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MoonDogs Mop it up!

MoonDogs Mop It Up!
(7/30/05)

The Mankato MoonDogs and Waterloo Bucks faced off on Saturday night at Franklin Rogers Park in game-two of their two-game series. Coming off a dramatic win in the ninth inning the night before, the MoonDogs hoped to use their momentum to propel themselves to victory over the Bucks. With solid pitching from MoonDogs starter Brad Depoy and the bullpen, coupled with great hitting including a perfect 3-3 night from Aaron Grant, the MoonDogs did just that as they shot down the Bucks 7-1 to sweep the two game series.

The MoonDogs got started in the third inning when Ryan Addison singled with the bases loaded to score a pair of runs and take a 2-0 lead. The runs continued to flow in the fourth as Aaron Grant singled to plate a run and Shane Buschini scored on a wild pitch to extend the lead to 4-0.

The Bucks finally got on the board in the fifth inning when Joe Roundy led off the inning with a triple and was later hit in by a Nathan Hines single. But Depoy was too strong for the Bucks as he pitched six innings allowing just four hits and one run while striking out nine batters. The MoonDogs bullpen shut down the Bucks as well, as Kevin Regan, Pat Cassa, and Neil Wagner allowed no runs or hits in the last three innings.

The MoonDogs offense continued to shine as they generated three more runs over the last three innings to defeat the Waterloo Bucks 7-1.

In just his second game back from injuring his hamstring at the All-Star game, Aaron Grant drove in two runs, scored one run, and walked twice while going a perfect 3-3 at the plate, earning himself the Northwoods League "Player of the Night". Ryan Addison also drove in two runs while going 2-5 on the night.

The MoonDogs will enjoy an off day on Sunday to rest up for their series against the Duluth Huskies beginning Monday night in Mankato at 7:05 p.m. Monday night is "Muttnik Bobblehead Night” presented by KEYC and Midwest Wireless. For tickets call the MoonDogs Ticket Office at 507-625-7047 or stop by either Hy-Vee location in Mankato.