By: Connor Wachtel
Mankato, Minn. — Another big outing from Shane Barringer secured a 5-0 win over the Willmar Stingers for the Mankato MoonDogs, Tuesday.
The southpaw ace, Barringer, pitched eight innings of scoreless baseball for the MoonDogs. He allowed three hits, walked two and struck out seven along the way. Now 3-0, He got his third consecutive win in his team-high sixth start.
The MoonDogs found themselves up 2-0 after a chopper to third base via Dylan Phillips scored a pair. Zach Gilles scored from third and Michael Curialle came in from second. Smart baserunning was put on display by Curialle to score from 180 feet out. The UCLA Bruin first got in scoring position by swiping second. On the next pitch, Curialle used his legs to wheel in behind Gilles on the putout to first. That made it 2-0 after one.
In the second, Drew Stahl scored his first run at Franklin Rogers Park when Gilles grounded out to third. After the second frame, it was a 3-0 game with the MoonDogs out in front.
Phillips scored on a wild pitch to make it 4-0 in the third.
Curialle kept his big night going into the fifth with a leadoff triple in the bottom half. Curialle scored moments later on another ball put in play by Phillips for his third RBI of the night. The MoonDogs held a 5-0 lead through five at The Frank.
The Stingers waited until the ninth inning to get in the score column, when Chase Stanke got around on a two-run home run to right field that shrunk the deficit to 5-2, but ultimately the MoonDogs closed it out for their 11th win of the summer.
The box score saw the MoonDogs win the hit battle, 10-5, and commit less errors with one to Willmar’s two.
Stingers score a pair in the ninth, but the Dogs hold on for their 11th win of the summer!@baseballmjc had a big night in the field and at the plate going 3-4 with a pair of runs scored and a triple!#DogsWin #MoonDogginIt pic.twitter.com/d82Sl3IkO1
— Mankato MoonDogs (@MankatoMoonDogs) August 5, 2020
Barringer, now 3-0, had a surreal night for the MoonDogs on the hill. The southpaw threw eight innings of scoreless baseball. Barringer allowed three hits for his third straight win. He walked two and struck out seven. Nolan Pender, Barringer’s Bellarmine University teammate, shut the door in the ninth. Despite allowing two runs on one swing, Pender pushed through to close out the win.
Willmar’s starter, Tanner Brown (1-2), pitched five innings en route to the loss. The MoonDogs got nine of their 10 hits off Brown and scored each of their five runs during the southpaw’s outing. Brown struck out eight Dogs hitters.
For tonight’s box score click HERE.
The Mankato MoonDogs (11-17) are heading to Willmar to take on the Stingers (18-11) at Bill Taunton Stadium tomorrow. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at The Beehive.
The Mankato MoonDogs are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. Having completed its’ 26th season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 22 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, over 230 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time All-Star and 2016 Roberto Clemente Award winner Curtis Granderson, three-time Cy Young Award winner and World Series Champion Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and World Series Champion Chris Sale (BOS). As well as 2019 Rookie of the Year and Home Run Derby Champion Pete Alonso (NYM) and MLB All-Star Jordan Zimmermann (DET). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit www.mankatomoondogs.com 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.