Nick Gruener allows one hit in 7 innings to help hand Eau Claire first loss

(Rochester, Minn.)– Prior to Thursday’s game against the Eau Claire Express, the Honkers’ hot bats were the story. Thursday night, the Honkers were only able to gather 6 hits but still managed to win the game 3-1 behind the arm of Nick Gruener (Harvard).

Gruener was phenomenal in his first start of the year for the Honkers. He pitched 7 innings in the game allowing just 1 hit, 1 walk and 1 run. In addition to the Honkers’ 14 strikeouts the night before, Gruener struck out seven batters and reliever John Conquy (Dixie State) added 1 strikeout, bringing the Honkers’ strikeout total to 22 over the last two ballgames.

Conquy pitched the 8th and 9th innings, allowing 1 hit and pitching out of some trouble in the 9th with runners on first and third base with just one out on his way to his first save as a Honker.

The Honkers are home tonight for one game against Eau Claire before heading back out on the road for a five game road trip starting in Duluth Saturday. First pitch tonight is at 7:05 p.m. and the game will be followed by a fireworks show sponsored by Townsquare Media and KROC AM.

Courtesy: Andy Sroka-media@rochesterhonkers.com