Honkers Drop Suspended Game 3-2 Before Losing 8-4 to Waterloo
WATERLOO, Iowa -- The Honkers (7-28) played 10 innings yesterday but walked away with two losses to Waterloo (22-13), as their floundering season continues to hit new lows.
With the losses, the Honkers winning percentage dropped to .200 on the season and have securely clinched the worst record for a half, and the worst losing percentage by 81 percentage points over the 2011 first half squad.
The first loss came through completing their game from June 14th that was suspended after eight innings, the Honkers were unable to tie the game or take the lead as they dropped it quickly 3-2.
In the regularly scheduled game, the Honkers were able to score four runs but pitching was unable to hold two leads as they fell 8-4.
For a third straight game, the Honkers jumped out to an early lead in the first as they scored two unearned runs. Drew Ellis reached on an error by Bucks third baseman Zac Sanders that allowed Ellis to reach second and Turner Buis to advance to third. Buis then scored on Casey Worden's sacrifice fly to left, and Ellis subsequently scored on Alex Fitchett's RBI single to make the score 2-0.
However, as often is the case, Honkers starter Alex Fagalde allowed two runs in the bottom half of the inning on back-to-back RBI doubles to make the score 2-2.
The Honkers regained the lead in the top of the second when Joey Czarske scored on Jacob Thomas' sac fly, after leading off the inning with a triple.
Fagalde once again gave up two runs as Lane Milligan drove in two with a two-run single making the score 4-3.
For the third consecutive inning Fagalde allowed another two runs, making the score 6-3, when Robert Neustrom led of the inning with his first home run of the year, and then Zach Weatherford scored on an error by Kyle Kasser.
The score remained at 6-3 until the bottom of the seventh when reliever Houston Glad gave up two runs in his second inning of work. The first came on an Adam McGuinness RBI single and the second came when Weatherford scored from third, after stealing second and third, on an error by Honkers catcher Jackson Thoreson, making the score 8-3.
The Honkers were able to add one in the ninth when Jackson Thoreson scored on Jacob Thomas' ground out to third but that would be it as they lost 8-4.
Alex Fagalde (0-1) was given the loss and Jordan Acceta (4-1) was given the win.
The Honkers are back at home tonight as they play the Waterloo Bucks once again with a 7:05 first pitch.