Tonight’s game between the River Bats and the MoonDogs was being hyped as the best pitching matchup of the year, having two of the leagues best square off against one another. Thomas Diamond for St. Cloud and Will Krout for the MoonDogs lead the league in almost every pitching category. And tonight, they proved why.
Diamond threw nine strong innings, still being clocked in the mid-90’s in the ninth, striking out 16 along the way but Will Krout once again threw an amazing game going all 10 innings of the game striking out 11 giving up only 3 hits and didn’t surrender a run, which continues his unearned run streak to 28.1 consecutive innings.
Offensive was sparse for both teams due to the extremely talented pitchers duel but in the 10th, facing a new St. Cloud pitcher, the MoonDogs came to life.
A one out single by Aaron Grant followed by a stolen base and a walk to Ryan Chiarelli put the bat into the hands of hometown boy Jay Nessler. Nessler singled allowing Grant to score from second and the MoonDogs won 1-0 in 10 innings.