Late inning heroics have been a trend for the Lemurs all season, it continued tonight as Denis Phipps launched a two-run home run to left field to walk off the AirHogs to win 4-3. The Lemurs didn’t lead the entire game until Phipps crossed home plate and was greeted by a celebration with his teammates. Abel Nieves walked with one out in the ninth to set the table for Phipps.
Laredo starter Jose Nivar pitched four and two thirds innings, allowing all three runs, two of which were earned to go along with nine strikeouts. Nivar surrendered a home run to the first batter of Juan Sanchez giving the AirHogs a 1-0 lead. The AirHogs added two runs in the fifth inning on a Sanchez RBI double that scored Kenny Peoples-Walls from first base. Next batter Cory Morales grounded a ball to third baseman Nieves and he wasn’t able to corral it, and Sanchez scored to make it 3-0.
The Lemurs bullpen kept the team in the game and Manny Martinez was spectaular, retired all seven hitters adding three strikeouts. He got out of the jam Nivar, left and kept the Lemurs in it. Harrold Guerrero and Luis De La Cruz pitched scoreless innings for the second consecutive night. De La Cruz was credited with the win as he pitched the 9th inning.
With Winnipeg winning both games of their doubleheader tonight, this was a huge come from behind victory to maintain four games out in the wild card standings.
The Lemurs look for the sweep tomorrow in the series finale, for the Lemurs Ryan Beckman will take the hill and Texas will throw David Russo. First pitch is tomorrow at 7:05pm and it is WaterPark Wednesday.