Ben North, Zach Cole and Otto Grimm all launched home runs, but a disastrous eight-run fourth inning doomed the Honkers in Sunday’s 13-9 loss to the Minnesota Mud Puppies.
An Andrew Mckenna run-scoring single and Cole’s 3-run bomb gave Rochester a 4-1 lead in the first inning, but the Mud Puppies used two errors, three walks and four hits to take a commanding 9-4 lead in the fourth inning. William Sturek hit a 3-run home run to really blow the game open right after an error by North extended the inning.
The 13-9 loss snapped Rochester’s four-game winning streak and they slipped under .500 yet again (24-25).
McKenna finished with two hits and an RBI. Grimm went 2-for-4 with his fourth homer of the season. Grimm drove in three runs as did Cole.
But the Honkers’ pitching staff just couldn’t string together enough zeroes on Sunday and their defense didn’t give them enough help.
Shane Martin got the start and allowed four runs (two earned) in 3 1/3 innings. He walked two and didn’t strike out a man. Jack Brodsky allowed four unearned runs in the fourth inning. Darren Jansen gave the Honkers 2 1/3 innings and allowed two runs (one earned). The Mud Puppies tagged Phil Romeo for two earned runs in the seventh inning and he exited after only recording one out. Michael Portela struck out three in the final 2 2/3. He allowed three hits and one earned run. He was the only Honkers hurler to strike someone out all night as the Mud Puppies really put the ball in play all afternoon long.
Rochester will be back in action on Monday when they travel to Eau Claire to take on the Express. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 at Carson Park.