Ben North, Zach Cole and Otto Grimm all started home runs, but a disastrous eight-run fourth inning caused the Honkers to fail in Sunday’s 13-9 loss to the Minnesota Mud Puppies.
An Andrew Mckenna run scoring single and Cole’s 3-run bombshell gave Rochester a 4-1 lead in the first inning, but the Mud Puppies took advantage of two mistakes, three walks and four hits to a sovereign 9-4 in the fourth inning -Achieve leadership. William Sturek hit a 3-run home run to really inflate the game right after a mistake by North that extended the inning.
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The 13-9 loss ended Rochester’s four-game winning streak and they again slipped below .500 (24-25).
McKenna ended with two hits and an RBI. Grimm went 2 for 4 with his fourth homer of the season. Like Cole, Grimm drove in three runs.
But the Honkers pitching team just couldn’t string enough zeros together on Sunday and their defense wasn’t helping them enough.
Shane Martin got the start, allowing four runs (two earned) in 3 1/3 innings. He went in twos and didn’t turn down a man. Jack Brodsky allowed four undeserved runs in the fourth inning. Darren Jansen gave the Honkers 2 1/3 innings and allowed two runs (one earned). The Mud Puppies marked Phil Romeo for two earned runs in the seventh inning and he was eliminated after recording just one out. Michael Portela beat 2 2/3 three in the final. He allowed three hits and one well-deserved run. He was the only Honkers slingshot to knock someone out all night as the mud pups really got the ball into play all afternoon.
Rochester will be back in action on Monday when they travel to Eau Claire to catch the express. The first pitch is scheduled for 6:35 a.m. in Carson Park.
BOX POINTS: Mud Puppies 13, Honkers 9