Mills, Rox Blow by MoonDogs with Two-Hit Showing on the Hill
By: Connor Wachtel
St. Cloud, Minn. — A quiet game up until the sixth saw the St. Cloud Rox offense erupt and take a 9-1 win over the Mankato MoonDogs, Sunday.
In the bottom of the sixth, the MoonDogs had a chance to hold the Rox scoreless and keep the game tied. However, with one St. Cloud player in scoring position, Conner Campbell rolled up a chance for a double play to escape the jam unscathed, but the throw to first was wild and Jack Kelly scored the Rox first run of the afternoon to make it 1-0.
An RBI single from St. Cloud’s Ben Norman scored Kodie Kolden in the seventh. After that, Norman stole second and scored on a single via Jack Winkler. The Rox held a 3-0 advantage after the seventh inning.
The Rox continued their insurance surge in the eighth. They batted around for six runs on five hits and got help from a pair of MoonDogs errors. After the eighth, the Rox were up 9-0.
Drew Stahl supplied the MoonDogs only run in the ninth with a sacrifice fly deep enough to score Mikey Gottschalk. The Rox closed out a 9-1 win with a double play to end the game moments later.
The MoonDogs lost the hit battle, 13-2, and had two more errors than the hosting Rox, 3-1.
The Rox starting arm was Zane Mills (3-0) and was efficient in his eight-inning showing. Mills allowed no runs, a pair of hits and struck out 10 MoonDogs batters.
Campbell, now 0-1 this season, got the loss at St. Cloud, Sunday afternoon, despite a good showing in his first start of the season. The everyday reliever went 6.2 innings for a new season-high in innings pitched in a single appearance, his previous season-long was a two-inning showing, and gave up three runs (two earned) on seven hits. Campbell never walked a batter and struck out one.
For tonight’s box score click HERE.
Tomorrow, the Mankato MoonDogs (17-21) are back at Joe Faber Field to take on the St. Cloud Rox (24-12) at 7:05 p.m.
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