Jalen Smith (3-for-4, BB, 2 R, RBI), Max Jung-Goldberg (2-for-3, BB, HBP, 2 R, 2B, RBI), Johnny Tincher (2-for-3, BB, RBI, SB) and Mike Campagna (2-for-4, 2 RB, RBI) each posted multi-hit evenings as the Waterloo Bucks (33-22, 10-11) were done in by a six-run sixth in a 6-5 road loss to the Mankato MoonDogs (37-18, 13-8) on Friday evening. Waterloo pitchers issued six walks and allowed three hits in the sixth inning, blowing a 2-0 lead. The Bucks went 5-3 on their grueling eight-game road trip, earning a four-game sweep over Bismarck while splitting with Mankato.
Duncan Davitt allowed just one baserunner on a hit while striking out three in a scheduled 2.0-inning start. Keaton Parker gave Waterloo 3.0 scoreless, facing the minimum by eliminating his lone baserunner with a double-play grounder.
Jung-Goldberg, Jackson Lyon (0-for-4, BB) and Tincher opened the fourth by drawing three straight walks, then Campagna opened the scoring with an RBI fielder’s choice. The Bucks added one more an inning later as Smith singled, advanced to second then crossed home on a Josh Kasevich (1-for-5, RBI) run-scoring single.
Waterloo responded to the six-run sixth with a three-spot in the seventh. Chris Seng (0-for-3, BB, R) drew a walk and scampered to second on a wild pitch then raced home on Smith’s second hit of the game. After another wild pitch, Jung-Goldberg crushed an RBI ground-rule double to deep right-center then scored two batters later as Tincher cracked a single into center.
Aaron Treloar (1.1 IP, H, 0 R, 3 BB, 2 K) and Eli Emerson (GF, 1.0 IP, H, 0 R, 0 BB, K) combined to keep the MoonDogs scoreless in the final two frames.
The Bucks return home for a 6:35 p.m. CST first pitch on Saturday, opening a six-game homestand with a two-game set against the Bismarck Larks.