball, away like belt high and I just saw it and crushed it. It felt pretty good for my first swing coming back.”Riggins was not done, singling twice in the game as well to finish 3-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs scored. He was not the only one hitting well in the game either, as Madison posted 12 runs on 15 hits en route to a 12-0 victory over Waterloo.His first home run proved to be enough, however, as the Mallards got a brilliant pitching performance from starter Cody Winiarski. The righty threw seven scoreless innings, scattering four hits and striking out eight to earn his third win of the season and lower his ERA to 1.84.“It was nice; double digit runs always seem to make it easier as a pitcher,” Winiarski said. “I felt like I was in control the whole time. It seems the last couple times I’ve pitched at home our guys have put up double digit numbers and it just makes it easy for me.”Winiarski’s performance along with strong defense and timely hitting made for a much different game than the previous night.After dropping an ugly 6-3 game Tuesday, the Mallards came back Wednesday with a lot more energy and focus on getting the job done against the Bucks.“I think the guys were to the point where they were thinking ‘let’s put our best foot forward,’” manager C.J. Thieleke said. “I felt from the start of the day that we were really focused and most of the time that carries over to the game.”Riggins got things started with his home run and the rest of the team followed suit. Just two batters after his two-run blast, Troy Channing crushed a ball out to left with a runner on to make it 4-0 with none out in the second.The Mallards kept the inning going, eventually scoring one more run and loading the bases before Riggins grounded out to end the inning.Even with a 5-0 lead, Thieleke’s squad was not satisfied, however, as they added a run in the fourth, four more in the fifth, one more in the sixth and another in the eighth to make it 12-0.“It’s always good to keep pounding a team,” Riggins said. “It gives other hitters confidence and makes the pitcher’s job that much easier. Putting up more runs instead of just cruising always makes for a better result in the end.”Shortstop Joe DePinto was a major part of keeping things going offensively, driving in three runs on a double down the line in left as a part of the four-run fifth inning.Another hitter that hit well on the night was second baseman Mark Ginther, who doubled twice and scored three runs while going 3-for-4 on the night.Ginther also combined with third baseman J.R. Graham in the fifth inning on a double play that helped Winiarski escape his toughest inning of the night.“That double play was huge,” Winiarski said. “They had guys on first and second, and I was able to get the batter to roll over for the grounder. The first time up he (Troy White) hit the ball hard right up the middle for the second hit of the game, but this time I got him on a slider to roll over to third base for the double play.”The Bucks got two on again with one out in the sixth, but Winiarski retired the next two batters to get out of the inning. Waterloo got just one hit — a double in the ninth off reliever Jacob Esch — in the game’s final three innings.With the win, Madison improves to 14-6 and snaps its two-game losing streak while avoiding its first sweep of the season and moving into a first place tie with the Eau Claire Express. Waterloo drops to 6-14 and remains in last place in the South Division of the Northwoods League.
Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Hill said his throwing session “felt like a typical second day after you pitched in a game.” His start in Baltimore on Thursday was his first since June 19 when he suffered a strained flexor tendon in his pitching elbow. He didn’t make it out of the first inning against the Orioles due to the injury to the same knee ligament he injured in spring training, forcing him to miss the first four weeks of this season.“I’ll probably do that again tomorrow — play some catch and long toss and hopefully continue to get the symptoms down and feel good about getting off a mound,” he said.Hill acknowledged that one possibility is finding a way to manage the knee issue long enough for him to be effective in a relief role if not as a starter.“Possibly. We haven’t really discussed that,” Hill said. “But I think that’s something we can talk about as we try to figure out bypassing this mechanically, try to figure out a way to get around that symptom mechanically.”Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he had not spoken with Hill about any of his mechanical schemes to get around the knee injury. While calling Hill “determined,” Roberts sounded skeptical about the possibility. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco “I would never underestimate Rich and I haven’t talked to him about his delivery adjustment,” Roberts said. “But where you’re at right now and you’re already compensating something to change your delivery to mask or appease another part of your body — I haven’t wrapped my head around that concept. So like I said, Rich, you can never underestimate. But I’ll adhere to the MRI once we get it.“I think he’s going to do what he’s going to do. But right now it’s in the training staff’s court, medical and training staff. Once they come to me and tell me he’s ready to pitch then there will be a conversation.”PreviousNew York Mets’ Michael Conforto (30) and Brandon Nimmo celebrate after the team defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu delivers against the New York Mets during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) forces Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Beaty out during the first inning of their baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsNew York Mets’ Brandon Nimmo scores on a three-run double pinch hit by Rajai Davis during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Russell Martin, left, chases the ball as New York Mets’ Jacob deGrom runs to first after bunting during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson reacts after striking out during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom delivers against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)Los Angeles Dodgers’ A.J. Pollock hits a single during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager watches the ball after hitting a single during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)New York Mets’ Michael Conforto (30) and Brandon Nimmo celebrate after the team defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu delivers against the New York Mets during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)NextShow Caption1 of 9Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu delivers against the New York Mets during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)ExpandBELLINGER BATTLEOn May 21, Cody Bellinger was batting .404 with a 1.271 OPS 49 games into the Dodgers’ schedule. But his average and OPS dipped in each of the next three months and he entered Saturday’s game batting .306.The idea that he would maintain those early numbers for a full season was unrealistic, Bellinger said.“I mean, I think people that expected me to maintain that all year aren’t real baseball fans and don’t understand how hard this game is and how long the season is,” Bellinger said earlier this week. “For some people that don’t know the game and how hard it is, yeah, maybe (that was unrealistic).”Bellinger hit .256 though with a robust .945 OPS through June, July and August His numbers have rebounded recently. In 14 games before Saturday, he was 14 for 48 (.292) with 10 walks.“There’s been an adjustment this last month where I think teams are crowding him more,” Roberts said of opposing pitchers. “He’s just got to continue to stay in the strike zone, because as you get to playing playoff teams and in the postseason, they’re going to pitch around him. You have to really be stubborn in the strike zone, and it’s going to challenge Cody from here on out.”UP NEXTDodgers (RHP Walker Buehler 13-3, 3.14 ERA) at Mets (RHP Zack Wheeler 11-7, 4.21 ERA), 4:05 p.m. ESPN, AM 570Related Articles Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start NEW YORK — The way Rich Hill sees it — his season isn’t over until he says it’s over.The knee brace Hill wore for his first three starts this season was shipped to New York, and he wore it Saturday afternoon while throwing on flat ground at Citi Field.The extent of the injury to Hill’s medial collateral ligament won’t be fully known until an MRI in Los Angeles on Monday. But Hill has an idea — that the combination of that brace and an adjustment in his delivery (primarily related to his foot placement) that puts less stress on his left knee when pushing off the rubber might allow him to pitch again before the end of the regular season despite the injury.“If this is something that works, then I want to see it, and then I’ll believe it,” Hill said. “But for right now, I think it’s a good step in the right direction as far as trying to come up with some kind of answer and move forward.”