While the fans at Wade Stadium were hoping that Sunday’s game would be a gift, the Huskies couldn’t pull off a win for the annual “Christmas in July” game.
The Huskies’ bats fell flat, picking up just six hits and failing to score a run against the Mankato MoonDogs. Starting pitcher Andrew Fisher (4-0, 1.40) went eight innings, striking out five and walking just three. He escaped three bases-loaded jams throughout the game and threw a nasty slider to perfection.
On the other side, Huskies’ starter Garrett Brown (4-4, 4.57) ran into some trouble in the third inning when Mankato jumped for three runs. Daniel Amaral singled, Kyle Cuellar tripled and Zac Wiley added a sacrifice-fly to score all three runs in the inning. The MoonDogs scored one apiece in the seventh, eighth, and ninth innings to extend their lead to six.
With the loss, the Huskies now fall 1.5 games back of the MoonDogs for first place in the Northwoods North Division. The Huskies have yet to have sole possession of first place throughout the entire season but will see Mankato again on Thursday and Friday of this week.
The Huskies will play a doubleheader game tomorrow against the La Crosse Loggers. The first game is at 5:05 with gates opening at 4:05. Both games will be seven innings each with game two starting approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of game one. One ticket grants fans admission to both games.