Rodebaugh Powers ‘Dogs in Game 1
The MoonDogs traveled to Dick Putz field in St. Cloud on Tuesday to take on the North Division’s first half champions, the River Bats in game one of a double header. Not only were the MoonDogs looking to end a four game skid, but also make history and win for the first time ever at Dick Putz field. With the help of Robert Rodebaugh, who came just a triple shy of hitting for the cycle, the MoonDogs went into St. Cloud and defeated the River Bats 9-4.
After St. Cloud jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, it was the MoonDogs turn to put some runs on the board. Rodebaugh followed a Michael Jenkins single with a homerun to cut the lead to 3-2. The River Bats then came back in the bottom of the second and scored one more run to extend their lead to 4-2, but that’s all the offense the River Bat’s would be able to produce as pitchers Mike Miller and Kevin Regan pitched the final four innings, completely shutting down the River Bats.
The MoonDogs on the other hand, put on a clinic for the River Bats as they scored seven more runs to take a commanding 9-4 lead to deal the River Bats their 13th loss in the second half and gain their first win ever in St. Cloud.
Rodebaugh finished the night going a perfect 3-3 including a homerun and a double, with 3 runs scored, 3 RBI, and 2 walks. Jenkins also helped lead the MoonDogs charge going 3-4 with two runs scored.
Working in two innings, Miller picked up his first Northwoods League win of his career. Regan’s outing marks his 28th appearance, the most of any pitcher in the NWL.
The MoonDogs will continue their double header with the River Bats tonight at 7:05 p.m. To listen to all the action, click the "Listen Live” link on the MoonDogs homepage at www.mankatomoondogs.com. For information or tickets to any upcoming games, contact the MoonDogs Ticket Office at 507-625-7047 or stop by either Hy-Vee location in Mankato.