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MoonDogs Can’t Hold On Lose 5-3

(Mankato, MN) – The MoonDogs (10-14) took a one run lead into the top of the eighth inning, but could not hold it as the Woodchucks (11-13) rallied late to take the win away. The MoonDogs were led by a strong start by pitcher Danny Keefe. Keefe went 6 2/3 innings, giving up two runs on six hits and striking out four.

The MoonDog offense was led once again by third baseman Nate Hanson, who has had no problems producing hits at the right times. Hanson was 1-for-4 with a single that drove in two runs, including what was the go-ahead run at the time. Shortstop Jason Christian led the team with two hits on the evening, and left fielder Adam Abraham, designated hitter Mike Melillo, and catcher Jeff DeSmidt each scored once for the MoonDogs.

After 6 2/3 solid innings, Keefe was replaced by reliever Josh Castanza, who threw one-third of an inning and gave up one run. Reliever Tom Porter (0-2) followed Castanza and would take the loss after throwing two innings, giving up two runs on two hits.

Wisconsin got a huge performance from designated hitter Elliot Arrington. Arrington went 2-for-4 with the game-breaking double that drove in three runs, bring his total to four RBI on the evening. First baseman Darin Ruf was 1-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Third baseman Justin Potes also scored twice and recorded a double, while pinch hitter Steve Winkelmann scored once.

Woodchuck starter Willie Kempf went six innings, giving up three runs on six hits while striking out five. Pat Venditte (1-0) finished off the game and recorded his first win of the season. Venditte pitched three hitless innings to take the win.

The MoonDogs have tomorrow off before hosting a series against the Duluth Huskies, starting Tuesday night at 7:05 pm at Franklin Rogers Park. Tuesday night is Piggy Bank Night where the first 500 fans receive a free piggy bank.