WATERLOO, Iowa – After three straight games where the Bucks opponent scored five runs in an early inning, the Bucks returned the favor.
With Logan Runde on the mound for the Waterloo Bucks (7-21) in his final appearance for the team this summer, he forced the Mankato MoonDogs (16-14) to go three up, three down in the first inning; a frame that the Bucks have struggled in defensively recently.
However, the second inning wasn’t so kind as the MoonDogs scored three in the second capped off by an Ariel Armas solo home run to left field.
The Bucks would answer back as they scored five runs themselves in the bottom half of the inning to take an early 5-3 lead that they would hold on to for the next few innings.
But the fifth is where things changed for Waterloo. Mankato’s offense woke up scoring five runs of their own off the back of two Bucks errors.
The only other run the Bucks could score was off a Ryan Guardino RBI single that scored Colin Kasperbauer to make it an 8-6 game. But Mankato scored a couple of insurance runs to bring it to the eventual final score of 10-6.
After being swept at their home ballpark, the Bucks return the favor to the MoonDogs as they take a trip to ISG Field for the final two games of four in a row against the Dogs. The first pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m.
You can listen to that game as well as all Bucks road games on waterloobucks.com.