St. Cloud, MN – After a lengthy road trip that included 12 road games in 13 total contests, the St. Cloud Rox returned home on Tuesday night against the Mankato MoonDogs to open up a six-game homestand.
The Rox came up just short to the MoonDogs, falling 4-3 back home at the Rock Pile.
St. Cloud got off to a hot start in the game, scoring one run in each of the first, second and third innings to jump out to an early lead. Landon Stephens (Miami-Ohio) kicked things off with an RBI single in the first inning, Gus Steiger (South Dakota State) had an RBI single in the second inning and Bobby Seymour (Wake Forest) added an RBI single in the third for the Rox.
St. Cloud fell behind 4-3 in the fifth inning, ultimately coming up just shy of completing the comeback.
Stephens continued to stay hot for the Rox as of late, leading the way in going 2-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored. Steiger finished 2-for-5 with one run scored and one RBI, Jack Barrie (Northwestern Ohio) went 2-for-4 with a run scored and Ryan Davis (Georgetown) went 2-for-5 for St. Cloud.
Will Warren (Southeastern Louisiana) got the start on the mound, pitching the first 4.1 innings, giving up six hits, four runs while striking out four. Erik Martinez (California-Berkeley) pitched 4.2 shutout innings in relief for St. Cloud, giving up three hits, two walks and striking out seven.
St. Cloud will look to bounce back and continue on in its current six-game homestand with a doubleheader against the Eau Claire Express on Wednesday at the Rock Pile. Game 1 will begin at 12:05 p.m., which will be take your co-worker or client to the ballpark for lunch day. Game 2 will start at 7:05 p.m., which will feature a Rox Baseball Cap Giveaway presented by Franklin Outdoor Advertising. The first 250 fans into the stadium will receive a Rox baseball cap.
The Rox are in their seventh season of Northwoods League Baseball in 2018. Single game and group tickets for the entire season are on sale now. For more information on purchasing tickets, visit the Rox Ticket Office on the west end of the Municipal Athletic Complex, call 320-240-9798 or visit www.stcloudrox.com.
The St. Cloud Rox are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Now in its 25th anniversary season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 20 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 190 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET) and Curtis Granderson (TOR). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit www.stcloudrox.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Rox as your favorite team.