THUNDER BAY -- The Rochester Honkers' bats went silent for the second night in a row, and the result Wednesday was a 3-1 loss to Thunder Bay. The Border Cats, who started the season with seven consecutive losses, have taken two consecutive games from the Honkers.
Rochester managed just four hits, all singles, and all of them against Thunder Bay starting pitcher Trent Valentine, who tossed 5 1/3 innings and gave up one run. He walked one batter and had five strikeouts.
The Honkers fared even worse against reliever Lucas Reid, who had given up seven earned runs on six hits in just four innings so far this season. On this night, he dominated the Honkers, tossing 3 2/3 hitless innings with no walks and four strikeouts.
Rochester starting pitcher Ryan Dorney kept the Honkers in the game, giving up three runs in five innings of work. Marc Bisogno then made his debut for the Honkers, tossing two scoreless innings, and Logan Nissen tossed a scoreless eighth inning.
But the Honkers, using a lineup that didn't include regulars Trace Peterson and Tristan Peterson, couldn't get any offense going. No Rochester batter had more than one hit.
The Honkers (5-4) wrap up their series at Thunder Bay with an 11:05 game on Thursday.
Border Cats 3, Honkers 1
Rochester: George 1-for-4; Berkey 1-for-2, R; Simmons 1-for-4; Allen 1 RBI; Schmitt 1-for-3. Pitchers: Dorney (LP) 5 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K; Bisogno 2 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 K; Nissen 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 K.
Thunder Bay: Vasquez 1-for-3, R; Galati 1-for-4, RBI; Fisher 1-for-3; Edmondson 1-for-3, RBI; Newton 2-for-4, R; Hernandez 2-for-4, RBI; Grilli 1-for-4, R; Soriano 1-for-3. Pitchers: Valentine (WP) 5 1/3 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K; Reid (S) 3 2/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 4 K.