After sitting through a rain delay that lasted more than two hours, the Rochester pitching staff was absolutely lights out. Aaron Vernon only allowed two hits in five innings with five strikeouts and he left the game with a 1-0 lead.
But the Honkers' bullpen couldn't shut it down. St. Cloud scored one in the sixth and walked it off in the ninth inning on a single from Jordan Barth to beat Rochester 2-1.
In the ninth inning, Nate Swarts drew a leadoff walk and advanced to second on Jack Winkler's sacrifice. The Honkers chose not to pitch to Justin Kirby and put him on using an intentional walk, but Barth made the Honkers pay with a two-strike single to left field off Matthew Maldonado.
The Honkers finished with just five hits. Cam Thompson delivered a run-scoring double in the third inning to drive home Mike Bolton Jr. who reached base via a hit by pitch. Rochester couldn't muster up any offense for the final six innings. They only tallied one hit after the third inning.
The Honkers sit at 4-6 overall but they'll get some much-needed time off. Rochester will have four days off before returning to action on Monday when they host Mankato at 6:35 p.m.