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Published On: July 7th, 2012

MANKATO, Minn.—In extra innings, the Mankato MoonDogs suffer their first loss in 11 games Saturday at Franklin Rogers 10-9 to the Waterloo Bucks.

MoonDogs starting pitcher, Wayland Moore (Marshall) struggled on the bump giving up six runs in the second inning and another run in the third to give Waterloo a 7-1 lead. The southpaw regained balance after the third to complete 5 1/3 innings, allowing eight runs on seven hits, while walking five and striking out four Bucks.

What was termed as a slugfest, Nick Ratajczak (Louisville) led the MoonDogs comeback attempt going 4-5 at the plate with two runs scored, two doubles and four RBI, while walking once. Chris Munoz (Oklahoma City) took part in the MoonDogs offense by getting three hits in five attempts, an RBI and a run scored. The ‘Dogs played catch-up until tying the Bucks in the seventh inning, which would send the game into extra innings after a scoreless eighth and ninth.

Bucks left-fielder, Kevin Kaczmarski (Evansville), would prove to be the hero of the game for Waterloo with a tenth inning double that would send Kellen Camus (Washington State) home, and a run for the Bucks. While trailing by one, it was a hard fought battle that ended with Ratajczak’s ground out to first that would finalize the 10-9 loss for the ‘Dogs.

The MoonDogs finish their seven game homestand Sunday at 6:05 p.m. against the Bucks, before heading to Waterloo to finish the three-game series Monday. It is Super Hero night Sunday, fans are encouraged to show up to The Frank dressed as their favorite character.

Single and season tickets are on sale at the MoonDogs office located at 1221 Caledonia Street. For more information, visit our website or call the MoonDogs office at 507-625-7047.