The Free Press, Mankato, MN


July 2, 2013

MoonDogs rally but fall short

Waterloo captures North Division's first-half title


Though it seemed the air was let out of The Frank, as most of the 992 fans left early, the MoonDogs did not go down without a fight. In a two-out ninth-inning rally, Simpson launched a two-run home run to make the score to 9-4. John Michael Twichell then doubled, Woody Woodward walked and Jonathan Rodriguez delivered a single to set up Matt Wollenzin's grand slam off the scoreboard in right field to put the MoonDogs within one run.

Though it seemed destined, Waterloo reliever Adam Dian forced the final out of the game, striking out Quinnton Mack to end the game at 9-8. Heading into the final game of the first half in Waterloo, Orchard knows his team has the ability to compete for a playoff spot, but knows his pitching will need to step up in the second half in order to reach the postseason. “Tomorrow we are hoping to get some guys some rest before we head to Canada (Thunder Bay)," he said. "We have enough to win the second half, but the pitching has to be better.”

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