Honkers go to All-Star Break with 6-4 Win Versus St. Cloud
ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- Backed by Max Gamboa's (1-0) five shutout innings, and a three run fifth inning, the Honkers (12-35, 5-7) took their final game before the All-Star Break 6-4 versus the St. Cloud Rox.
Gamboa's five innings was his longest outing of the season. Gamboa allowed only two hits, walking only one while using his low 90s fastball to strikeout four Rox batters.
The Honkers got the scoring going in the third by scoring two runs without getting a hit.
After Rox starter Matt Goytia (0-1), walked the bases loaded, Drew Ellis drew a walk to send Kyle Kasser home, and then all-star Turner Buis scored on a wild pitch during Alex Fitchett's at-bat to make the score 2-0.
In the fourth the Honkers scored once again without the benefit of a RBI hit. This time, with Kyle Kasser and Keaton Weisz on first and third, a double steal allowed Weisz to steal home to make the score 3-0.
That run scoring hit finally came in the fifth as a part of a three-run inning. The first run was scored on a Josh Davis sacrifice fly to make the score 4-0. Later on in the inning, Brett Harrison came up and got that hit I mentioned, when he drove a single to right that allowed Drew Ellis to score, and Alex Fitchett to score to make the score 6-0.
In the 7th, Honkers reliever Sam Bjorngjeld got into trouble allowed four runs, keyed by a two-run double by Ricky Ramirez, before getting relieved by Alex Fagalde. Fagalde got the final two outs of the seventh and then pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth to get the save and the clinch a win for the Honkers.
The win puts the Honkers two games below .500 through 12 games in the second half.
The Honkers won't be back on the field till Thursday when they first of two across the border in Thunder Bay, Canada, as they take the field at Port Arthur Stadium at 7:05 against the Border Cats (10-36, 4-8). In the days until then will be the Northwoods League All-Star game that will be in Kenosha, Wisconsin tomorrow night at 7:05.