Mankato, MN – Rox reliever Bobby Gauvreau (Minnesota State – Mankato) turned in his finest bullpen outing of the season. The righty logged a season high three shutout innings and only yielded one hit. This helped keep the Rox within striking distance. His fastball was lighting up hitters touching 90-91 miles per hour. The club ultimately came up short, 2-1, to Mankato on Wednesday night. St. Cloud remains in first place in the second half standings, 0.5 games ahead of Mankato.
In addition to Gauvreau, LHP starter Aaron Rozek (Minnesota State – Mankato) tossed 5 innings and allowed St. Cloud to remain in striking distance all game. Despite his two runs allowed, Rozek stranded two Mankato runners in two separate innings and worked out of a bases loaded jam once. In total, the MoonDogs left 11 runners on base.
The Rox had a tough time discovering offense all game. Brendan Illies (UNC) attempted to tag from third base and try to score. Illies was thrown out at the plate in the fifth inning and St. Cloud swallowed a scoring chance.
Luke Ringhofer (South Dakota State) made this game interesting in the top of the ninth inning. The NWL All-Star smashed a double in the right-center gap and it scored Ricky Ramirez (McNeese State). The Rox shrunk the deficit and only trailed 2-1 in the ninth.
The team returns to Joe Faber Field on Thursday July 28th to begin an eight game homestand. The Rox battle the Rockford Rivets. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. CT and the Rox Solid Pregame Warmup starts at 6:35 p.m. LHP Dan Metzdorf (Boston College) will make the start for St. Cloud. The entertaining act of ZOOperstars presented by Plaza Park Bank & Times Media will perform on July 28th. Friday night fireworks as well brought to you by Kwik Trip. On Friday, July 29th, it is Christmas in July at Joe Faber Field presented by D.B. Searle’s. Santa Claus at the ballpark!
Single game tickets can be purchased 24 hours a day at www.stcloudrox.com, by calling (320) 240-9798 or by visiting the Rox ticket office located at the Municipal Athletic Complex.
The St. Cloud Times Player(s) of the Game is Bobby Gauvreau (Minnesota State – Mankato). He logged a season high 3 shutout innings.
BOX SCORE – http://northwoods.bbstats.pointstreak.com/boxscore.html?gameid=317092
The St. Cloud Rox are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 23rd season of summer collegiate baseball, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 18 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, more than 150 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Lucas Duda (NYM) and Ben Zobrist (CHC). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit www.stcloudrox.com