Lemurs Late Leap Falls Short Against RailCats in Extras

The Lemurs, down 4-1 at one point, battled away and forced extra innings against the RailCats in a day game in Gary. The RailCats would not be rattled as they walked off for the second time in as many games against the Lemurs, winning 5-4 in 10 innings. Ryan Beckman was chased after four innings while the Lemurs power bats produced some big hits in the rally.

Beckman would last just four innings after giving up four runs, all earned, on seven hits and three strikeouts. He would be replaced by Harold Guerrero who would have one of his best outings of the year, throwing three scoreless innings and helping the Lemurs keep things close. The RailCats scored a run in both the second and third innings and added two more in the fourth. But the combination of Guerrero, Luis De La Cruz, and Jeff Inman would shut down Gary through the ninth inning.
With the Lemurs down 4-1 in the sixth, Zane Chavez would start the comeback with a solo home run to make it 4-2. That score would hold until the ninth inning when, with one out, Denis Phipps crushed one over the left-field wall for a solo home run. J.D. Pulfer would follow that up with his second single of the game. A couple batters later Cesar Valera would draw a walk on full count with two outs to put him and Pulfer on first and second and Jesus Posso at the plate. Posso hit an 0-1 pitch through the left side of the infield to drive in Pulfer and tie the game.
Laredo would get the first two batters in the 10th on base, but a double-play all but ended the inning and the Lemurs would strand a runner on third. That put the RailCats at the plate against Inman for a second inning. Inman would get the first batter. owever the next two would each hit soft well placed grounders through the infield to put runners on the corners with just one out. Cleanup hitter Tillman Pugh would then hit a grounder to Pulfer at shortstop. Pulfer fired to plate to gun down Anthony Checky from third. Chavez had the plated blocked well but, in a close call, Checky was ruled safe and the RailCats won for a second time in walk-off fashion this series.
Pulfer was the only Lemur with a multi-hit day while Chavez and Phipps each hit homers. Cesar Valer was 1-3 with a double and a walk. Drew Martinez drove in the Lemurs first run of the game and was 1-4 at the plate. Laredo closes out the series with Gary on Thursdaynight at 7:10 PM CT.