Beetles knock off MankatoJuly 27, 2012 - Northwoods League (Northwoods) Alexandria Beetles
With the win, Weber improved to 2-5 on the season with both wins coming against the MoonDogs. In two outings, Weber has allowed just one earned run in 12.1 innings while surrendering only six hits.
The Beetles struck first with a pair of runs in the second inning as Ryan Padilla and Dylan Raper each delivered RBI singles off starter Adam Mott.
But that was the only offense for either side until the seventh inning as Weber and Mott matched each other pitch for pitch. After allowing the two runs, Mott faced just two above the minimum in the next four innings and departed after six innings and seven strikeouts. Meanwhile, Weber was perfect through three and allowed just one hit through six.
Mankato reliever Kevin Corey did not share the same success as the starters when he entered in the seventh. Corey threw 30 pitches, 21 out of the strike zone in .2 of an inning allowing three runs on two singles and four walks. Ben Moore deposited a two-RBI single into right field and Stephen McGee was walked with the bases loaded as Alexandria extended the advantage to 5-0.
The MoonDogs broke the shutout in the bottom of the seventh with a pair of singles and an RBI groundout and sacrifice fly off Weber, with only one of the runs earned, and scraped another back off Guilford in the eighth on a pair of Beetle errors.
An engaged Alexandria side regained the three-run advantage when Rob Case singled home Ben Moore with two outs in the ninth and Bazzani, consistently hitting 95 and touching 96 on the radar gun, struck out the side in the bottom of the ninth for his 11th save. Bazzani has pitched 4.1 innings against Mankato this year and has struck out 11 MoonDogs.
Stephen McGee finished 2-2 with three walks for the Beetles though Will Fulmer, who walked in the first and seventh innings to extend his on-base streak to 37 games, was held hitless to break his 23-game hitting streak.
The Beetles and MoonDogs conclude their mini two-game set on Friday with a 7:05 CDT first pitch.
Northwoods League Stories from July 27, 2012
- Bombers Drop 6th Straight - Battle Creek Bombers
- Honkers Trampled by Bucks 17-9 - Rochester Honkers
- Bullfrogs Manage Two Hits, Drop 1-0 Battle - Green Bay Bullfrogs
- Stingers Overtake Duluth for First Place with 7-6 Victory - Willmar Stingers
- Rafters Steal One Even up Series with Mallards - Madison Mallards
- Beetles Sweep 'Dogs - Mankato MoonDogs
- Jack Fischer Shuts out Green Bay, 'Chucks Tip Toe Away 1-0 - Wisconsin Woodchucks
- Loggers Expecting 1 Millionth Fan Saturday - La Crosse Loggers
- Bucks to Hold Youth Baseball Camp on August 4 - Waterloo Bucks
- Mallards, Rafters Bring Series Back to the "Duck Pond" - Madison Mallards
- Chapman Hits Grand Slam, Frye Strikes Out Ten, Loggers Win 4-1 - La Crosse Loggers
- Prigatano, Stassi, Dorris Shine at All-Star Game - La Crosse Loggers
- Rox' Comeback Just Short - St. Cloud Rox
- Beetles knock off Mankato - Alexandria Beetles
- Grand Slam Dooms Bombers - Battle Creek Bombers
- Seven-Run Fourth Inning Leads Stingers to 9-6 Victory - Willmar Stingers
- Bullfrogs Fall to 6-12 with Loss for First-Place Woodchucks - Green Bay Bullfrogs
The opinions expressed in this release are those of the organization issuing it, and do not necessarily reflect the thoughts or opinions of OurSports Central or its staff.