Honkers Shutout Border Cats in 3-0 Victory
ROCHESTER, Minn. -- The Honkers (9-11, 16-39) behind the arms of Ricky Delgado and Sam Bjorngjeld, shutout a second team in four days, in their 3-0 victory against the Thunder Bay Border Cats (7-11, 13-40).
The Honkers led in hits with 11 to Thunder Bay's six, but were held to only three runs as Brandon Langan and Seth Gill were able to limit the Honkers hits to singles, and walked only three batters, with all three being committed by Gill in his two innings.
The Honkers failed to score after loading the bases in the first but in the second they didn't waste their opportunities. Casey Worden lead off the inning with a single, and three batters later, came in to score on Kyle Kasser's fielder's choice to give the Honkers a 1-0 lead.
The Honkers then added two more in the fourth when Jacob Thomas drove in Alex Fitchett from first with a double, and then scored on Kyle Kasser's fly out to left to make it a 3-0 score.
The true story however was the arm of Ricky Delgado. Prior to his first start of the year, Delgado boasted that his goal was to go eight innings on 80 pitches. He didn't make to eight innings, and was over eighty pitches, but his seven innings were absolutely stellar.
Delgado only allowed three hits, two of them coming in the first, as Delgado was nearly unhittable, retiring 11 straight and leaving after striking out two straight in the top of the seventh. On the night, Delgado went seven shutout innings, giving up three hits, only one walk, and striking out four.