(Mankato, Minn.) – The Rochester Honkers (8-9) dropped a road game to the Mankato MoonDogs (9-7) by a score of 9-1. Eddie Mathis (Bellarmine) struck out 10 batters in six innings, but took the loss (1-3) for the Honkers. Zach Zubia (Texas) went one-for-three, extending his on-base streak to a league-high 17 games.
The MoonDogs struck first in the opening inning. Zac Wiley (Bellarmine) doubled off his college teammate to score Alvaro Rubalcaba (Cal. State Northridge) for the first run of the game. Nick Vaage (Memphis) followed with a one-out ground out to score another run from third base.
Mathis caught fire after that by throwing four consecutive 1-2-3 innings with five strikeouts in that span.
Garrett Calvert (Cypress) led off in the top of the third inning for his first career at-bat with the Honkers. He doubled and came in to score two batters later on an error by the MoonDogs’ first baseman.
The Mankato offense finally ended Mathis’ hot streak in the sixth inning. Four runs crossed on three hits for the MoonDogs, but Mathis closed out the final inning of his start by striking out three out of four batters.
The MoonDogs returned in the seventh inning and scored another three runs on three doubles to glide to an eight-run victory.
Collin Floyd (Youngstown State) earned the win (1-0) for the MoonDogs. He pitched seven innings, giving up the lone run on five hits. He struck out three batters with a walk.
The Honkers will look to take revenge against the Mankato MoonDogs tomorrow night at Franklin Rogers Park. First pitch Friday night is 7:05 p.m. Hunter Sullivan (Louisville) is scheduled to start on the mound for the Flock. Sullivan is 1-0 this season with a 2.70 ERA.
The next home game is Saturday, June 17th against the Waterloo Bucks. It is First Responders Night at Mayo Field. Show your First Responders ID and get a free general admission ticket.
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