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All-Star Slams Not Enough for Win

(Wausau, WI) – MoonDogs (0-3, 17-20) All-Stars third baseman Nate Hanson and catcher Ben Geelan combined for three homeruns and all five MoonDogs RBI, but three blasts weren’t enough to stave off a ninth inning rally by the Wisconsin Woodchucks (3-0, 19-18), who took the victory 6-5 Sunday night in Wausau. The MoonDogs took a 5-4 lead into the ninth inning, but were unable to hold on for the win.

Hanson finished 2-for-4 with two home runs, one run scored, and three RBI. Hanson has hit three home runs in the past three games. Geelan finished 1-for-3 with a two-run home run. Shortstop Jason Christian was 2-for-4 with a run scored.

MoonDogs starter Matt Mossey went 6 2/3 innings, allowing four runs, just one earned, on five hits. Adam Abraham pitched a hitless eighth inning. Closer Chad Dawson (0-1) allowed two runs on three hits in the ninth inning to take the loss.

Woodchucks center fielder Brandon Frazier was 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored. Left fielder Matt Gantner also recorded two hits, including a double and two RBI. Woodchucks right fielder Elliott Arrington recorded two hits, scored once, and drove in a run to help lead Wisconsin.

Wisconsin starter Adam Morrison went seven innings, giving up three runs on four hits. Reliever Colin Auten gave up two runs on one hit without recording an out. Switch-pitcher Pat Venditte (2-0) got the win for the Woodchucks after throwing two scoreless innings and striking out three.

The MoonDogs are in Wisconsin for one more game against the Woodchucks before the Al-Star break. The All-Star Game is Wednesday at Franklin Rogers Park in Mankato at 7:05 pm.