Dogs Outlast Beetles in 16-12 Marathon Win

Mankato, Minn. – Looking at the box score from Tuesday’s game between Mankato and Alexandria would leave just about any pitching coach searching for the aspirin bottle. The two teams combined for 28 runs and 28 hits in the 3:40 marathon, as the MoonDogs used a combined 12 runs in the fourth and fifth innings to top Alexandria 16-12 at Franklin Rogers Park.

The MoonDogs (36-24, 13-14) set a season-high for runs with the 16-spot and tied a summer best with 14 hits. Ryan Durant (Iowa) and Xorge Carillo (Arizona State) paced the attack, as Durant supplied four hits and two runs, while Carillo had three hits and three RBI of his own, including the game winning hit in the fourth.

Danny Miller (Minnesota State) also etched his name into the MoonDog record book, as he walked three times to total 53 on the season. That broke the team’s single season record that stood at 52.

Things looked bleak early on for the Dogs as they gave back an early one-run lead. Three runs in the second and third put Alexandria (35-26, 15-12) in cruise control with a 6-1 lead. Five different Beetles had at least one RBI in the two-inning outburst, with Marcus Semien (Cal) adding an RBI triple and single.

An eight-run fourth put the MoonDogs up for good. After Bryan Haar (San Diego) led off with a fly out the MoonDogs began the rally. Carillo singled, Strazzara doubled and Nick Judkins (Iowa Central) walked to load the bases. Durant and Miller then had back-to-back run scoring singles through the right side to cut the lead to 6-4.

After a fielder’s choice and walk to load the bases, Cody Fick (Evansville) came through with an RBI walk to cut the Beetle lead to one. Haar then singled to tie the game to setup the biggest hit of the evening, a bases-clearing double by Carillo to put the Dogs up for good at 9-6.

Lost in all the offense was the pitching of Alex Burgos (State College of Fla.). Burgos came on in relief of starter James Wise (Washington St.) to throw four innings of effective baseball. He allowed just one run on two hits and struck out five to earn his fourth win (4-2).

Four runs in the fifth capped off the two big innings for the MoonDogs. After two walks, Evan Kohli (Illinois State) drilled a two-RBI double to the left-center gap to make it an 11-6 game. Two fielding miscues on pop flies, the first coming in the infield and the second coming in short center, allowed two more MoonDog runs for a 13-6 lead.

The MoonDogs sent a combined 20 men to the plate in the fourth and fifth innings, scoring 12 runs and adding seven hits.

Five different MoonDogs scored multiple runs (KC Serna (Oregon) and Kohli with three; Miller, Fick and Durant with two). Jayson Langfels (Eastern Kentucky) paced the Beetles, going 3-5 with a home run, three runs scored and three RBI.

Tim Roberson (FGCU), Chase Porch (North Alabama), Tim Urban (Nebraska-Omaha), Marcus Semien (Cal) and Sean Olenek (Mercer) all had two hits for Alexandria.

The MoonDogs will hit the road tomorrow for a two-game set with the Duluth Huskies. First pitch from Wade Stadium will be at 7:05.