The Honkers returned to Mayo Field to face the Mankato Moondogs Sunday. After taking an early lead, Rochester fell to Mankato 14-4.

The Honkers took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Casey Fletcher came in to score on an Anthony Sequeira double just out of the reach of a diving center fielder.

Mankato was held hitless in the first 2 innings, but came through with 2 runs on 3 hits in the 3rd inning to take the lead. Further damage was contained when right-fielder Casey Fletcher threw the lead runner out at third for the third out of the inning. Rochester tied it up at 2-2 in the bottom of the 4th, but left the bases loaded for the first of three times in the ballgame.

Mankato scored 2 in the 5th and 6 in the 6th to put the game out of reach. Five of those runs were driven in by Mankato first baseman Spencer O’Neil via a pair of home runs.

The 7th and 8th innings saw the Honkers rally to load the bases, but only one run was driven in. The Honkers left fourteen runners on base on the afternoon.

With the loss, the Honkers drop to 8-5 on the season. Rochester will try to split the two game series with Mankato Monday night at Mayo Field. First pitch is set for 7:05.