MoonDogs Find a Hot Streak
By Colton Molesky – Mankato Times
MANKATO, MINN.—— The Mankato MoonDogs kick off a four game win streak with another sweep of the Duluth Huskies and a sweep of the Kalamazoo Growlers to stay perfect at home over the weekend. With the wins, the MoonDogs now stand 5-3 and are 1/2 game out of first place for the second half of the season.
The MoonDogs kicked off their winning ways with a 7-3 victory over the Huskies that was decided mainly in back to back three run innings in the fourth and fifth. The big contributor was Jake Shepski who had a three run blast to get his seventh home run of the season. Pitching was also stellar for the ‘Dogs as Jeremy Quinlan threw six innings and only let up one run along with throwing a pair of strikeouts. He ended his night throwing five consecutive scoreless innings to pick up his first win.
Game two was an entirely different however as Mankato and Duluth exchanged blows for most of the game to keep it tied until an explosion of runs from the MoonDogs gave them the upper hand. The game was tied until the seventh inning when Mankato scored seven runs with the help of David Metzgar who went 5-of-6 with a pair of doubles and four RBI on the night.
The biggest factor, however, was the MoonDogs bullpen who collectively stepped up and played 5.2 innings and helped steer the MoonDogs clear of any Duluth comeback. Big shoutout to Kevin Yarabinec, Cooper Powell, Brian Gadsby and Cody O’Brien.
The MoonDogs also made short work of the Kalamazoo Growlers winning both of their games to get the perfect 4-0 home stand. Game one was decided early as the ‘Dogs scored in four consecutive innings from the second to the fifth for an early 6-2 lead. The MoonDogs offense was brutally efficient, scoring nine runs on just as many hits while drawing eight walks which brought them the 9-5 win.
The second bout was a far closer affair as they fell behind in the fifth after Kalamazoo’s Nick Hutchins smashed a grand slam to put them up 6-2. However the MoonDogs came right back in the next inning with four of their own runs to tie it up.
The home team was able to close out the game with a pair of rockets to gain the 8-6 advantage. Marcus Pingleton homered in the seventh for his fifth of the season while Jake Roberts got ahold of his first home run of the year in the eighth.
The MoonDogs now head to St. Cloud to take on the Rox and hopefully continue their winning ways.