St. Cloud, MN — Mankato won their fifth straight game of the second half, a real nail-biiter throughout the game. The MoonDogs were able to finally get past the St. Cloud Rox for the first time this season by a score of 5-1 at Joe Faber Field on Thursday night.
Drew Fearing cae through big for the MoonDogs. Fearing scored runs in the third and fifth innings, going 2-for-4 on the day and allwoing the MoonDogs to talk a 2-1 lead after the fifth. Fearing was one of three MoonDogs with multi-hit games on Thursday night, with Alex Tucker and David Metzgar makig up the three hitters who owned six of the MoonDogs' 10 base knocks.
Ricky Digrugilliers threw a gem for the MoonDogs, allowing just three hits over 7.0 innings pitched, with one run coming home to score in the fifth. Digrugilliers pitcked up six strikeouts in his final start leading up the the All-Star break, which will be the next time that the Bayside, NY native will pitch.
the MoonDogs added three runs in the ninth inning to secure the win, and Brian Gadsby took the mound to lock down his second save of the season. Mankato will take on the St. Cloud Rox to rap up this two-game set in St. Cloud on Friday at 7:05 PM. Listen to every pitch on The Fan Mankato.
The Mankato MoonDogs are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 23rd season of summer collegiate baseball, 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 150 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 (DET), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Lucas Duda (NYM) and Ben Zobrist (CHC). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visitwww.mankatomoondogs.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store and set the MoonDogs as your favorite team.