For the 25th time this year, the MoonDogs game ended in 1 run, and for the 16th time, the ‘Dogs came up on the losing end, as the Mallards won 3-2 Thursday night in Madison.
Things looked good early on with the ‘Dogs picking up a run in the second and fourth inning to take a 2-0 lead through the fifth inning.
Cole DeVries took the hill for Mankato and went unscathed for 5 innings, but in the sixth inning Madison figured him out, as they scored three runs before DeVries got the third out.
From the seventh inning on, both bullpens shut down the opposing offense, with Matt Petty picking up his seventh save for Madison.
With a loss from Waterloo, coupled with a win from Madison, the Mallards clinched a playoff spot in the South Division.
DeVries (1-6) took the loss, giving up 3 runs on 6 hits, walking 2 and striking out 9 Mallards.
Ricky Bauer (7-2) garnered his seventh win on the season for the Mallards, tossing 7 innings, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits, walking 1 and fanning 6.
Grant Rembert blasted his fourth home run of the season, finishing 1-3 with a run scored and an RBI, while Kevin Dixon went 2-4 with a double and a run scored.