Honkers Shutout by Merchants 3-0 in 1 hit performance by Merchant Pitching

It was a very low scoring affair in this game against the Everett Merchants, where six scattered hits was enough to beat the Honkers on a day where not much offense was going to be enough in this one. An early single by lefty Cameron Padron was the only hit that the Honkers would have the entire night, as the Merchant pitching was very effective all game. There was a lot of fooled batters in this one for the Honkers, as evident by the five strikeouts but the pitchers did a great job of getting the Honkers to put the ball in play, and the fielders seemed to make every play that was hit to them.

The Honkers offense was not at its best tonight, but Tanner Braun was still able to deliver with another quality start. It wasn’t Tanner’s best performance  of the year, but he was still very effective in six innings of work only giving up three runs and striking out five and only walking two. Even with the start, Tanner’s ERA still sits sub two at 1.82, which paces the team. Closer Austin Pascika was also very effective in relief, as he threw three scoreless innings, and almost faced the minimum nine batters in three innings of work.

This was the right direction for the pitching, but if the Honkers can figure out their spotty offense, then they will be back to there winning ways. Good luck to the Honkers in there tournament in Grand Forks.


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