Honkers Shutout at Home
(Rochester, Minn.) – The Rochester Honkers offense was held to one hit as they were blanked by the St. Cloud Rox 2-0 Thursday at Mayo Field. The Rox snapped a three-game losing streak to improve to 14-13 in the second half and 30-33 overall. The loss halts a two-game winning streak for the Honkers as they fall to 13-14 and 30-33.
Neither team could get much offense going until the Rox got on the board in the fifth. Ryan Weisenberg (Georgetown) singled to center to bring in a run and put St. Cloud up 1-0.
St. Cloud added an insurance run in the seventh as Landon Stephens (Miami Ohio) came around to score on a balk and give the Rox a 2-0 advantage.
Despite making his best start of the summer, Honkers starting pitcher Drew Slade (Ripon) took the loss. Slade spun 6 1/3 innings and gave up two runs on four hits. Michael Brandt (Augustana) came in relief to work 2 2/3 innings giving up no runs on one hit and struck out three.
Matt Hardy (UC Riverside) singled to center field in the first inning for the Honkers lone hit of the contest.
Rox starting pitcher Will Warren (Southeastern Louisiana) picked up his first win after tossing eight one-hit innings.
The Honkers take on the Rox in the series finale Friday at Mayo Field for Fireworks Extravaganza presented by AmericInn. Cole Quintanilla (Texas) is scheduled to start for the Honkers, the right-hander has posted a 3.85 ERA and a 1-1 record. Evan Johnson (Creighton) is scheduled to start for the Rox, Johnson has recorded a 4-0 record and a 1.83 ERA. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
The Rochester Honkers are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Now in its 25th anniversary season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 20 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, 200 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET) and Curtis Granderson (TOR). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit www.rochesterhonkers.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Honkers as your favorite team.