Alexandria, Minn- The Alexandria Beetles snapped the MoonDogs eight game winning streak with a 12-3 final Friday night at Knute Nelson Memorial Park.
Davis Henderson (Oklahoma City) suffered his first loss this summer, struggling through 4 2/3 innings, allowing 11 runs on 11 hits, while walking five Beetles batters.
Offensively, Mankato was led by Chase Simpson (Oklahoma), who went 2-for-4 at the plate with an RBI. Simpson was just one of four MoonDogs batters to collect hits Friday night, against a tough Alexandria pitching staff.
Ali Simpson (Bethune-Cookman) earned his first win this summer going five strong innings, handcuffing an otherwise tough MoonDogs lineup. Simpson(1-0) made his Northwoods League debut against Mankato back on June, 11th lasting just two innings, allowing two runs on one hit, walking four MoonDogs batters. The Alexandria Southpaw redeemed himself Friday night, allowing just one run on three hits, while walking four, striking out six.
Despite the loss, Mankato still holds a 1.5 game lead over the 2nd place Waterloo Bucks, with Waterloo splitting their double-header with Thunder Bay. The Bucks and Border Cats will play yet another double dip Saturday evening, with Mankato wrapping up their two game series with the Beetles.
The MoonDogs will be back at the Frank Sunday to take on the Willmar Stingers. Sunday is think Pink Night presented by Liv Aveda Salon & Spa, Mankato Clinic and Hot 96.7. The MoonDogs will help raise breast cancer awareness by wearing pink jerseys and hats that will be auctioned off throughout the night with proceeds going to a local Susan G Komen team. Season and single game tickets can be purchased at the MoonDogs office located at 1221 Caledonia Street. For more information visit our website at www.mankatomoondogs.com or call the MoonDogs office at 507-625-7047.