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June 17, 2014

MoonDogs split doubleheader

Sullivan smacks two doubles in Game 2 win

Mankato MoonDogs centerfielder Tyler Sullivan hit a pair of doubles in the second game of a Northwoods League doubleheader on Tuesday night to even the day and get a split with against the Kenosha Kingfish at Franklin Rogers Park.

The MoonDogs struggled at the plate in the first game, falling 5-0. But, behind Sullivan, they strung some hits together for a 5-2 victory in Game 2.

"We just had to flush the first game," said Sullivan, who went 3 for 5 with an RBI in the two games. "We tried to stay more competitive; don't throw away at-bats and score some runs."

The MoonDogs bounced back offensively immediately in the second game.

Sullivan started the inning by hitting his third double of the season to right-center field. Later, after a bad hop got the best of the Kenosha's first baseman, Levi Scott lifted a deep fly ball to right field for a sacrifice fly, allowing Sullivan to jog in from third.

After the Kingfish returned the favor with a run of their own, the MoonDogs regained the lead off Sullivan's second double of the game, which scored shortstop Logan Gray.

Catcher Dalton DeLeon cranked the ball to left field for his first home run of the season to put the MoonDogs up 3-1 in the fourth.

After the MoonDogs extended their lead to 5-2 after a pair of wild pitches, reliever Tyler Mark took the mound in the top of the seventh and shut down all three batters for his second save of the season.

The teams played two seven inning games Tuesday after Monday's game was washed out by rain.

Ethan Greene started the second game. In 4 1/3 innings of work, the Pfeiffer University product allowed one earned run on three hits and one strikeout. Reliever Trey Cobb made his season debut and completed one inning of work, allowing one earned run on two hits.

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