MoonDogs Shutout by Rox for Third Time in Four Meetings
Written by: Jacob Toepfer
ST. CLOUD, Minn. — The Mankato MoonDogs were shutout again by the St. Cloud Rox, 9-0, for a second straight night during a game of Northwoods League baseball at Joe Faber Field, Saturday night.
With the loss, the MoonDogs fall to 10-10 on the season while the St. Cloud Rox improve to 14-3 this summer. Mankato is now 0-4 this season against St. Cloud and has been shutout in three of the four meetings this season.
After a scoreless first frame, the Rox pounced on Kyle Moseley (Angelo State) for four runs in the second inning. In relief of Moseley, John Lundgren (North Alabama) took the mound with the bases loaded and watched his first pitch sail over the fence in leftfield for a grand slam hit by Brady Prewit (CSU – Pueblo) to cap an eight-run surge for the Rox in the bottom of the second inning.
After St. Cloud scored one more run off Lundgren in the third inning, the Rox cruised to the finish while riding their nine-run lead for a 9-0 victory.
Picking up his second win of the summer was Rox left-handed pitcher Nathan Culley (Minnesota State – Mankato). Culley threw five innings of shutout baseball with three hits, three walks and six strikeouts to get the win.
Making his debut on the mound and coming down with the loss after pitching one and a third innings on the hill was Moseley. He surrendered five hits and seven runs while walking three and striking out one.
Ariel Armas (San Diego) was the lone bright spot for the MoonDogs on the offensive. He had a two-for-three night with a pair of singles.
The MoonDogs are back at home to host their first meeting of the season with the Bismarck Larks, Sunday at ISG Field. The MoonDogs will start Weston Lombard (San Fransisco), who is scheduled to deliver the game’s first pitch at 5:05 p.m.
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’ 28th 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 280 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 (NYM), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist 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 2021 All-Star, MLB Gold Glove winner and 2019 Second Team All-MLB shortstop Marcus Semien (TEX). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. League games are viewable live at watchnwl.com. 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.