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Published On: August 3rd, 2003

If you live near Franklin Rogers Park, then you heard thunder, but it wasn’t a storm that caused it. Instead it was the roar or an all-time franchise record 1,297 fans cheering on the MoonDogs as they defeated the Waterloo Bucks 6-3.

Clay Tichota, 6-4, threw a masterful game through 7 innings of play. Allowing just 3 hits and only 3 runs while striking out 8, the Bucks couldn’t figure he or MoonDogs closer Philip Springman out. Springman got his 3rd save, as he pitched the 8th and 9th innings without allowing a single base runner.

The MoonDogs offense found a quick start once again, scoring all 6 runs in the first 4 innings. Jay Nessler picked up 2 RBI in the bottom of the first to put the Dogs ahead 2-1. Another run in the 3rd and 3 more in the 4th finished the job for the MoonDogs.

Next up are the River Bats when the MoonDogs travel to St. Cloud for a 2-game weekend series. They are back home Monday for a doubleheader against the Madison Mallards. The first pitch of Game 1 is 6:05 pm. Gates open at 5:05pm.