Bats Drop Dogs 8-4

Mankato, Minn. – Tony Renda led a resurgent St. Cloud offense a night after getting no-hit. Renda went a perfect 3-3 with four runs and an RBI to lead the River Bats to an 8-4 victory at Franklin Rogers Park Tuesday.

St. Cloud shook off Tim Griffin’s no-hitter by jumping on Mankato starter Zach Whitman (Georgia Southwestern) for two early runs in the first. With two outs Danny Oh (California) singled, Renda (California) was hit by a pitch and Matt Summers (UC-Irvine) singled to bring in a run. An error on the play gave the River Bats their second run.

The MoonDogs (34-22, 11-12) kept pace with the Bats (26-29, 13-8) the entire game, keeping within one run for much of the contest until the eighth inning. The Bats finally pulled away with a run in the eighth and two in the ninth to give themselves breathing room.

In the eighth, Renda led off with a walk and eventually came around on a passed ball to make it 6-4. In the ninth Jonathan Roof (Michigan St.) singled in the first run of the inning and eventually came around on Renda’s third hit of the evening for the final 8-4 cushion.

The MoonDogs had just four hits on the evening, as four different Dogs provided them. Kyle Knudson (Minnesota) and Taylor Black (Kentucky) had the two RBI for Mankato.

Oh had two runs for the River Bats, while four separate Bats had RBI.

Whitman suffered the loss for the MoonDogs falling to 3-5 on the summer after five and one-third innings and allowing five earned runs. Barry Rooks (Florida Atlantic) earned his first win in his first start, going five innings of his own, and working around six walks.

The MoonDogs will be on the road for the next four games, all in Thunder Bay, while the River Bats will host Duluth. Both games start at 7:05 p.m. CST