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Honkers Fall Despite Great Start to Rox

 

Alex Faglade pitches six shutout innings in 2-1 loss to St. Cloud Rox

(Rochester, Minn.) –  The Rochester Honkers fell to the St. Cloud Rox 2-1 at Mayo Field, despite Alex Fagalde’s (UC Riverside) great start, where he threw six shutout innings.

Fagalde allowed four hits, walked one and struck out seven in his start for the Honkers.

Ryan Fitzpatrick (Saddle Back) broke the tie with a long solo home run to left field, which gave the Honkers a 1-0 lead. The Rox came back with a run of their own in the seventh when Ricky Ramirez (McNeese State) hit a RBI single.

The Rox loaded the bases in the ninth, and were able to push a run home on a throwing error from the Honkers, to give the Rox a 2-1 win.

Isaac Friesen (1-5) (Hawaii) pitched the final three innings of relief, he allowed two runs, one earned, on three hits and walked two.

Robbie Palkert (Nebraska) got the start for St. Cloud; he went six innings, allowed one run on three hits, walked one and struck out five. Chris Martin (5-0) (Kent State) got the win in relief, he pitched two innings allowed one hit, walked one and struck out three. Brian Glowicki (10) (Minnesota) picked up his tenth save of the season after throwing the ninth inning.

Fitzpatrick went 1-for-3 with a RBI, while Turner Buis (Cal State Fullerton) went 2-for-4 to lead the Honkers’ offense. Ramirez went 2-for-5 with an RBI while Denis Karas (Cal Berkley) went 2-for-4 with a run scored to lead the Rox.

The Honkers fall to 12-20 in the second half and 19-48 overall, while the Rox move to 20-11 in the second half, and 44-22 overall.

The Honkers are back at home on Wednesday against the same Rox team on Fan / Host Family appreciation night! First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. and gates open at 6:00! The Honkers will head to Duluth on Thursday to take on the Huskies in a two-game series. Thursday and Friday’s first pitch is set for 6:35 p.m.

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