(8/12/05) Coming off a dramatic extra inning win on Thursday night, the MoonDogs looked to go into St. Cloud and sweep the North Division first half champion, River Bats. The River Bats would not allow the ‘Dogs to win their seventh straight game against them though, as their offense exploded with 13 hits including a three run home run from Kevin Carlson to roll over the MoonDogs 7-1.
The MoonDogs only run of the game came in the second inning when Drew Davis hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score Shane Buschini. Davis finished the game 1-2 with one double, one walk and one RBI. The River Bats answered in the bottom of the second with one run to tie the game at 1-1. Devastation hit the MoonDogs in the fourth and fifth innings when the River Bats put together back to back three run innings, highlighted by Carlson’s three run shot. With the score 7-1, the River Bats went onto victory, preventing the sweep.
All-Star Bobby Lewton, the leagues leader in ERA, dealt his last game of the season for the MoonDogs. Lewton was roughed up in his five innings of work as he picked up just his second loss of the season but still maintained an astounding 1.88 ERA. Derek Tarapacki and Mike Miller each worked an inning allowing no runs. Kevin Regan made his NWL record breaking 38th appearance allowing just one hit while striking out one batter.
Second baseman, Matt Mossey, led the MoonDogs in hitting, collecting two hits including a double. Travis Howell also collected two hits in the game, turning in a 2-3 performance on the night.
The MoonDogs travel to Brainerd on Saturday to play the Blue Thunder in their final series of the 2005 season at 7:05 p.m. To listen, click the "Listen Live” link on the MoonDogs homepage at www.mankatomoondogs.com where the talented John Hadden will have the call. For information call the MoonDogs Ticket Office at 507-625-7047.