THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO– The Rochester Honkers struggled to get going on a cold night as they came up short against Thunder Bay, losing to the Border Cats 5-1. The Honkers fall to 5-3 after the loss and Thunder Bay picks up their first win as they improve to 1-7.
The Border Cats would score two runs in the second inning off Rochester starter Dwayne Marshall (Maryland Eastern-Shore) to grab the early 2-0 lead. They would add two more in the fourth inning as Ryne Edmondson (Houston Baptist) contributed a two-run single to increase the Thunder Bay lead to 4-0.
The Honkers would attempt to rally in the sixth inning when Aaron Simmons (UW-Stevens Point) singled home Tristian Peterson (New Mexico State) to pull Rochester within three at 4-1. But the Boarder Cats would add one more for good measure in the seventh inning to put away the Honkers and secure a 5-1 victory.
Notable performances on Tuesday for Rochester included Landon Anderson (Cal-State Fullerton) who made his Honkers debut and contributed with three innings pitched while striking out four. Anderson also impressed as he had a stretch where he retired seven straight Boarder Cats hitters. Casey Nimmo (San Diego Mesa) also threw two innings giving up one earned run with three strikeouts.
Rochester will look to rebound on Wednesday night when they meet up again with Thunder Bay at Port Arthur Stadium in the third game of a four-game set. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 CT.