Ryan Beckman started the second and final game of the short series with the Sioux Falls Canaries looking to build on his last start where he dominated the Kansas City T-Bones. He did just that, and then some. He also got plenty of support from the Laredo bats today as they took down the Canaries 6-0.
Beckman threw a complete game shutout. It was his second complete game and first shutout of the season for the Lemurs. He allowed just four hits and one walk while striking out a season high 10 batters. It was easily his best start of the season. Only twice did the Canaries get a runner in scoring position against him. In the first inning, after a two out single, he hit Jake Taylor on 1-2 pitch to put runners on first and second. That was the only time the Canaries would have two runners on base at the same time all game. Later, in the eighth inning, he would allow a two out triple off the wall to Darwin Perez. Perez was left stranded there and it was the only time Sioux Falls would get a runner to third all game.
The Lemurs bats got going early against Canaries starter Kris Regas. Laredo would get two hits in the first inning, but a double-play would help keep them off the scoreboard that inning. In the third inning, Abel Nieves would leadoff with a single for the second time in the ballgame. That would be followed by a two-run home run to left field off the bat Cesar Valera. It was Valera’s first home run of the season and the Lemurs were up 2-0.
Laredo was not done scoring yet though. Valera would stay hot and hit a double to leadoff the fifth inning against Regas. Zane Chavez would drive him in with a double of his own and his second hit of the game. J.D. Pulfer would later walk and score in the inning on a Drew Martinez single, giving the Lemurs a 5-0 lead.
Kris Regas was pulled one out in to the 5th inning after giving up four runs on nine hits. He would be relieved by Dylan Thompson who would toss the next 2.2 innings. Also throwing out of the bullpen for Sioux Falls was Billy Waltrip and Jimmer Kennedy.
The Canaries bullpen would quiet the Lemurs bats for the 6th, 7th, and 8th innings. The would eventually retire 15 straight batters until with two outs in the 9th, Chavez would hit a solo home run to over the right field wall off of former Lemur Jimmer Kennedy. Overall, the Sioux Falls bullpen would allow just two runs, one earned, over 4.2 innings.
The Lemurs had a solid day at the plate. Zane Chavez would finish a triple shy of the cycle, J.D. Pulfer extended his hit-streak to 13 games and was 2-3 with a walk, and Cesar Valera broke the game open with his first home run of the season and finish 2-5 with two runs batted in and two runs scored. Abel Nieves and Drew Martinez also had a pair of hits each.
Laredo travels to Sioux City for two games against the Explores, who they beat in the 2015 championship. First pitch on Sunday, June 26 is at 2 PM CT.