Mankato, MN – The MoonDogs, better known as the “Cardiac ‘Dogs” would walk off for the third time in four days at Franklin Rogers Park in Mankato, Minnesota Tuesday night In front of a capacity crowd of 1,462.
With the win, the Mankato MoonDogs (12-12, 30-30) would win their season high fifth consecutive game and sweep the Lakeshore Chinooks (11-18, 28-33). The playoff push continues, as the MoonDogs are now just two games back of a wild-card postseason berth.
MoonDogs Starter Tanner Dahl (0-0) would throw a gem in his first start of the season. Dahl would finish with a final line of 6 2/3 innings pitched while only allowing one run, a third inning solo homerun, on four hits and struck out six.
Despite an outstanding effort by Dahl he would receive no decision in the game, in part due to Chinooks starter John Schreiber’s (2-1) six innings, six hit, one run performance.
With the game tied at one all going to the bottom of the ninth inning, the script would again be written in favor of the MoonDogs. With one out, Christoph Bono would be hit by a pitch and would be aboard representing the winning run. He would advance to second after David Metzgar would reach on an error. With runners on first and second, Kyle Weston would provide a productive out, as he would advance the runners on a ground out. Paul Panaccione would step in with two outs and the winning run 90 feet away and for a third time in four nights, the MoonDogs would mob their final hitter of the game as Panaccione lined a base hit into left field.
Offensively for the MoonDogs Bono and Brinn Bell would each add two hits in the game.
For the Chinooks, Greg Deichmann and Diug Kraeger would also have two hit games.
The win would go to reliever Kyle Goodbrand (3-3) and taking the loss would be Andrew Shaps (1-1)
The MoonDogs will travel to St. Could tomorrow, Wednesday, for a day-night double header, followed by a two game series in Duluth on Thursday and Friday. The ‘Dogs will return to the friendly confines of The Frank on Saturday, August 1 for Super Hero Night. Gates open at 5:05pm with first pitch at 6:05pm.
"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.”