After a long bus ride up to Sioux Falls, the Lemurs finally got on the field to take on the Canaries. Laredo would send out their ace, Matt Sergey, for the first of two games in Sioux Falls. The Canaries would throw left-hander Joe Bircher, who has the lowest ERA on their pitching staff. Both starters kept the opposing bats quiet for most of the night living up to their billing as top of line starters.
The Lemurs would open up the scoring in the sixth inning after having a couple of bases loaded opportunities squandered in the game they finally struck pay dirt. With runners on first and second and two outs, Drew Martinez would single into the outfield bringing in Denis Phipps from second base. The Lemurs would leave runners on the corners, but had the lead. Sioux Falls responded quickly though. In their half of the sixth they would load the bases with one out and get a sacrifice fly off the bat of Jake Taylor on fly ball to the warning track in left field. That would be all the Canaries would get that inning and all game against the Lemurs pitching staff.
mSergey would finish the game game having thrown seven innings, allowing one run on six hits while striking out eight batters and walking two, The effort would earn him his fourth win of the season making him now 4-0 with an ERA of 0.82. Bircher would likewise throw seven innings and give up a run on six hits. He would strikeout just three batters though while also walking two in an almost mirror image outing to Sergey.
The bullpens would enter the game in the eighth with it tied at one. James Jones would give up a leadoff single in the eighth to Denis Phipps. J.D. Pulfer would follow that up with his second home run of the year, hitting the ball over the left-center wall and giving the Lemurs a 3-1 lead. A dropped fly ball off the bat of Jesus Posso would allow him to reach second base. Posso would later be driven in one a single by Alvaro Rondon and the Lemurs were up 4-1 after the eighth inning.
The Laredo bullpen would show it’s dominant self tonight as Jose Nivar and Jeff Inman combined to retire all six batters they faced in the eighth and ninth innings respectively. Nivar on one pitch touched 100 MPH. Inman would get his seventh save of the season, making him tied for second in the league.
The Lemurs play tomorrow at 7:05 to close out the short two game series with the Canaries. It will be a pair of righties on the mound as Canaries RHP Stephen Bougher goes against the Lemurs RHP Ryan Beckman. First pitch at 7:05 PM.