Honkers Split in Alexandria
Rochester, MN (rochesterhonkers.com) — The Rochester Honkers dropped the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader at Alexandria 5-3 in seven innings after holding a 3-0 lead as late as the sixth.
Matt Walker took a bid for a perfect game into the fifth inning in just his second start for the Honkers this season, before giving up a single with two outs in the fifth. Walker took the loss.
After breaking up Walkers perfect game in the fifth, the Blue Anchors would do some damage against the freshman from UCLA as they scored five times in the bottom of the sixth to take a 5-3 lead.
In game one, William Paschal scored on a throwing error by Alexandria in the bottom of the seventh for his second walk off of 2015. The Honkers played as the home team as the two teams made up a game postponed from June 12th that had originally been scheduled to be played in Rochester.
Ricky Delgado (San Joaquin Delta CC) earned the win for Rochester. Honker’s starter Jordan Gross (Tulane) had a quality start, going six innings and allowing three runs on 8 hits
The Honkers are now 10-9 in the second half and sit in sixth place in the North Division, though they are just a game behind second place Duluth. At 30-23 overall, the Honkers it at fourth in the division for the season, clinging to what would currently be the last playoff spot by two games.
The Honkers and Blue Anchors will play once more on Sunday, July 19th, at 1:05 p.m., before heading into the All Star Break. The 2015 NWL All Star Game will be in Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. on July 21st. Jayson Yano (Stevens Institute) will be the Honkers lone representative on the North Division squad. The Marshfield Home Run Contest will precede the All-Star game, with Duffin getting the nod in to represent Rochester in that one.
The Honkers will be back in Rochester on Thursday, July 23rd, to face the Eau Claire Express at 12:05 p.m. It will be Kids "3 Buck" Day presented by Perkins. Kids 12 and under will gain admission for just $3! It will also be a Novo Nordisk Home Run for Life Thursday.