(Mankato, MN) – For the second night in a row, the MoonDogs and Honkers locked horns in a pitchers duel, with the MoonDogs coming away victorious again, this time with a 1-0 win. Danny Keefe (5-2) won his fourth straight decision, throwing 6 and 2/3 innings of shutout baseball before giving way to the bullpen. Keefe stuck out seven and scattered four hits before Josh Castanza got the final out of the 7th inning. Adam Abraham pitched a scoreless 8th and Chad Dawson struck out two in the 9th to pick up his 14th save of the season. In the process, Dawson set a new MoonDogs single season record with his 14th save, breaking Neil Wagner’s record of 13 set in 2005.
The MoonDogs only run came in the fourth when Alan Oaks reached on an error, moved to second on a wild pitch, and scored on Jason Christian’s double. Christian finished the night 2-for-4 with an RBI and stolen base. Ben Geelan and Abraham both finished the night 2-for-5, pacing the MoonDogs nine hit attack.
The Honkers offense managed just five hits off MoonDogs pitchers, led by right fielder Aaron Senne and Brian Spear who each had two hits. Honkers starter Zach Robertson pitched seven innings, allowing only one unearned run in the 4th inning.
The MoonDogs continue their 3-game road trip today in La Crosse for the first of two games with the Loggers. Chris Bennett (1-0) takes the hill for the ‘Dogs as they look to build on their 2-game winning streak.