Duluth, MN — Sulliam Rios-Reyes would have a multi-hit game for the MoonDogs, but it wouldn't be enough to help jumpstart the offense. Mankato would fall to Duluth 5-0 on Friday night at Wade Stadium.
In the eighth inning, after the Duluth Huskies (18-10, 38-26) had led the entire game and kept the Mankato MoonDogs (12-16, 30-34) bats quiet, the MoonDogs began a rally. Kyle Weston (James Madison) was hit by a pitch with one out, followed by a Craig Nennig (Ohio State) single. Eric Schenck Joblinske (Uni. of Iowa) worked a walk to load the bases for the MoonDogs. Kevin Hall (N. Alabama) would approach the plate with two outs and hit a hard ground ball to short, and end the threat. The Huskies would go on to win by a final of 5-0, shutting out Mankato and extending their losing streak to four games.
Mitch Bauer (4-1) was sensational on the mound for the Huskies in their win. Bauer would throw 6 2/3 innings of one hit ball while issuing just one walk and four strikeouts to MoonDogs hitters. The outing is arguably Bauer's best of the season, and dropped his ERA by nearly .60 points to 4.03. Bauer would earn his fourth win of the season for the Huskies.
Tyler Leibert (0-1) would be charged with the loss for the MoonDogs. The left-hander out of Mayville State went 3 2/3 innings while allowing five hits and three walks. Leibert would hold the Huskies to just two runs while striking out two over his work. The two earned runs were his first of the season after giving up two unearned runs in his first start, an impressive no decision against Willmar.
Mankato will head home for the next two days to finish the season series against the Kenosha Kingfish, with that series split at one game each right now. First pitch will be at 6:05 PM at Franklin Rogers Park for Super Hero and Every Day Hero Night!