The Rochester Honkers' offense lost its momentum on Monday.
After putting up 26 total runs in their two previous games, the Honkers managed just one in a 7-1 loss to Bismarck at Mayo Field.
Bismarck's starting pitcher Seth Brewer was the story of the night. The standout from Northern State University in Aberdeen, S.D., pitched six innings, allowed just four hits, one run and no walks, while recording eight strikeouts.
Bismarck recorded all the runs it would need in the opening inning when Derek Shoen drilled a two-run single. Ethan Kleinheider added an RBI groundout in the fifth to stretch the Larks' lead to 3-0 before Rochester could get on the board.
The Honkers (4-4) scored their only run of the game in the bottom of the sixth inning when Marco Castillo drove in Cam Thompson (Purdue University) with a two-out base hit. Thompson had reached on a two-out double off the left field wall.
Bismarck tacked on four runs in the final two innings, including three in the top of the ninth. Larks relievers Brian Baker, Brett Barnett and Blake Gallagher pitched three shutout innings to seal the victory.
Rochester received a solid start from pitcher Brendan Medoro (Fairleigh Dickinson), who held Bismarck to two earned runs through five innings, with three strikeouts. Patrick Williams then pitched two perfect innings before Bismarck got to Honkers reliver Alec Holcomb for four runs over the final two innings.
Rochester hosts St. Cloud at 6:35 p.m. today in the opener of a home and home series.