During the Lemurs five game home winning streak, they were able to come from behind and it looked like that would be the case against Tuesday night but in the they couldn’t muster up the heroics as they lost 5-4 in 10 innings. The Lemurs tied things up with a three-run home run by J.D. Puller in the 8th inning and gave them the momentum heading into the final inning.
The momentum didn’t carry over as the Lemurs went in order in the 9th inning and starting the 10th with Jeff Inman out for his second inning of work walked the first two hitters of the inning. After a Dalton Wheat sacrifice bunt and to move Anthony Gallas and and Tyler Massey into scoring position, Inman intentionally walked Vladimir Frias to load the bases. With the lefty Steve Swingle coming up for the T-Bones, manager Pete Incaviglia went to his lefty-specialist Kamakani Usui. With the bases-loaded, Usui walked Swingle on a 3-2 pitch which was borderline and went the way of Kansas City.
That 3-2 pitch to Swingle was the story of the night for the Lemurs as they could not catch a break. In the bottom of the second inning catcher Zane Chavez lifted a ball to deep left-center field and on video replay it shows it hit the yellow railing above the wall which should have been a two-run home run but instead it was a double and the Lemurs ended up not scoring in the inning. Instead of having a 2-1 lead going to the 3rd, they were trailing 1-0.
Laredo (30-22) starter Troy Marks pitched five innings, allowing two runs on seven hits. Marks got off to a shaky start in the first inning allowing a run, two singles and four T-Bones to reach base. Marks pitched three scoreless innings before the 5th when he recorded the first two outs of the inning but Kansas City (23-28) added to their lead on a Dalton Wheat two-out RBI triple to the right field corner who drove in Tyler Massey who started the mini-rally with a double that also went down the right field line.
Kansas City starter Josh Hodges limited the Lemurs offense to one run over six innings and while scattering seven hits throughout his start. His only blemish of the night came when Abel Nieves ripped a double to right field over the head of Dalton Wheat to tie the game up at 1 in the fourth inning.
After blowing the lead the night before, T-Bones RHP Aaron Baker pitched a scoreless 9th inning and was credited with the win. Former Lemur Mark Haynes picked up his 10 save of the season and worked around a lead-off single by Ty Morrison in the 10th inning.
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