Huffman shuts down Royals as Hounds cruise

Published 11:10pm Friday, July 12, 2013

Joe Huffman brought his ‘A’ game as the Austin Greyhounds topped the Rochester Royals 8-1 in Marcusen Park Friday.

Joe Huffman pitches for the Greyhounds against Rochester Friday night at Marcusen Park. -- Eric Johnson/photodesk@austindailyherald.com
Joe Huffman pitches for the Greyhounds against Rochester Friday night at Marcusen Park. — Eric Johnson/photodesk@austindailyherald.com

Huffman struck out 11 and scattered eight hits in the win, but he did face a couple of jams early. He allowed six of his hits in the first two innings and the Royals left the bases loaded in the third, but he Rochester didn’t do much damage after that point.

“I was ready for it, but it didn’t seem like I had the energy in the first couple of innings,” Huffman said. “Then the offense picked up and I started settling down a little bit.”

The Hounds (9-4 overall) opened strong as Craig Braaten singled in a run in the first, Nate Johnson doubled in three runs in the second and Dave Adams singled in another run in the second to make it 6-1.

“It’s a big win and we’ve got to build from it. We’ve got to keep it rolling,” Huffman said.

Braaten hit a sacrifice fly in the sixth and Bryan Toov doubled in a run in the eighth.

Royals 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 — 1 8 0

Hounds 2 4 0 0 0 1 0 1 X — 8 11 4

Nate Johnson advances to third off a single from John Frein in the first inning against the Rochester Royals Friday night at Marcusen Park.
Nate Johnson advances to third off a single from John Frein in the first inning against the Rochester Royals Friday night at Marcusen Park.

Hounds pitching: Joe Huffman (W), 9 IP, 8 H, 2 BB, 1 ER, 11 K, 1 HBP

Hounds hitting: Nate Johnson, 2-for-4, double, 3 RBIs, 2 R; John Frein, 1-for-2, 2 R, SB, 2 BBs; Dave Adams, 2-for-4, RBI; Craig Braaten, 2-for-4, 2 RBIs, BB; Matt Cano, 0-for-3; Matt Raso, 2-for-3, R, BB; Jeremy Williams, 0-for-3, BB; Tyler Leopold, 0-for-3, R, BB; Joe Kroc, 0-for-3, R, BB; Jordan Hart, double, R; Bryan Toov, 1-for-1, RBI; Zach Huntley, 0-for-1


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