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Blue Anchors' bats held scoreless in 2-0 loss to Madison

The Alexandria Blue Anchors struggled to get the bats going on Monday night in a 2-0 loss to Madison at Knute Nelson Ballpark.

The Alexandria pitching staff combined to only allow two runs to the Mallards in the game, but the Blue Anchors offense only managed to pick up three hits. Blue Anchors manager Al Newman was happy to see his pitching staff keep the game close and gave the Mallards some credit for a slow night at the plate.

“Our pitching staff for the last four or five games has done really well,” Newman said. “Today was one of those games where their pitcher was very good.”

Starting pitcher Sean Stutzman was handed the loss after going 3 ⅔ innings but only allowing one earned run. Kevin Walsh came on for a little over two innings of relief, and Austin Smith also threw two innings of scoreless relief.

Stutzman was happy with his ability to hold the Mallards’ offense to only one run but wished he could have cut down on the three walks he allowed to pitch deeper into the ballgame.

“I’d like my pitch count and walks to be minimized more, but I minimized their runs and all that pretty well,” he said. “I felt like if I was in the zone more it would have been a better outing for me.”

The Mallards managed to score one more run off Graylon Brown in the ninth inning, and those two runs were more than enough to finish off the victory.

Jordan Lee led the Blue Anchors offense by going 2-for-3 and also reaching base on a walk in the game. Lee said he came to the ballpark early this evening to work on his swing, and that work appeared to pay off.

“I felt good,” Lee said about his game today. “I came out here really early, like five hours before the game, and took some extra batting practice. Yesterday I felt alright, but my swing didn’t feel as good.”

The loss dropped Alexandria to 6-21 this season. The Blue Anchors will hit the road for a game tomorrow in St. Cloud before returning to Knute Nelson Ballpark on Wednesday for a contest versus Mankato.

Blaze Fugina

Blaze Fugina is the sports editor of the Woodbury and South Washington County Bulletin newspapers. Previously, Blaze worked as a sports editor for the Pierce County Herald and a sports reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in May of 2011. You can follow Blaze on Twitter at @BlazeFugina.

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