The Rochester Honkers swept the Brainerd Mighty Gulls with scores of 12-1 a 5-1 in a double-header Wednesday.
It was a cold and windy night for those few diehard fans who went to Mills Field. What made matters worse for those fans is that the Gulls could only put together two runs on seven hits for the two games.
Gulls pitcher Aaron Parker was scheduled to throw in the first game. As Parker warmed up in the bullpen, he had soreness in his arm and decided he wasn't going to be able to pitch. Gene DeSalme, who was going to start the second game, quickly warmed up and started the first game.
DeSalme may not have warmed up enough as he had trouble throwing strikes. He walked eight batters and hit two as he allowed seven earned runs in just four innings pitched. The Honkers batted through 12 players in the fourth inning as they scored seven runs with one hit by pitch, five walks and two hits. The Gulls also committed two errors in that inning.
Honkers starting pitcher Jay Garner shut down the Gulls, allowing just two hits with just two walks and three strikeouts. The only run he allowed came when Keith Laski singled in Joe Lima in the first inning after Lima tripled off the wall in centerfield.
In the second game the Gulls started Will McGuffey who had just flown in Wednesday from Texas. His first appearance was a rough one.
McGuffey walked the leadoff batter and gave up three hits as the Honkers scored three runs. In the third inning after delivering a pitch, McGuffey grabbed his arm and put his head down in obvious pain. He left the game and was taken to the hospital for further examination.
Al Bomer came on in relief in the fourth. He gave up seven hits, one earned run, struck out six and had no walks in his five innings pitched.
Again in the second game the Gulls bats just weren't there.
Designated hitter Andy Wilson and catcher Ryan Wickham combined for four of the Gulls' hits. Wilson was 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored as Wickham was 2-for-3 with an RBI. Scott Beshears had the other hit for the Gulls.
The Honkers had solid pitching again in the second game with Don Schmidt on the mound. Schmidt went the distance as he allowed just five hits, gave up one run in the seventh inning, walked just two and struck out two.
Schmidt had to like the hitting he was getting from his teammates. The Honkers banged out 12 hits in the second game for a total of 23 on the night. They also played errorless ball in both games compared to the Gulls' total of five on the night.
As the series with the Honkers now over, the Gulls take an 8-10 record into a two-game home series with Waterloo which starts at 7:05 p.m. today. Tonight is Budweiser Clydesdale Night as the Clydesdales will be on hand at Mills Field from 5:30 to 7.
Starting pitcher for tonight's game will be Mark Hanrahan from Iowa State who enters the game with a 4.15 ERA and a 1-1 record.
Rochester 010 710 3 -- 12 11 0
Brainerd 100 000 0 -- 1 2 3
Rochester --Jay Garner and Lee Bagley; Brainerd --Gene DeSalme, Robbie Buhl (5), Sam Steidl (7) and Rick Helland. WP --Garner. LP --DeSalme.
Rochester 300 110 0 -- 5 12 0
Brainerd 000 000 1 -- 1 5 2
Rochester --Don Schmidt and Corey Von Tungeln; Brainerd --McGuffey, Al Bomer (3) and Ryan Wickham. WP --Schmidt. LP --McGuffey. Overall --Brd 8-10, R 8-11. Next game --Gulls host Waterloo tonight at 7:05.
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