Duluth, MN – With the tying run on third in the ninth inning, St. Cloud (46-16) couldn’t even things up and finish off the comeback in an 8-7 loss to Duluth (26-36).
St. Cloud closes its seven-game road trip with a 4-3 record. The Rox are still in control of their own destiny to clinch home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. St. Cloud just needs two more wins to lock up the second half in the Great Plains West. For the full Northwoods League standings, click here.
At the plate, Brice Matthews (Nebraska) stayed hot at the plate after his big day in the opener. Matthews drove in three of the Rox’ first four runs of the day with two doubles off of the right-field wall.
Caleb Ricketts (San Diego) added two hits as well, including a double in St. Cloud’s three-run fourth inning. Ricketts also had a huge day behind the plate defensively. He threw out three runners trying to steal bases on the day.
The Rox were battling from behind for most of the day on Sunday, trailing by three at two separate points. Heading into the eighth down one, Andrew Pinckney (Alabama) tied the game with an RBI double to left field.
Nick Penick (St. John’s University) had another solid appearance on the mound out of the bullpen. Penick posted three straight scoreless innings to keep the Rox in it heading into the late frames.
For a full box score from Sunday’s game, click here.
The Rox are back in St. Cloud for the first time in over a week on Monday night to start a series with the Rochester Honkers. First pitch from Joe Faber Field is scheduled for 7:05 pm.
The St. Cloud Rox 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’ 27th 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 250 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 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 Gold Glove finalist and 2019 Second Team All-MLB shortstop Marcus Semien (TOR). 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.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.