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June 13, 2014

Grand slam isn't enough as MoonDogs' streak ends

Home team commits four errors in loss to Waterloo

The Mankato MoonDogs had to play catch up against the Waterloo Bucks on Thursday, and a four-game winning streak ended, losing 12-8 in a Northwoods League baseball game at Franklin Rogers Park.

Trailing 8-1 with two outs and the bases loaded in the fifth inning, MoonDogs’ designated hitter Levi Scott woke up the stadium with his third homer of the season, a grand slam over the left field wall to bring the Dogs closer to the lead.

The MoonDogs gained two more runs in the bottom of the sixth with some timely hits. With two outs and third baseman Derek Umphre on second, left fielder Brett Murray got his first hit and RBI of the season on a double.

Shortstop Justin Fletcher, who had 22 at-bats before last night, poked one along the first base line for his first triple of the season, bringing in Murray and bringing the deficit to 8-7.

After the Bucks put up four more runs, Murray hit a triple to left-center field in the eighth for his second hit of the season to make it 12-8, but the Bucks shut them down in the ninth.

Even though the Bucks accumulated 16 hits, the four errors committed by the MoonDogs killed any momentum.

In the early going, the MoonDogs had trouble getting the third out. After an error by MoonDogs’ second baseman Brett Synek, starter Dillon Williams issued a walk and a two-run double to right-center, giving the Bucks a 2-0 lead in the first inning.

The MoonDogs got two outs with ease, but that third one cost them a run in the fourth.

After a double by second baseman Jake Riffice, right fielder Jon McAllister shot the ball to deep rightfield. MoonDogs’ right fielder Patrick Massoni nearly ran it down but was just short, giving McAllister his first triple of the season.

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