The Laredo Lemurs and Wichita Wingnuts were at it again in another tight game. This time the game went extra in to extra innings as each team struggled to put up many runs against solid pitching tonight. The Lemurs would prevail though in the 12th inning, taking the game 4-3 against the WIngnuts.
Laredo opened up the scoring with a solo home run by Travis Denker in the first inning. Wichita would answer back with a run of their own in the bottom half of the inning to tie it. Neither team would score over the next three innings as the starting pitching settled in. The Wingnuts would finally put up two runs in the bottom of the fifth against Lemurs starter Danny Moskovits. Moskovits would throw five innings, allowing three runs on six hits, striking out two and walking four in his first start of the season.
It took a few innings, but the Lemurs would tie back up. They scored a run in the fifth and a run in the eighth to draw the 3-3 tie. The bullpen was back to it’s dominant form and threw seven shutout innings for Laredo, working themselves out of a few jams. The Wichita bullpen was good, but not good enough as they slowly allowed the Lemurs back in to the ballgame and ultimately lost the game. Laredo took the lead in the 12th inning on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Matt Koch, driving in Denis Phipps. For Koch, it was his fourth RBI of the series.
The win was not without some defensive heroics. J.D. Pulfer made two fantastic plays at shortstop in the last two innings to keep Wichita from scoring. With the score tied in the bottom of the 11th, Wichita had runners on the corners and two outs. Zack Cox would hit a hard line drive just to Pulfer’s right hand side. He would dive and make a great catch, forcing another inning. Then in the bottom of the 12th with one out and the bases loaded, Wingnuts center fielder Harrison Kain would hit a grounder up the middle which Pulfer would grab and take to second base himself before throwing to first for a game ending double-play.
Kyle Winkler would get his second win of the season out of the bullpen for the Lemurs tonight. Scott Garner, who got all three outs in the 12th, would get his first save of the year in his first relief appearance. Wichita’s Alex Bosher’s would be saddled with his second loss of the season.