Honkers Stifled by Bucks Pitching in 2-0 Loss
Waterloo, WI -- In the second game of their two game set with the Waterloo Bucks (6-2) the Rochester Honkers (2-5) got what they needed from their pitching but once again were silenced offensively in 2-0 loss.
The Honkers starter Isaac Friesen (L, 0-1) was an inning away from a quality start in his first start of the season going five runs of one run ball while only giving up two hits but walking four.
After giving up a run in the first, on a Tyler Curtis RBI single that drove in Daniel Perry, Friesen went four more shutout innings before giving way to the Honkers bullpen after only 67 pitches. Robert Paccione came in for the bottom of the sixth and got two quick outs before giving up a single to Robert Neustrom who then scored on Adam McGinnis' double to make the score 2-0.
Paccione then pitched a scoreless seventh before giving way to Tanner Schumacher who pitched a perfect eighth inning.
The Honkers offense was shut down from the start as they got their first hit in the top of the third off the bat of Keaton Weisz. They were held to only three hits for the game by Bucks starter Brett Solano (W, 1-0), who went eight innings walking none and striking out seven.
In the ninth Bucks right-hander Brandon Downey was brought in and got three quick outs to seal the victory and get his league-leading third save of the year.
After another sweep, the Honkers look to bounce back tomorrow at in Mankato for two games as they will play a double header after last week's rainout. The first game is at 6:05 and the second will be at 8:05. In their only matchup this season the MoonDogs beat the Honkers 12-2 at Mayo Field.