By: Connor Wachtel
Mankato, Minn. — The Mankato MoonDogs pitching staff was brilliant in a 1-0 victory over the St. Cloud Rox, Tuesday.
It took until the sixth for a run to score, but the MoonDogs got on the board first when Adam LaRock flew out to center deep enough for Evan Berkey to score. The Dogs held a 1-0 advantage after the sixth.
Adam LaRock ultimately had the game-winning RBI when he hit a sacrifice fly in the sixth. (Picture captured by Mansoor Ahmad)
In the ninth, Dylan Phillips proved he is a two-way threat for the MoonDogs when he moved to the hill to close out the game. As a result, Phillips secured his first save of the season and the MoonDogs won 1-0 with four different members of Mankato’s pitching staff helping in the combined shutout.
Mankato won the hit battle, 7-5, and had the game’s only error. In his final game with the MoonDogs of 2020, Berkey had the only multi-hit showing for the MoonDogs, going 2-4 with the game’s only run scored.
Evan Berkey scores on a sacrifice fly in the sixth at The Frank. (Picture captured by Mansoor Ahmad)
AJ Wood was the MoonDogs starting arm, Tuesday. Wood pitched four frames of scoreless baseball as part of his third undecisive outing. He gave up two hits and struck out a pair. MoonDogs reliever, Jakob Meyer (2-0) secured the win after he came in for the fifth and worked into the seventh. He rounded out his showing going 2.1 innings to preserve the shutout. Meyer gave up two hits, walked one and struck out two others. Tyler Eckberg took his turn closing out the seventh with just one pitch in relief of Meyer. Then, he worked a 1-2-3 eighth with one strikeout. Phillips moved to the mound in pursuit of his first save in the ninth. The MoonDogs two-way threat struck out two.
Dylan Phillips secured his first save as a MoonDog at Franklin Rogers Park, Tuesday. (Picture captured by Mansoor Ahmad)
The losing pitcher was the Rox right hander Justin Kelly (1-1) who pitched through the sixth inning. He allowed seven hits and one run in the sixth. The MoonDogs drew one free pass against the Rox starter.
For tonight’s box score click HERE.
The Mankato MoonDogs (14-20) will now take two days off before heading to Willmar, Minn., to take on the Stingers (19-15). The home-and-home series begins with a 7:05 p.m. first pitch at Bill Taunton Stadium.
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.