Tuesday Night Recap

Mankato 4, Rochester 3

The Mankato MoonDogs beat the Rochester Honkers 4-3 on Tuesday afternoon at Franklin Rogers Park. The MoonDogs were carried by Shaun Cooper (Utah) and starting pitcher Alex Blackford (Arizona St.). Cooper continued his record setting season by setting the MoonDogs single season record for RBI with his 48th RBI of the season on Tuesday. Cooper was 1-for-4 on the day with two RBIs and a double. Blackford pitched his best game of the season thus far, pitching six innings and giving up six hits that scored three runs, only one of them an earned run, and struck out five Honkers.

Wisconsin 11, Eau Claire 9

After falling behind 7-0 after only two innings, the Wisconsin Woodchucks rallied back to score 11 runs and snap a six-game losing streak over the visiting Eau Claire Express. Both starting pitchers – Matt McDaniel (San Diego State) and Nick Greene (Rio Hondo) – lasted only two innings in a game where 17 runs were scored in only the first three innings. Anthony Drobnick (Washington State) pitched the ninth and collected his third save of the season, securing Jake Long his first win as a Woodchuck.

Battle Creek 10, Madison 5

The Madison Mallards were defeated by the Battle Creek Bombers 10-5 in front of 6,131 fans at the "Duck Pond" Tuesday night. The Mallards could not find a way to comeback after the Bombers scored nine runs in the first three innings off of starter Tom Windle (Minnesota). The Bombers scored all ten of their runs within the first four innings by tallying four in the first, three in the second, two in the third, and one in the fourth. The Bombers were led by Jordan Dean (Central Michigan), Daniel Rockett (Texas – San Antonio), and Jimmy Martinez (Western Michigan), who all had two hits on the night. Dean, Rockett, and Ryne Otis (Taylor University) drove in two runs each.

Alexandria 10, Thunder Bay 5

The Alexandria Beetles erupted for eight runs in the last of the 7th inning to beat the Border Cats 10-5 Tuesday night at Knute Nelson Memorial Park. The Cats had 5-2 lead heading into the 7th thanks to a trio of home runs by Cullen Mahoney (South Mountain College), Alex Guthrie (Loyola Marymount) and Ino Patron (Long Beach State).  Guthrie, Patron, Casey Selsor (Texas-San Antonio) and Mike Hubbard (Stony Brook University) all had two hits as the Cats saw their second half record slip to 9-8.  Joseph Koon (Southeastern Louisiana) started for the Cats, but ran into trouble to start the 7th inning.  Koon pitched 6.1 innings and allowed nine hits and six runs.  The right-hander walked three and struck out two.  Cory Caruso (Cal-State San Bernardino) gave up one run in one-third of an inning to take the loss and fall to 0-1.


Brainerd 7, Willmar 6

With the game tied at 6 in the Bottom of the 10th, the Brainerd Lakes Area Lunkers Vince Bruno (California) delivered a single into center field to bring home Wade Wass (Meridian CC), as the Lunkers walked-off with a 7-6 victory over the Willmar Stingers Tuesday night at Mills Field. Bruno had two RBIs for the Lunkers. Tommy Reyes (UC-Irvine) had a great night for Brainerd Lakes Area, going 3-for-4, including a two-run home run to left field in the fourth. Aaron Griffin (Loyola Marymount) got the start for the Lunkers in his final appearance in the Lunker uniform this summer. He went 5.0 innings, giving up four runs on six hits, taking a no decision.

Green Bay 5, Waterloo 2

Bullfrogs’ reliever John Colella (Holy Cross) pitched out of a no-out bases loaded jam in the seventh and Green Bay won game two of the three game series with the Waterloo Bucks Tuesday night at Joannes Stadium. Bullfrogs starter Tim Giel (Columbia) pitched six innings for the win and Colella earned his seventh save of the year. The win keeps Green Bay within two and a half games of first place and have now won five or their last six. 

La Crosse 6, Wisconsin Rapids 5

A large crowd of 3,143 made their way to Copeland Park on Tuesday night and left satisfied.  In a tight, competitive game, the Loggers snuck out a 6-5 victory over the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters on the right, submarine arm of Michael Schum (Wright State).  The win, mixed with a Waterloo loss, put the Loggers in sole possession of first place in the NWL South Division.

St. Cloud 7, Duluth 6