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Published On: August 7th, 2022

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – For the second time, Mother Nature rained on the Bucks parade.

The St. Cloud Rox (20-9, 45-17) shut down and swept the Waterloo Bucks (6-22, 15-47) in the Bucks’ final road trip of the season using a big third inning and held on from there.

The first couple of innings saw the Bucks get in trouble with two Rox in scoring position in the first, and another in the second, but Bucks starter Andrew Guardino got out of each frame unscathed.

That was until the third when an inning-opening walk opened the flood gates for St. Cloud scoring six runs on three hits, helped by an error to jump out to an early lead. From there, the Rox didn’t look back going on to win the ballgame 10-6.

The Bucks would attempt a comeback as they scored a run in the top of the fourth with three consecutive base hits that led to a TJ McCormick RBI single that scored Liam Critchett from second.

But the Rox would answer with a Charlie Condon double followed by an RBI single from O’Neill Burgos to bring the lead back to six.

In the fifth, a walk and back-to-back singles set up Liam Critchett for a huge grand slam into right for his seventh homer of the season. The grand slam brought the game within two at 7-5, but again it was the Rox answering right back scoring in the bottom of the fifth scoring three more to put it back to a five-run lead.

A couple of innings later in the eighth, the Bucks had nobody on and two away when a large storm cell hit Joe Faber Field putting the game into a temporary delay.

The delay only lasted about 20 minutes when the umpires called the game off when flooding became noticeable on the field, ending the game in seven complete innings.

The Bucks now turn their attention to their final homestand of the season hosting two games each against the Rox, Honkers, and Mud Puppies.

Monday’s game against the Rox is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. from Riverfront Stadium. Tickets can still be purchased at If you can’t make it out to the ballpark the game will be streamed on Watch NWL.