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MoonDogs Lose After Six Run Fifth

The Mankato MoonDogs dropped their second in a row Wednesday to the St. Cloud Rox 8-4 after a six run inning from the Rox.

The MoonDogs jumped ahead early on a clear evening in St. Cloud, scoring three runs in the first frame. Kyle MacDonald (Arkansas State) and Blaze Glenn (Youngstown State) both drove in runs in the first, while Max Wright (Indiana State) scored on a wild pitch. The Dogs would go down in order the next two frames, still holding on to their three run lead.

Trouble began to brew in the fourth inning, when the bases were loaded with one out for the defending champion Rox. St. Cloud plated two, cutting the lead to 3-2 for the MoonDogs.

After the Dogs put up a scoreless top of the fifth, the Rox began an inning Mankato would like to forget. Ten batters reached the plate in an inning where St. Cloud scored six runs, tallying five hits and decimating the Dogs lead. After the dust had settled, the MoonDogs trailed 8-3.

The MoonDogs scored one more run in the top of the seventh after an error allowed another MoonDog run to score. The Dogs would get no closer than the four run deficit, dropping their second in a row

Every MoonDog in the lineup had exactly one hit, with Wright scoring twice and Austin Bull (Grand Canyon) scoring once to lead off the game. The starting pitcher Adam Lukas (Evansville) did not factor into the decision, allowing two earned runs in four innings.

RJ Teijeiro (UCLA), Alden Huschle (Seattle) and Zach Hardy (New Mexico State) all made their debuts for the MoonDogs, with Teijeiro reaching base twice while Huschle and Hardy combined for three scoreless relief innings.

The MoonDogs begin a four game home stand Thursday, with the first matchup against the Eau Claire Express scheduled for 7:05/8:05 EST.

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The Mankato MoonDogs are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Now in its 25th anniversary season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 20 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 190 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET) and Curtis Granderson (TOR).  All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit https://northwoodsleague.com/mankato-moondogs/ or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the MoonDogs as your favorite team.