BISMARCK -- The Rochester Honkers and Bismarck Larks got up early for 9:30 a.m. game on Wednesday -- part of a split doubleheader -- and the Honkers showed no sign of sleepiness in this one.
Rochester scored three times in the top of the first, then added three more in the top of the second to take a 6-1 lead, then cruised to an 8-1 win behind the dominant pitching of Daniel Silva, who scattered four hits over eight innings to pick up his first win for the Honkers. He walked two and struck out four before giving way to Anthony Rodriguez, who tossed a scoreless ninth.
Rodriguez hasn't given up a run in two appearances for the Honkers, and Silva lowered his ERA to 2.84.
On offense, the Honkers got good production from the duo of Tristan Peterson and Ryan Wrobleski, who combined for three hits, two RBIs and five runs scored. Wrobleski drove in Peterson with a double in Rochester's three-run first inning, and he leads the club with 11 RBIs. Joey Daini also had a great day at the plate for Rochester, connecting for a pair of doubles and an RBI.
Evan Berkey continues to swing a hot bat for Rochester. He picked up two more hits on Wednesday morning and his hitting .304.
The Honkers took advantage of some wildness by Bismarck's pitchers, who hit four batters and also walked four. Three of those free passes came with the bases loaded to force in three runs.
Rochester is now 9-7, while Bismarck is 10-6.
Honkers 8, Bismarck 1
Rochester: Berkey 2-for-5, R; Tristan Peterson 1-for-3, 3 R, RBI; Wrobleski 2-for-4, 2B, 2 R, RBI; Simmons 2-for-4, R, RBI; Tristan Peterson 1-for-4; Schmitt 2 RBI; Daini 2-for-4, 2 2B, R, RBI; Nelson 1-for-5, RBI. Pitchers: Silva 8 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K; Rodriguez 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K.
Bismarck: Gregory 1-for-3; Stephenson 1-for-3, R; Peterson 1-for-4; Rogers 1 RBI; Ulrich 1-for-3. Pitchers: Diaz (LP) 1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 1 K; Rogers 7 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 7 K; Sidwell 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K.