(Mankato, MN) – An hour and forty-five minute rain delay and a fifteen minute delay when the lights went out couldn’t stop the MoonDogs (6-10) from finishing their sweep of the Battle Creek Bombers (6-10) on Saturday night. When the rain finally stopped, the MoonDogs were able to get solid pitching from starter Luke Vine (2-1) and timely hitting to take down the Bombers 4-2 in Mankato.
The MoonDogs managed only four hits on the evening off effective Bomber pitching, but the hits came at the right time. For the MoonDogs, shortstop Sean Nicol, third baseman Nate Hanson, designated hitter Ben Geelan each recorded a double with Nicol scoring once and driving in one, Hanson recording one RBI, and Geelan scoring a run on right fielder James Keithley’s single in the sixth, which proved to be the go-ahead run.
The MoonDogs got efficient pitching from starter Luke Vine. Vine went seven innings, giving up just two runs on five hits while striking out seven. Reliever Will Palmer pitched 2/3 of an inning, giving up just one hit, and closer Blake Devries recorded his third save of the season by pitching a scoreless 1 1/3 innings to finish the game.
The Bombers, who scored both their runs in the second inning, were led by catcher Jimmy Tanner, who went 2-for-4 while driving in a run. Designated hitter Tony Sanchez and second baseman Matt Hacker each went 1-for-3 with Sanchez scoring once and Hacker recording an RBI. First baseman Mike Baillergeon was also 1-for-4 with a run scored.
For the Bombers, starter Charlie Short (2-1) took the loss, going 5 1/3 innings, giving up just two earned runs on three hits and striking out six. Reliever Drew Short threw an inning and a third, giving up one run on one hit, and Chad Emberton finished the game for Battle Creek, going 1 1/3 innings without giving up a hit.
The MoonDogs travel to Brainerd tomorrow for a series with the Blue Thunder. They will be back at Franklin Rogers Park on Tuesday, June 19 for a second series in a row with Brainerd.