The Laredo Lemurs came in to Lincoln looking for a win to open the four game series with the Saltdogs. Instead, they got shutout 7-0 in large part to a five-run sixth inning by the Saltdogs in which the first six batters reached base. The Lemurs had kept it close before that and had actually out hit the Saltdogs through the first five innings.
Laredo started righty Scott Garner. Garner started out well. He ha two bad pitches that ended up over the left field wall to Rene Leveret and Ryan Wiggins as they led off the second and third innings respectively. Garner would work in to the sixth inning, but would get pulled after giving up three singles and a walk, without recording an out. Harold Guerrero came in and walked the first two batters he faced and gave up a single to the third. Ultimately the Saltdogs would score five runs in the sixth inning, four by Garner and one by Guerrero as 11 batters came to the plate for Lincoln. Garner would finish the night with five innings pitched, six runs allowed on six hits and four walks. Guerrero would throw two innings tonight and Jose Nivar would pitch the eighth inning for the Lemurs.
The Lincoln pitching staff kept the Lemurs bats at bay for most of the night. Laredo would scatter nine hits off of the four pitchers the Saltdogs threw out on the mound. Matt Larkins got his third win of the season after throwing six shutout innings, giving up six hits, two walks, and three strikeouts.Brad Orosey, Nigel Nootbaar, and Jeff McKenzie also pitched tonight. Only Nootbaar really got in to some trouble after loading the bases while getting just one out before giving way to McKenzie. McKenzie would work out of that eighth inning jam, keeping Laredo off the scoreboard.
The Lemurs did have a couple of players with multiple hits tonight, Drew Martinez went 2-5 in the leadoff spot in the lineup for Laredo while Travis Denker went 2-3 with a walk tonight. The Lemurs would put two men on base multiple times in the ballgame but were only able to get a runner to third base once tonight. That came when they loaded the bases with one out in the eighth inning. They would leave the bases loaded though as Jeff McKenzie shut them down. The Lemurs will look to avenge the 7-0 loss tomorrow as they trot Danny Moskovits out to the mound against Ryan O’Sullivan and the Saltdogs.