The Mankato MoonDogs will have the next three days off for the annual Northwoods League All-Star break and, after what happened Saturday at Franklin Rogers Park, the team could probably use the time off.
The MoonDogs took on Willmar in a tripleheader Saturday and came out on the losing end in all three games. They resumed a previously suspended game to start the day and lost 9-8.
They then got shut out 4-0 and closed out the evening with a 5-2 setback. It is the first time in franchise history the ’Dogs lost three games in a single day.
The resumed game had been postponed by rain in the 12th inning back on June 21. Blake Schwartz started for the ’Dogs on Saturday but did not fare well. He gave up three hits, including the winning run in the top of the 13th.
Ryan Dettman singled, stole second and scored on a base hit by Jason West to lead the Stingers. Chris Gonzales pitched two perfect innings to get the win.
Jarid Scarafiotti finished with three hits for the Stingers. Eduardo Gonzales, Sean Dwyer and Blake Shepherd had two hits apiece.
Brennan Moore and Rudy Weiser had two hits each for Mankato.
In Saturday’s second game, the Stingers’ Ricky Knapp, Chris Gonzales and Kurt Spomer combined on a three-hit shutout. Knapp got the win.
Moore, Joe Loftus and Whitt Dorsey had the only hits for Mankato. Sam Selman took the loss, allowing four hits and three-earned runs over four innings. He fanned two and walked three.
In the finale, Willmar jumped to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first and stayed on top the whole way. Mankato had a two-run rally in the bottom of the sixth but managed just four hits for the game. Chris Ross, Shaun Cooper, Loftus and Zak Wasserman had the hits.
Thomas Taylor got the win and Spomer earned the save. MoonDogs’ starter Alex Blackford lasted just 2/3 of an inning and was pulled after giving up three runs on four hits, including a home run to Jason Leblebijian.
Mitch Rowan had three hits to lead the Stingers.
The ’Dogs (28-16 overall, 5-5 in second half) will be represented by four players at Monday’s 7:05 p.m. All-Star Game.