Ryan Beckman and Jared Messer faced off 11 days ago, with each throwing a complete game in a 2-0 T-Bones victory. Those hoping for more of the same were sorely disappointed. The Lemurs jumped out to an early lead and managed to stave off the persistant T-Bones squad en route to a 13-9 victory.
Denis Phipps opened the scoring up early for Laredo, as he drilled a hanging curveball from righty Jared Messer just inside the left field foul pole for a solo home run in the top of the first inning to make it 1-0. After a Ty Morrison double, Jesus Posso would hit a meat ball over the left field wall and the Lemurs were up 3-0 after the first.
Kansas City would fight back, scoring a run in the second innng after Laredo added one as well. The T-Bones would score two runs in the third though, drawing within a run of the Lemurs, 4-3. Laredo kept answering the cattle call, plating three runs in the fourth inning to heartedly extend their lead to 7-3.
No lead was safe in this game however. Kansas City was not forking this game over to Laredo as the T-Bones added a couple more runs in the sixth to make it 7-5, still in favor of the Lemurs. Laredo’s bats refused to go away as well. The Lemurs put up a four run seventh, headlined by a two-run tenderizing triple by Burt Reynolds.
The T-Bones just kept plodding along and staying right in the Lemurs rear view. Kansas City got a two-out three run inside the park home run in the bottom of the seventh to pull back within three runs, 11-8. The Lemurs would add two more runs in the ninth, while the T-Bones tacked on another as well to finally bring the slugfest to a 13-9 final.
Ryan Beckman threw six innings, allowing five runs on nine hits, no walks and five strikeouts. He earned his eighth win of the season. Luis Pollorena, Luis De La Cruz, Harold Guerrero, and Jeff Inman all pitched out of the bullpen for the Lemurs. Pollorena and De La Cruz each tossed an inning while Guerrero and Inman combined to throw the ninth.
Jared Messer only lasted five innings tonight against the Lemurs. Messer gave up seven runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out nine batters. Josh Tols pitched two innings of relief while Evan DeLuca hurled one.
With Laredo’s victory and the Goldeyes defeat, the Lemurs sit just two games out of the Wild Card. Wichita did defeat St. Paul, so they are still four games behind the Wingnuts for the South division.
The Lemurs go for the series victory as they continue their playoff push on Wednesday in Kansas City for their second of three games at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.