Mankato, MN – Despite a Craig Nennig homerun, the MoonDogs earned a series split as they dropped Monday night’s game at Franklin Rogers Park by a score of 5-4 to the St. Cloud Rox.
In the ninth inning the St. Cloud Rox (8-4) were able to plate the winning run off of the Mankato MoonDogs (5-9) hard throwing reliever Ricky Rameriz. Rameriz worked the final frame giving up the one run on two hits and took the loss.
Connor O’Neil (0-1) took to the hill for the MoonDogs in the start and worked eight innings scattering five hits, allowing four runs while fanning four. Despite a strong performance, in his fourth appearance on the mound, O’Neil would not get a decision.
Craig Nennig provided the pop for the MoonDogs as he went 2-for3 driving in all four of the MoonDog runs on the night. Nennig had a 5th inning three run go-ahead homerun. Sulliam Rios Reyes also added two hits as he went 2-for-4.
For the Rox Trevor Charpie (1-0) picked up the win in relief, his first of the season. Toby Hanson lead the Rox offensively as he went 2-for-4 scoring a run and drove in a pair.
The MoonDogs continue the five game home stand tomorrow as they face of against the Alexandria Blue Anchors, 7:05pm at The Frank for the fan favorite ZOOperstars!
“The Mankato MoonDogs are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 22nd season of summer collegiate baseball in 2015, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 18 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, more than 120 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (WAS), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Lucas Duda (NYM) and Ben Zobrist (OAK). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League Website."