The Wichita Wingnuts came into Uni-Trade Stadium and defeated the Laredo Lemurs 9-7 and took over the south division lead. A late rally in the 9th inning by the Lemurs came up short, as they scored 4 in the 9th and had the go-ahead run at the plate. Jesus “Panda” Posso grounded out to end the third with the bases loaded to end the threat and the game.
Wichita(17-13) got off to a hot start with a 2-run home run by T.J Mittelstaedt in the first inning. They added three more runs in the top of 5th inning as Christian Stringer, Zach Cox, and Brent Clevelen scored the runs.
Lemurs(17-14) starter Kyle DeVore(0-1) was making his first start of the season and he pitched 4.1 innings, allowed 5 runs, 4 earned and had 3 strikeouts. He had previously appeared in three games out of the bullpen and had an 2.35. The Wingnuts countered with Jon Link(5-2) who pitched 7 innings, allowed 3 runs and 7 hits. Link continued his strong form as he has now pitched 7+ innings in his past five starts. With the win tonight, Link became the all-time wins leader with 28. He has been with the Wingnuts since 2013.
For the Lemurs offensively they mustered seven hits and got their runs on an inning aided inning by Wichita shortstop Leo Vargas who made two errors in the inning. Zane Chavez made them pay with a 2-run single, then Abel Nieves added another RBI single to make it a 5-3 game and that would be the closest the Lemurs would get.
Wichita would add runs in the 6th, 7th, and 8th inning to make it a 9-3 game and that would be it.
Lemurs will look to retake the division lead tomorrow as Alex Boshers will take the hill for Wichita and its TBD on who will toe the rubber for the Lemurs.
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