(6/8/06) The Mankato MoonDogs committed five errors Thursday night, leading to seven unearned runs in a 10-3 setback against the Rochester Honkers.
The MoonDogs now rank last in the Northwoods League with 20 errors.
First baseman Ryan Manthei had three errors on the night, one of them coming in a six-run seventh inning that broke open a 3-3 tie. The teams had traded runs through the first six innings, with Mankato scoring in the top of the first, only to see Rochester tie the game in the bottom of the first. The Honkers grabbed leads in the third and sixth, with the MoonDogs responding in the top of the fourth and seventh, respectively.
Brandon Davis, returning from an injury suffered Wednesday night that sent him to the hospital, paced the offense by going 3-for-4 with a double and a run batted in. Matt Mossey, in his first start in the field, went 2-for-5. The MoonDogs out-hit the Honkers 12-11, but the defensive lapses were too much to overcome.
Steve Salas (0-2) took the loss after going 6.1 innings, giving up three earned runs on seven hits and striking out three while walking four. Jason Belk was brought out of the bullpen to throw the final 1.2 innings, surrendering four hits and five runs, all of which were unearned.