Pitching Rules in 2-1 Honkers Loss to St. Cloud
ROCHESTER, Minn. -- Honkers (12-20, 19-48) starter Alex Fagalde, and St. Cloud Rox (20-11, 44-22) starter Robbie Palkert traded zeroes through six innings, but one run in the top of the ninth proved the difference in a 2-1- Honkers loss.
Alex Fagalde was nearly untouchable in his six innings. He started out the game by getting his five of his first six batters out via strikeout. In total, Fagalde, went six innings, allowing only four hits and no runs, while walking only one and striking out seven. With the six shutout innings, Fagalde brought his scoreless innings streak to 28 innings.
On the other side Robbie Palkert went six innings, only only three hits, and one walk, while striking out five. However Palkert made one mistake, giving up a moonshot to Ryan Fitzpatrick, leaving after the sixth with his team down 1-0.
The Honkers brought in Isaac Friesen to pitch the seventh and Friesen the first two he saw, then hit a batter, walked the next on four pitches, then allowed a single up that middle off his glove, and just past Josh Hauser's that allowed Mark Skonieczny to score to tie the game at 1-1.
Chris Martin pitched a scoreless seventh and eighth, and Friesen pitched a scoreless eighth to bring it to the ninth.
In the ninth, Friesen quickly allowed St. Cloud to load the bases, and on a controversial play, Kyle Kasser threw a groundball home to get the lead runner, but the runner Denis Karas was called safe with the home plate umpire saying that Thoreson's foot was off the bag, giving the Rox a 2-1 lead.
Friesen could've given up more, but Kyle Kasser made an incredible start to a 4-6-3 double play, that got the Honkers out of the inning down one.
Brian Glowicki came in to pitch the ninth for the Rox. Drew Ellis worked a walk to lead of the ninth, but Alex Fitchett bunt popped out to the catcher, then Josh Davis flew out to center, to bring up Jackson Thoreson with only one out left in the game. Thoreson grounded to short to end the game, losing 2-1.
Chris Martin got the win to improve to 5-0, Isaac Friesen was dealt the loss to drop to 1-5, and Brian Glowicki got the save, his tenth of the year.
The Honkers and Rox play again Wednesday night at 7:05 for the final home game at Mayo Field this season, as they are off tomorrow as the Northwoods League Junior Showcase is taking place in Madison, Wisconsin.