The Bucks continue their four-game series vs. Mankato in Waterloo on Saturday
Box Score: http://northwoods.bbstats.pointstreak.com/boxscore.html?gameid=317055
By: Jared Shlensky
MANKATO, Minn. – For the second straight game Waterloo was unable to take advantage of an early 2-0 lead as the Bucks fell to the Mankato Moondogs, 3-2, for the second straight night. All five combined runs on Friday were scored with two outs, the first time Waterloo has been a part of a game where all the runs were scored with two outs.
After both teams combined for just two hits through the first two innings, Waterloo broke the scoreless drought with a pair of two out runs in the top of the third. Travon Benton led off the inning with a walk before Jake Hand singled through the left side. Robert Neustrom gave the Bucks an early 2-0 lead with a two-run double to right-center, brining around both Benton and Hand.
Mankato (9-5, 31-18) tied the game at 2-2 with a two-out, two-run double of their own in the fifth. Drew Fearing reached on hustle-double down the left field line to open the frame. Marucs Pingleton then drew a two-out walk before Bryce Adams tied the game with a two-run double to right-center.
The Moondogs took the lead for good with another two-out run. Alvaro Rubalcaba reached on a two-out infield single before Fearing reached base for the third straight time with a walk. All-Star Jake Shepski put Mankato in front 3-2 with an RBI single to left, bringing in Rubalcaba from third.
Waterloo (6-8, 28-21) received two walks in the top of the ninth from Alex Boxwell and Benton but were unable to bring in the tying run. Andy Muehlberger (1-2) allowed one run on one hit in 2/3 of an inning in the loss.
Derek Hendrixson struck out two in two scoreless innings while Hunter Spencer retired one of the two batters he faced in a 1/3 of an inning. Patrick Boyle recorded a no-decision in the start. The southpaw allowed two runs on seven hits over five innings, walking three, hitting one and striking out three.
All-Star Ricky Digrugilliers (6-2) allowed two runs over six innings in the win while Brian Gadsby (4) secured the win with the four-out save.
The Bucks continue their four-game series vs. Mankato on Saturday in Waterloo. First pitch from Riverfront Stadium is at 7:05 p.m. with RHP Steven Baker (1-3, 2.78) opposing Mankato RHP Reece Eddins (3-2, 4.40).
Saturday’s game is a Pink Out and a Post-Game Fireworks Extravaganza. The Bucks will wear special pink jerseys, sponsored by Great Clips, PDCM Insurance and Visions Hair Studio. Proceeds from the jersey auction will go to the Beyond Pink TEAM. Beyond Pink TEAM members will also be giving out Pink Ribbon Tattoos on Saturday.
All Waterloo Bucks games can be heard online at waterloobucks.com with Jared Shlensky.