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Former Honker Matt Strahm looking to rebound after rocky start with KC Royals

 

(Kansas City, Mo.) – The Kansas City Royals announced on April 11 that left-handed pitcher Matt Strahm would be reassigned to Triple-A Omaha Storm Chasers after struggling in the start of the regular season. Strahm pitched for the Rochester Honkers in 2010.

Strahm did not reach a full inning of work in any of his three appearances. On opening day at Minnesota, Matt pitched a third of an inning, giving up four runs on two hits and two walks, taking the decision in a 1-7 loss to the Twins. Over his next two games, he gave up a combined three more runs in 1.0 inning. Stram fell to a 0-2 record with a 47.25 ERA.

This came surprisingly after a very successful spring training with the Royals in the Cactus League. Strahm did not allow a run in his first 10.1 innings of work. He held his opponent scoreless in eight of his nine appearances. His only blemish was six run blow against Cincinnati on March 20. He ended spring training without giving up a hit or a run in his final three appearances. His 15 strikeouts was fifth-best on the team. Strahm only surrendered one walk and finished with a 0.82 WHIP.

Matt made the short trip to Omaha from Kansas City in time to play in the Storm Chasers’ 9-1 win over Round Rock on Tuesday. He pitched a scoreless eighth inning, giving up one hit while striking out one batter. This is Strahm’s first time playing for Omaha. He made the jump to the majors in 2017 after playing in Double-A Northwest Arkansas last season. The Storm Chasers will stay at home to finish the series against Round Rock before three games against New Orleans.

The Rochester Honkers 24th season begins on Tuesday, May 30th when the team hosts the Mankato Moondogs in their home opener at Mayo Field at 7:05 pm. The NEW 5-Game Packs are available now!  Season Tickets, ½ Season Plans, Suites and Patios are also available. Call the Rochester Honkers office at 507-289-1170 for more information.  The Honkers are also looking for host families for the 2017 season and ask all interested parties to call the business office for more information.

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