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Dogs Snap Three Game Skid with 6-1 Win in Brainerd

Brainerd, Minn. – The Mankato MoonDogs took advantage of eight walks and three errors by the Brainerd Lakes Area Lunkers, and Jake Petricka threw eight strong innings to give the Dogs a 6-1 win at Stewart C. Mills Field.

The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the MoonDogs (33-21, 10-11), their longest of the season.

Petricka (2-2) had his best outing of the year, allowing just five hits and one earned run in eight innings of work. He threw just 83 pitches and struck out two on the afternoon.

After a Stephen Wickens (Florida Gulf Coast) tripled in the only Lunker run in the third, the MoonDogs posted a three-run third for all the runs they would need. Ryan Durant (Iowa) doubled in Brenden Webb (Palomar) after he walked to start the frame, and two batters later Xorge Carillo (Arizona State) tripled to bring in Durant. KC Serna (Oregon) would bring in Carillo with a sac fly to center for the 3-1 lead.

Bryan Haar (San Diego) came around on a passed ball in the fifth before the Dogs would put up two more in the sixth. With the bases loaded and two down, Cody Fick (Evansville) ripped a ball to first that Derek Geisinger (Cal St. Bakersfield) booted, allowing two runs to come around, sealing the 6-1 win.

Mike Gedman (UMASS) suffered the loss for the Lunkers (26-27, 10-10) lasting four-plus innings, and allowing four earned runs.

The MoonDogs managed just four hits, getting outhit 7-4, as they were led by Carillo who posted two on the day. Jimmy Patterson (Arizona State) and Webb both had three walks apiece to pace the Dogs.

The MoonDogs will be back at home for a two-game set with St. Cloud tomorrow and Tuesday. First pitch from Franklin Rogers Park will be at 7:05.