Short Bats Stump MoonDogs in Game Two Loss to Honkers
By Connor Wachtel
Mankato, Minn. – The Rochester Honkers completed the sweep of the Mankato MoonDogs with a win in game two today. After a pitcher’s duel paved the way in the game’s storyline, The Honkers came away with the 1-0 win.
BOX SCORE: Rochester 1, Mankato 0
The Honkers broke the scoreless tie in the sixth when Ryan Ober (Oregon State) roped a single to score Logan Denholm (Univ. of Calif. – Davis). Rochester would only get the one unearned run as Trent Baker (Angelo State) was cruising through his outing with ease.
In the top of the ninth the MoonDogs got base on with a leadoff walk by Dayton Dooney (Arizona). After a sequence of errors and wild pitches by the Rochester pitcher, Dooney found himself 90 feet from the tie with one out. Unfortunately, a pair of infield putouts put an end to the game in a 1-0 final in favor of the Honkers.
Turning in the notable performance for the Dogs at the plate was Dooney who went 1-3 with a free pass.
Earning the win was Rochester’s Daniel Silva (UC – Colorado Springs). He pitched seven innings of scoreless baseball, allowing three hits, walking one and striking out four. Keon Taylor (Georgetown College) earned the two-inning save. Allowing no hits or runs he walked one and struck out a pair.
The loss went to Baker, the MoonDogs right hander, who pitched seven innings allowing an unearned run and three hits. He walked three and struck out nine along the way. Hayden Juenger (Missouri State) came in for relief work in the eighth and posted his eighth scoreless frame of the season. He struck out two and walked one of his four batters faced.
Due up for the Dogs:
Up next, The Mankato MoonDogs (11-13) now will make their way back north of the border to take on the Thunder Bay Border Cats (8-15). Tomorrow’s starting arm for the MoonDogs is Tyler Lesley (Angelo State). The game is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. at Port Arthur Stadium in Thunder Bay, Ont.
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