After seeing their four game winning streak snapped yesterday in the second game of the doubleheader, the Lemurs were looking to start a new one. The Lemurs sent Gabe Perez to the mound against Santos Arias of the Blasters. A day after hitting hitting five home runs in two games, the Lemurs bats went quiet while the Blaster hit three home runs en route to a 3-1 victory over the Lemurs.
Perez made a few bad pitches throughout the night and the Blasters made him pay for it. Joplin led off the bottom of the first inning with a first pitch solo home run off the bat of KC Huth. The very next batter, Geraldo Valentin, would also homer and the Blasters took an early 2-0 advantage. Perez would settle in and scatter a few hits around here and there until the fifth inning when Valentin would hit his second home run of the night, putting the Blasters up 3-0. Perez would end the night allowing three runs on six hits over 6.2 innings and striking out six batters. Kamakani Usui came on in relief tonight and pitched 1.1 innings of scoreless baseball for the Lemurs.
The Lemurs offense did not mount many threats against the Joplin pitchers. Laredo’s largest threat was in the seventh inning. Ty Morrison walked to lead off the inning, after which Jesus Posso singled. Then with runners on first and second, Zane Chavez drove in Morrison for the Lemurs first run of the game. It would end up being their only run though. Jimmy Norris came in to pinch run for Posso and Carlos Fuentes in to pitch for Arias. Feuntas got a couple of fly ball outs before being pulled from the game in favor of Alberto Castillo. Castillo, a left-hander, came in to face the left-handed hitting Drew Martinez. Manager Pete Incaviglia sent Brennan Metzger to the plate instead. Metzger would fly out and end the inning, leaving the Lemurs with just the one run down 3-1.
Laredo got a one out walk of Abel Nieves in the eighth and went down in order in the ninth as they fell 3-1 to the Blasters. Arias threw six innings, giving up one run on four hits, two walks, and four strikeouts. Fuentas and Castillo each threw two thirds of an inning while Keith Picht faced one batter and walked him. Roby Romero earned his third save of the hurling 1.2 innings of shutout relief.
With the Lemurs losing and the Goldeyes winning, the Laredo now sits 2.5 games out of the Wild Card. The Lemurs have nine games left to go while the Goldeyes have just eight remaining. Wichita also lost tonight, so Laredo did not lose any ground in the division race as they are still four games back of the Wingnuts. Laredo wraps up its series with Joplin Sunday at 5:05 PM CT.