Lemurs Ground AirHogs with 8-1 Victory
The Lemurs sent Ryan Beckman out to the mound on Sunday in search of another series win this season and their ninth win over the AirHogs in the 2016 season. They came away with just that as Beckman turned in another stellar performance for Laredo guiding the Lemurs to an 8-1 victory over the AirHogs. The offense once again went off on the Texas pitching staff for 12 hits and eight runs.
The Lemurs opened the scoring in the second inning on a Denis Phipps solo home run and would score runs in three straight innings. Laredo knocked in another run in the third inning and three more in the fourth. Zane Chavez would hit a three-run home run in the seventh inning to put the game well out of reach at 8-1.
Beckman entered the game having won two of his last three starts and stayed to that course today as he allowed just one run on six hits with a walk and six strikeouts. The lone run he surrendered was a solo home run to Cody Lenehan in the fourth inning once the Lemurs already had a 5-0 lead. Beckman is now 4-5 and his ERA continues to drop as it is now a 2.78.
Cody Hebner got the start today for the AirHogs. It was his first of the season against Laredo and the Lemurs were not kind to him. Hebner gave up five runs, just two earned, on seven hits with three strikeouts. Hebner took the loss today and is now 2-5 on the year in 11 starts.
The Lemurs sent Luis De La Cruz and Harold Guerrero out of the bullpen to throw an inning each. De La Cruz threw a shutout eighth inning while Guerrero a shutout ninth. The bullpen for Texas continued to have its issues against the Lemurs lineup today. Richard Suniga came in and threw 1.1 innings and allowed two hits and three runs, all earned. Roman Madrid, Carlos Misell, and David Russo each had shutout outings for the AirHogs.
All but one Laredo batter got a hit today and three Lemurs had multiple hits. Denis Phipps led the way with a 3-5 day to go with a home run, three runs batted in, and two runs scored. Cesar Valera was 2-5 at the plate with a run scored and J.D. Pulfer likewise scored a run to go with his 2-4 performance. The most curious hitter in the game was Ty Morrison as he was 1-2, was hit by a pitch, and reached twice on a catcher’s interference.
Up next for Laredo is a seven game home stand against a pair of Central Division opponents. They start with four games against the Kansas City T-Bones followed by three games against the Lincoln Saltdogs. All game times are 7:05 PM CT.