Bullpen Falters in 15-5 Loss to St. Cloud
ROCHESTER, Minn. -- The Honkers (7-31) offense score five-plus runs once again but were held scoreless after the fourth as the St. Cloud Rox (25-12)scored eight of their fourteen runs after the fifth in a 15-5 loss.
Honkers' starter Jackson Douglas only gave up two runs in the first when All-Star Luke Ringhofer drove in fellow All-Star Ricky Ramirez with a double to left. Then Ringhofer scored on Michael Strom single to center to make the score 2-0.
The Honkers quickly responded off of Rox' All-Star starting pitcher Logan Salow when Kyle Kasser scored on Alex Fitchett's RBI triple to right. Fitchett then score on Casey Worden's groundout to third making the score 2-2.
Over the next two innings for Douglas he gave up another four runs exiting the game with the Honkers behind 6-2.
In the fourth Brett Herbner gave up a solo shot to Michael Strem but that would be it in his three innings. In the bottom of the fourth, the Honkers added three runs of their own. Jacob Thomas lead off the inning with a walk then after Josh Davis and Kyle Kasser walked, Turner Buis drew a walk to drive in Thomas. Alex Fitchett then grounded into a 5-3 double play but that allowed Josh Davis to score. Following Fitchett, Casey Worden came up and drove in Buis with a single to right making the score 7-5, and knocking out Salow after 3.2 innings.
That would be all offensively for the Honkers as Chris Martin finished the inning and threw the next without giving up a run and Collin Strall another of the seven all-stars for the Rox, went four shutout innings giving up four hits and striking out four.
The big inning for the Rox came in the eighth when the Honkers, using three pitchers to get through one inning as they combined gave up five runs in the inning on four walks and only one hit.
The Honkers gave up two more in the ninth to make the game 15-5, before being shutdown in the ninth with Joey Czarske grounding out to second to strand two runners and end the game.
Chris Martin was given the win (2-0) and Jackson Douglas was given the loss (0-3), and Strall got the save, his sixth of the year.
The Honkers will be back again tomorrow night at 7:05 playing the St. Cloud Rox again at Mayo Field.