Honkers Lose 9th Straight 3-1 to Kalamazoo, Drop to 5-19
KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- The Honkers (5-19) got a second straight quality start, but their offense was silent once again in 3-1 loss to the Kalamazoo Growlers.
The loss, the Honkers ninth straight, came at the hands of Growlers starter Jacob Piechota (W, 1-0), who went eight innings allowing only one run on seven hits, striking out one while only walking one.
The Honkers got a good start out of David Worrell (L, 0-2) who went seven innings allowing three earned runs one walk and four strikeouts.
Worrell allowed his first run in the bottom of the first when Nick Hutchins doubled in Connor Smith to make the score 1-0.
In the top of the second, the Honkers tied it up when Casey Worden hit his second home run of the year to make the score 1-1.
After a scoreless bottom of the second, Worrell got into trouble in the third that ended up being the difference. After giving up two straight singles with one out, Worrell gave up an RBI single to Trey Ganns to make the score 2-1. That was followed by Brady Cherry hitting an RBI double to score Dan Robinson to make the score 3-1.
Worrell was relieved by Bayley Chesterton who had another scoreless outing in the eighth for the Honkers. Piechota came in to pitch the ninth in an attempt at a complete game, Alex Fitchett lead of the inning with a single and after Casey Worden reached on a fielders choice Piechota was replaced by reliever Austin Rodesky (S, 4).
With Fitchett on second, and pinch-runner Mark Contreras on first, Jacob Thomas bunted them into scoring position. However both runners would be stranded as Jackson Thoreson stuck out and Miles Lewis flew out to left to end the game.
The Honkers play Kalamazoo for a second straight game tomorrow afternoon at 3:05 at Homer Stryker Field.