Duffy shoves, Bucks walked off in heartbreaking 3-2 extra-innings thriller
The Waterloo Bucks (23-13, 0-2) received an incredibly gutsy performance from starter Ryan Duffy but were walked off 3-2 on a wild pitch by the Mankato MoonDogs (25-9, 2-0) in their Wednesday doubleheader nightcap. Duffy did not allow an earned run over 6.0 innings of work, striking out three while scattering five hits and four walks to receive a no-decision. The Bucks went 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position and did not allow a single earned run in the loss while Josh Kasevich (2-for-3, BB, RBI) added another multi-hit game, going 4-for-7 in the doubleheader.
Chris Seng (0-for-1, 2 BB, R, 2 SB, SAC) led things off in the first by drawing a walk, stealing second and later scoring on a Kasevich single.
Duffy did not allow a run through his first 5.0 frames, inducing a pair of ground ball double plays while showing off his guts in escaping jams to strand runners on base. Mankato took the lead in the sixth with a pair of unearned runs
Johnny Tincher (0-for-0, HBP, R) was hit by a pitch in a pinch-hitting opportunity to open the seventh. Seng advanced him to second with a bunt, then Garrett McGowan (1-for-4, RBI) plated him by rifling a single back up the middle to tie the game at 2-2.
Aaron Treloar dealt over 1.2 innings of work, retiring all five batters he faced while striking out four and racking up nine whiffs on 30 pitches.
The Bucks and MoonDogs travel to Waterloo on Thursday, July 8 for the first game of the home half of the home-and-home four game series with a 6:35 p.m. CST first pitch.