Honkers Drop First Half Finale
Rochester took on Waterloo Monday afternoon at Mayo Field and fell by a score of 6-5. Originally scheduled as the first game of a two city doubleheader, inclement weather caused game two in Waterloo to be postponed. Rochester finishes the first half 19-15 in the North Division.
Waterloo got on the board first after leadoff man Pat MacKenzie singled and was driven in by David Kerian after advancing to second on a sacrifice. MacKenzie singled twice more and got thrown out on the base paths twice.
The Rochester offense didn't have much going for five innings, with a Travis Hull single as their only hit off starter Nick Veale.
Rochester then got it going in the bottom of the sixth. Casey Fletcher led off the inning with a walk and was driven in by John Schuknecht. Connor Schaefbauer was then brought in to pinch hit and singled to score Jeff Campbell. Campbell's hitting streak is now at ten games. Anthony Sequeira singled to left for an RBI and after an error in left field, reached third with Schaefbauer coming home to take the lead 4-3. Waterloo pitcher Aaron Meyers recorded only one out in the inning before being relieved. The lead was extended to 5-3 after a Travis Hull single to center. Hull went 2-4 in the game.
It was on to the bullpen for Rochester in the seventh, with the comeback giving Matt Kent a chance for a second straight win to even his record at 2-2. Kent pitched well enough to keep the Honkers in the ballgame, allowing just two earned runs. It was, however, Nick Highberger who evened his record.
Highberger was greeted in the seventh to two hits and a sacrifice fly that tied the game at 5-5. Highberger came on again in the eighth and after a walk and sacrifice bunt, Waterloo took the lead back on Jon McAllister double. Rochester could not muster another rally, and the 6-5 score stayed.
Tuesday will be an off day for the Honkers before they begin the second half of the season. The Honkers will kick off the second half Wednesday at Mayo Field against the Duluth Huskies.