Honkers Fail to Hold Early Lead in 5-3 Loss to Duluth
DULUTH, Minn. -- The Honkers (11-16, 18-44) looked as if they were going to leave Duluth with a split as they were up 3-0 after five, but Honkers starter, Robert Paccione fell apart in the fourth and fifth as he gave up 5 runs in an eventual 5-3 loss to the Duluth Huskies (8-18, 26-36).
The Honkers jumped out again to an early lead, this time 3-0, but once again, they also failed to score four or more for the sixth straight game, and were swept by their opponent for the second straight time.
In the first the Honkers scored two and it could've been more. The Honkers loaded the bases after three straight singles, and brought Joey Czarske up to the plate. Czarske was able to drive in a run but grounded into a double play. Drew Ellis was able to drive in the second run to give his team a two run lead but they only drove in two of the five to reach base.
The Honkers added one more in the second as Kyle Kasser drove in Josh Hauser with an RBI double to give his team a 3-0 lead.
Robert Paccione (L, 0-3) was able to go through the order once seamlessly, but in the second run through he faced trouble. In the fourth, Paccione gave up an RBI double to Reid Long to make it 1-0, then Long scored when Matt Brown knocked a two-run home run to tie the game at 3-3.
In the fifth, Paccione allowed an unearned run when Casey Moses scored on a throwing error by Honkers catcher Brett Harrison giving the Huskies a 4-3 lead.
Paccione would give up one more in the sixth when Matt Brown score don Daniel Amaral's RBI single.
In all Paccione went six innings, allowing five runs, four earned, on 11 hits, while walking three and striking out four.
After the first two innings, when the Honkers scored their three, Huskies starter Corey Garconi (W, 3-3) went seven innings giving up three on eight hits, while walking one and striking out one.
The Honkers reached base twice in the ninth via walks and had the winning run at the plate but Quentin Longrie got out of the jam to get the save, his sixth of the season.
The Honkers are back at home tomorrow night at 7:05 as they play the Battle Creek Bombers (14-11, 32-29) at Mayo Field.