After returning home from a three-city, seven-game road trip, the Lemurs had a flare for the dramatic in front of the home fans, scoring six runs in the bottom of the 9th inning to win 9-8 on a two-run single by Leandro Castro who was 0-5 before the game winning right to the left field wall.
It started with a Denis Phipps two-run home run, his first in 13 games and 7th on the season closing the gap to a three run deficit. Two batters later, Ty Morrison inched the Lemurs closer with a RBI double to the left-center field gap making it 8-6. J.D Pulfer walked, putting runners at first and second for Jesus “Panda” Posso ripped a single down the line that Ty Morrison scored on as he slide around catcher Michael Miller cutting the deficit to 8-7. AirHogs manager James Frisbee was not pleased with the call and was ejected. Jimmy Norris pinch-hit and was intentionally walked loading the bases for Castro. Castro fouled off a couple pitches and on the 3-2 pitch drove one to the left field wall, Burt Reynolds kept going back to the wall and couldn’t make the play. Puller scored the tying run from third, and Ryan Beckman scored the game winning run from second.
“Off the bat, I thought it was a home run,” Leandro Castro said, “I was 0-5 going into the at-bat so I’m glad I could contribute tonight.”
The Lemurs had a quick turnaround after returning to Laredo around 1:30pm from Joplin but that didn’t stop them from getting out to a quick start. Laredo (24-17) took the lead in the second inning on an RBI ground out by J.D. Pulfer giving him a team high 24 RBIs on the season.
Kyle DeVore who got the start tonight, was cruising through four innings, allowing one hit and facing one batter over the minimum. Then in the 5h inning, DeVore surrendered four runs to the AirHogs (17-24) and giving them a lead they would never surrender. Michael Miller tied the game at 1, with a single, then Brian Bistange gave the AirHogs the lead, scoring on a wild pitch. Leon Byrd had an RBI single in the inning and Michael Hur added the fourth run of the inning on a sacrifice fly.
Laredo answered with two runs in the bottom half of the inning on a two-run, two-out double by Cesar Valera bringing the Lemurs back to within one run at 4-3.
Texas answered right back in the top of the 6th, scoring four more runs and knocking DeVore out of the game. On the night Devore pitched five-plus innings, allowing eight hits and six runs. Texas made the game 8-3 on a 2-run single by Michael Hur.
The Lemurs threatened in the 8th inning loading the bases with two-outs but Leandro Castro popped out to the catch in foul territory to end the inning.
Danny Moskovits and Luis Pollerena both pitched shutouts in their appearances. Moskovits pitched a scoreless 1.2 innings with a strike out and Pollerena threw two scoreless innings with two strike outs.
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