WAITE PARK -- Four Brainerd pitchers shut out the St. Cloud River Bats over the last six innings and the Blue Thunder scored two runs in the seventh to break a tie game and win their third straight game 9-7 Monday at Dick Putz Field.
Both teams combined to score 13 runs in the first three innings with St. Cloud holding a 7-6 lead. But Blue Thunder pitchers Kai Tuomi, Gerard Breslin, Luke Baughman and Brandon Magee combined to shut out the River Bats over the final six innings, giving up a total of just five hits in that span.
Blue Thunder 9, St. Cloud 7
The key: Brainerd broke a 7-7 tie game with two runs in the seventh to win its third straight.
Records: Brainerd (17-19, 3-1); St. Cloud (20-18, 0-4).
Next: Northwoods League All-Star game in Alexandria, 7:05 p.m. Wednesday.
Brainerd's Kyle Mura led the offensive attack by going 5-for-5 with a double, two RBI and one run scored. Dan Quinn added two hits, including a double, and drove in three runs. Alex Bardeguez went 2-3 with two RBI and Rodney McMahon had two hits, including a solo home run. Joey Tautges scored three times for the Blue Thunder.
Brainerd 114 100 020 -- 9 14 0
St. Cloud 214 000 000 -- 7 14 3
St. Cloud -- Stephen Muck, Ryan Tousley (4), Zach Piccola (6), Lombardi (8), Aaron Cook (9) and Marek. Brainerd -- Jon Hansen, Dillon Gee (3), Kai Tuomi (4), Gerard Breslin (7), Luke Baughman (8), Brandon Magee (9). WP -- Breslin (3-3). LP -- Lombardi (0-1). Save -- Magee (1).
2B -- B-Kyle Mura, Dan Quinn; SC-Pat Mahoney, Robby Jacobson. HR -- B-Rodney McMahon; SC-Jake Eigsti, Tommy Giles. RBI -- B-Joey Tautges, Mura 2, Quinn 3, McMahon, Alex Bardeguez 2; SC-Eigsti, Scott Hendrix, Giles 4. SB -- B-Bardeguez. Sac -- SC-Eigsti. LOB -- B 7, SC 8. Time -- 3:00. Attendance: 2071.
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