Seventh Inning Fuels Bucks In Defeat Of MoonDogs

If Saturday's heat against Mankato was Dane Dunning's final appearance at Riverfront Stadium, he certainly went out on a high note. 

Dunning went seven very strong innings for the Bucks, allowing four hits and two earned runs. He had his off speed pitches working for him, as he turned away eight batters on strikes. Dunning was the winning pitcher, evening his season record at 3-3. 

Taking the loss for Mankato was reliever Garrett Ring, who allowed six runs (five earned) on five hits in his one inning of work. 

Catcher Zach Soria had one of his better games of the season, notching three hits in four at bats and driving in one run. Will Sparks drove in two runs on two hits and Pat Mackenzie drove in three. 

There is a mantra in sports that the best teams are the ones that do not beat themselves. Recent games have seen the Bucks get out of the way and watch their opponents implode. Three errors ended up costing the MoonDogs, as they allowed the Bucks extra time to do damage offensively. 

The Bucks and MoonDogs face off again Sunday at 3:35 p.m., as Derek Burkamper makes his first start at Riverfront Stadium. Taking the mound for Mankato will be Cord Cockrell.