Waterloo, IA — The Mankato MoonDogs went into their final game of a four game series with the Waterloo Bucks winners of their last four, including the first three games of the series. The Bucks got out to an early lead during the game, eventually going on to snap a three game losing streak with an 8-3 win on Sunday afternoon at Riverfront Stadium.
Gavin Wehby (Nicholls State) led the MoonDogs with three hits, going 3-for-4 while driving in two of Mankato's three runs on the day. Wehby's big two-run single put the first two runs of the ballgame on the board for the MoonDogs in the fifth inning. Marcus Pingleton (Heartland CC) went from first to third base, eventually coming home on a balk by Buck's reliever Trevor Pattersen (Minn. State) to make the score 7-3.
The three runs in the fifth would be the only runs the MoonDogs would cross in the game. Dalton Lehnen (Cincinatti) took to the mound for his first start of the season for Mankato, but it didn't go as planned. Lehnen was charged with the loss, his second of the season, hurling 4.1 innings while allowing five runs on nine hits. Lehnen also walked five with three strikeouts.
Waterloo added their eighth and final run in the eighth inning with shortstop Brody Weiss doubling to center field, bringing home Robert Neustrom. The loss snapped streaks for both teams, a four game win streak for Mankato and a three game skid for the Bucks.
The MoonDogs will not be in action on Monday, but return to Franklin Rogers Park on Tuesday for a two-game set with the St. Cloud Rox in a battle for first place in the North Division. First pitch will be at 7:05 PM, with the 2016 MoonDogs Team Baseball Card set giveaway presented by Hot 96.7 and The Fan Mankato as the promotion. Catch all of this season's action on mankatomoondogs.com, the iHeart Radio app, and The Fan Mankato all summer long.
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.