The Rochester Honkers' collapse in Canada continued on Thursday, as the Border Cats claimed a 4-3 win in a matinee game and took the four game series 3-1.

The Border Cats were winless through their first seven games, but then they took three straight against Rochester.

Defense was the culprit on Thursday for the Honkers. Rochester committed two errors, and each resulted in an unearned run. 

Rochester starting pitcher Daniel Silva was the hard-luck loser. He tossed five innings, giving up four hits and three runs, but just one was earned. He walked none and struck out five, and his ERA is now at 4.09 through 11 innings of work.

Evan Berkey had a good day at the plate for Rochester, picking three hits, scoring twice and driving in a run. The junior from Cal State Bakersfield is hitting .310. 

His teammates, however, were a combined 4-for-28 against a suddenly-strong Thunder Bay pitching staff. Joe Moran started and earned his first win of the season, giving up four hits and one earned run in five innings with no walks and five strikeouts. 

As a team, Rochester is hitting .237, which ranks 15th in the 22-team Northwoods League. The Honkers pitchers rank ninth in the league with a combined 3.87 ERA. 

Rochester is 2 1/2 games behind Willmar in the Great Plains West division.

The Honkers (5-5) are at St. Cloud at 7:05 p.m. on Friday. 

Border Cats 4, Honkers 3

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Rochester: Berkey 3-for-5, 2 R, RBI; Tristan Peterson 1-for-4, R; Wrobleski 1-for-3; Simmons 1 RBI; Trace Peterson 1-for-4; Nelson 1 R; Daini 1-for-4. Pitchers: Silva (LP) 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 5 K; Allen 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K; Nissen 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 K. 

Thunder Bay: Newton 1-for-4; Fisher 1-for-4, R; Larson 2-for-4, R; Galati 1 RBI; Herhandez 1-for-2, 2B, R; Grilli 1-for-1, RBI; Shebloski 1-for-2, 2B, R, RBI. Pitchers: Moran (WP) 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 K; Burks 2 1/3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K; Kern (S) 1 2/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB. 

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Eric is the Post Bulletin outdoors editor and also is a sports reporter and columnist. He has a master's degree in American literature from the University of Kentucky and began working at the Post Bulletin in 2000. He’s an avid hunter and angler.

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