Honkers Unable to Close Out Huskies in 4-3 Loss
ROCHESTER, MN -- After an important win last night, rather this morning, over the Waterloo Bucks with huge performances out of the bullpen, that same pen cost the Rochester Honkers (5-11) a victory tonight in a 4-3 loss to the Duluth Huskies (8-9).
The Honkers were able to hold a 3-1 lead into the ninth but Honkers reliever Sam Bjorngjeld (L, 0-1) gave up three runs in the ninth to give up the lead, and bringing another loss to Mayo Field.
The Honkers got another great start from Houston Glad who, one would assume, as cemented his spot on this team despite being on a temporary contract. Glad went seven innings giving up only one run on five hits while walking one and striking out four.
The Honkers, rather than giving up an early lead, grabbed an early lead in the first inning thanks to Alex Fitchett's bases loaded walk to drive in the first run of the game. Jackson Thoreson followed and drove in Christopher Scalisi, as he grounded him into a double play.
Houston Glad gave up his lone run in the top of the third, on a one-out home run by Logan Browning to make it 2-1.
However in the fourth Alex Fitchett finally got the ball passed the warning track and over the wall for his first home run of the year to give the Honkers a 3-1 lead and give him a productive day at the plate going 1-3 with a walk. Also, Honkers newcomer, Turner Buis led off for the Honkers playing left field and went 2-4 with a run scored.
In the top of the ninth Bjorngjeld gave up the three runs all with two outs left to go. The first game on an RBI single by Carter Hanford with two strikes against him. Hanford than scored when Matt Brown hit a two-run home run, again with two strikes against him to take a 4-3 lead.
The Honkers, now 1-1 on their five game home stand look to split their series with the Huskies tomorrow night at 7:05 at Mayo Field.