Rochester, Minn- The Mankato MoonDogs won their fifth consecutive game Monday night, defeating the Rochester Honkers in a slugfest, 11-6 at Mayo Field.
Trey Nielson (Utah) lead the offensive attack, finishing the night a triple shy of the cycle. The MoonDogs third baseman drove in four runs, going 3-for-4 at the plate en route to his first Northwoods League player of the night honors.
The Mankato offense jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning, on a Chase Simpson (Oklahoma) single and two Honkers errors, but would find themselves trailing 3-2 heading into the top half of the 5th. With two outs already in the inning, Cody Ferrell (Oklahoma City) was hit by a pitch and Chad Christensen (Nebraska) walked to bring Nielson to the plate. The Utah Ute smashed a double to deep right-center field, driving in both runners to give Mankato a 4-3 lead.
The MoonDogs would add an additional run in the top of the 6th inning, but Honkers right-fielder Tim Zufall (Oral Roberts) would tie the game up on a two-run homer, in the bottom of the frame.
Tied 5-5 heading into the 7th, Mankato once again turned to Nielson for some offensive fire power. With Christenson on base and one run already in, Nielson added two more runs with a laser shot home run over the left-field wall, in what proved to be the deciding run of the game.
Adam Mott (New Mexico State) earned his first win as a MoonDog, allowing five runs on nine hits over six innings. Reliever Derek Howell (Louisiana-Lafayette) picked up his 3rd save of the year, delivering three strong innings out of the Mankato bullpen.
The MoonDogs return to Franklin Rogers Park Tuesday night to start a three game series against the Duluth Huskies. It’s Ladies Night Out and The Diamond Dig presented by Save Mor Jewelry and Hot 96.7. The first 250 women 18 and older who register online at mankatomoondogs.com will have an opportunity to participate in the Diamond Dig! The winner will receive a 1/2 carat diamond courtesy of Sav Mor Jewelry. The first 250 female fans will receive a coupon book filled with great offers from local businesses. Ice cream, tanning and more for the lucky lady in your life!
Single and season tickets are on sale at the MoonDogs office located at 1221 Caledonia Street. For more information, visit our website www.mankatomoondogs.com or call the MoonDogs office at 507-625-7047.