After dropping the first game of the series against Kansas City, Laredo sent their ace to the mound looking for a big win. Ryan Beckman was his usual self on the mound, turning in one of his best outings of the year, but it was not enough as the Lemurs fell 2-0 to the T-Bones.
In a very fast pitchers’ duel, the Lemurs hitters just could not keep pace with the T-Bones bats as Jared Messer threw nine shutout innings for the T-Bones and allowed just five hits. Laredo really only had one really good scoring opportunity, but they squandered it. In the top of the 4th inning, the Lemurs got back-to-back singles by Burt Reynolds and Ty Morrison to start the inning. They then had Denis Phipps, Zane Chavez, and Jesus Posso due up. However, Messer recorded three of his 10 strikeouts right then and there to end the inning.
Beckman gave up runs in the 2nd and 5th innings as the lead-off batters both reached and were pushed around the bases on ground outs. Only one of the runs was scored on a hit, and that was with the infield drawn in. Beckman would throw eight innings, allowing six hits and two runs while striking out six batters.
Burt Reynolds led the way for the Lemurs at the plate with a 2-4 day, getting two of Laredo’s five hits off of Messer. Dalton Wheat had a good game for the T-Bones as he went 2-3 with two stolen bags, a run scored and an RBI.
The game, which had no walks and no pitching changes, was the second shortest in Lemurs history. The official game time was two hours and one minute. The shortest the Lemurs have ever played was a flat two hours. It was the shortest of the season though. Beckman has now started both the longest game of the season, four hours and forty minutes on May 19, and the shortest. That May 19game, which was Opening Day, is the longest game in Laredo’s history.
The Lemurs play Saturday against the T-Bones and will send Gabe Perez to the mound as they look to get a win on the board in the four-game series in Kansas City. The T-Bones will be pitching Sean Furney.