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Published On: August 11th, 2006

(8/7/06) Ryan Addison’s two-run single keyed a four-run rally in the fifth inning as the Mankato MoonDogs rained on Brainerd’s Fan Appreciation Night parade Monday, topping the Blue Thunder 6-3.

The MoonDogs completed a two-game sweep of Brainerd, and finished the season series by winning seven of eight contests. With the win, the MoonDogs kept alive their slim hopes of reaching the postseason; Duluth’s win over Waterloo lowered the Huskies’ magic number to clinch the North Division to one.

Early on in Brainerd, it looked as though the MoonDogs would allow Duluth to clinch the title, as the Blue Thunder twice grabbed two-run leads. Aaron Suess had an RBI single and scored on a wild pitch by Mankato starter Kevin Camacho in the second inning, and after a James Keithley RBI double in the top of the fourth, got a run back on Mike Germain’s single in the bottom of the fourth.

But the MoonDogs scratched out four runs in the fifth. Addison’s single scored Michael Parker and Tim Smith, and Shane Buschini and Nate Hanson added sacrifice flies to put the MoonDogs on top, 5-3. Addison finished with a two-hit game, and Smith went 1-for-3 and scored twice.

Camacho earned his first win after six innings that saw him allow three runs on eight hits. Camacho struck out four and walked one before turning the game over to the MoonDogs bullpen, which contributed three shutout innings. Jason Belk allowed two hits in two innings, and Tom Porter tossed a scoreless ninth.