MoonDogs still have Honkers' number

Rochester Honkers slugger Kevin Barker is out by half a stride against Mankato on Wednesday at Mayo Field. Playing first for the Moondogs is Chase Simpson. The Honkers suffered a 6-3 loss.

The Rochester Honkers haven't had much success in the second half of the Northwoods League season no matter who is in the opposing dugout.

But the Mankato MoonDogs have been a particular pain in the feathers.

Mankato beat Rochester for the seventh straight time this season 6-3 before a season-high crowd of 1,820 at Mayo Field, sending the Honkers to their fifth consecutive loss.

Rochester dropped to 1-13 in the North Division second half standings while Mankato improved to 10-4.

"I think they're catching a hot streak," Honkers outfielder Kevin Barker said of Mankato. "They just have had our number the last couple of weeks. There's no explaining it; that's just baseball."


Rochester out-hit Mankato 10-9 but once again two of the MoonDogs' hits left the park for home runs which produced three runs.

Mankato has hit a whopping 15 home runs in nine games against Rochester this season, including eight in a two-game sweep last week, and four more in two games this week.

"They're a great-hitting club; you've just got to tip your hat to a club that can pound the ball like that," said Rochester assistant coach Tony Peckek, who has shared manager duties with Matt Bowman the last two games while manager Adam White attends a family funeral in Pennsylvania.

The same two teams meet for the 10th and final time this season at 7:05 p.m. today in Mankato.

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