EAST ISLIP, N.Y. — Cesar Trejo hit another home run but it generated the only scoring for the Rockers in a 12-2 loss to the Long Island Ducks on Wednesday at Fairfield Properties Ballpark.
Trejo’s two-run shot in the eighth was a team-leading fourth of the season. The former Ragsdale standout hit two against the Ducks a night earlier and had another wiped off the books because of rainout on Sunday.
The Rockers were held to five hits and managed just three through the first seven innings against Akeel Morris, who was on High Point’s roster last season.
High Point dropped to 7-4 and fell into a first-place tie with the Lexington (Kentucky) Legends.
Trejo, who went 2 for 4, was the only Rocker with more than one hit and raised his batting average to .316. Jared Mitchell, Stuart Levy and Edwin Arroyo stroked a hit each.
The Ducks tagged High Point starter Craig Stem for nine runs on seven hits as Stem’s record fell to 0-3. Morris struck out six and walked two in his seven innings of work in improving to 1-0.
Long Island took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on a home run by Ryan Jackson.
The Ducks added a trio of runs in the third when Jesse Berardi hit a solo homer followed by a single by Johnni Turbo and a run scoring single from L.J. Mazzilli before a bases-loaded hit by pitch by Rey Fuentes. Steve Lombardozzi hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth to give the Ducks a 5-0 lead. Long Island cracked the game open with seven runs in the fifth inning.
The Rockers closed out a three-game series against the Ducks on Thursday and start a three-game series tonight at Lexington.
ROCKERS LOSE MORRISON
High Point Rockers first baseman Logan Morrison had his contract purchased by the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday and will be joining the organization in the near future.
Morrison was hitting .390 with three home runs and nine RBIs through High Point’s first nine games of the season. Morrison was tied for fifth in the Atlantic League in home runs, ranked sixth in slugging percentage (.741) and seventh in On-base plus slugging (OPS) at 1.226.
Morrison is a veteran of 11 Major League seasons with Florida/Miami, Seattle, Tampa Bay, Minnesota, Philadelphia and Milwaukee. He hit a career-high 38 home runs in 2017 to tie for fifth in the American League while hitting the third-most homers in Tampa history.
Morrison is the ninth Rocker to have his contract purchased this season and seventh to join a Major League organization.