MoonDogs Drop Second Straight

(6/2/06) A record crowd, near-perfect weather, post-game fireworks, and 1991 Minnesota Twins World Series hero Jack Morris. The Mankato MoonDogs rang in the home portion of their schedule in style Friday night, with the lone exception of the final score.

A MoonDogs single-game record of 1,886 fans turned out to see the MoonDogs drop their second consecutive game to the Waterloo Bucks, 10-3. As in Thursday’s season-opening 1-0 defeat, Mankato’s bats were silent for most of the night, though they did earn their first lead of the season in the third inning. A wild pitch by Bucks starter Aaron Jenkins scored Bobby Verbick from third base to give the ‘Dogs a 1-0 lead.

The Bucks would quickly regain the lead in the top half of the fourth inning when they scored 4 runs off of MoonDogs starter Brandon Thomson. The Dogs rallied for one of their own in the home-half of the inning, bringing the score to 4-2.

Waterloo then took commanding control of the game by scoring another four runs in the 5th and continued to lead for the remainder of the game. The MoonDogs answered with a run in the bottom of the 8th, but it was to no avail.

Shortstop Nate Hanson collected two hits on the night, while Verbick, Sean Halton, and Adam Kampsen scored the MoonDogs three runs.

Thomson struck out 10 batters in 4.2 innings of work, while Jenkins answered with 15 punchouts of his own in 7 innings on the hill for the Bucks.

The MoonDogs now travel to Madison for a two-game series with the Mallards and then to La Crosse for a 2-game set with the Loggers before returning home on Wednesday, June 7 for Magnet Schedule Night presented by TCF Bank. Game time is 7:05 p.m. and the first 1,000 fans will receive a free magnet schedule courtesy of TCF Bank.

Mankato MoonDogs– Baseball Unleashed!