Waterloo, Iowa- After a much needed day off Wednesday, the Mankato MoonDogs looked like a team on a mission, routing the second place Waterloo Bucks 11-3 Thursday night at Riverfront Stadium.
Trailing 2-1 with two outs in the top of the 4th inning, Chris Munoz (Oklahoma City) smacked a bases loaded double to right-field, driving in three runs to give Mankato a 4-2 lead. The hard hitting shortstop came back to the plate again in the top of the 5th inning, again with two outs, this time crushing a two-run homerun high over the left-field wall. The round-tripper was Munoz fourth homerun this season, all of which have been two-run shots.
Eight of the nine MoonDogs batters collected a hit Thursday night, five of which had multiple hits. John Michael Twichell (Texas-Arlington) went 4-for-5 at the plate with three runs scored. Munoz finished his day 3-for-5 with five RBI.
Kyle McGrath (Louisville) put together his best start of the summer, allowing three runs on seven hits. McGrath (3-1) struck out a season high nine Bucks batters while walking just one over seven innings.
Reliever Alex Hill (Central Arizona) closed the door for Mankato tossing the final two innings, with out allowing a run or a hit, striking out two.
The Dogs and Bucks will be back in action Friday night, with first pitch scheduled for 6:35pm. Adam Mott (New Mexico State 1-1 4.41ERA) makes his fourth start of the summer for Mankato, going toe-to-toe with Waterloo’s ace, Jordan Foley (Central Michigan 4-0 1.77ERA).
The MoonDogs will be back at the Frank on Saturday June 30th to take on the St. Cloud Rox at 6:05 p.m. Saturday is MoonDogs Team Poster giveaway presented by the Disabled American Veterans and KXLP. The first 750 fans will receive a free MoonDogs team poster courtesy of the Disabled American Veterans. Season and single game tickets can be purchased at the MoonDogs office located at 1221 Caledonia Street or call the office at 507-625-7047.