After last night’s thrilling extra innings win over the Wichita Wingnuts, the Laredo Lemurs were looking for another win against their division rival. This time, they sent their ace to the hill in hopes of him guiding them to victory. Matt Sergey lived up to his past performances in a Lemurs uniform as he shut down the Wingnuts bats and earned his first win of the season as Laredo won 7-1.
Sergey entered the ballgame with an ERA of 0.75 through two starts, having allowed just one run over 12 innings. Tonight was more of the same. He would throw six shutout innings against the Wingnuts, while striking out a season high nine hitters. Wingnuts starter Eddie Medina was excellent for a four innings against the Lemurs, but things started to unravel in the fifth inning for him.
Medina got in trouble after an error by Zack Cox allowed Abel Nieves to reach with just one out in the fifth. Reggie Wilson would reach on a fielder’s choice, which would have ended the inning if not for the error. That put runners on the corners with two outs for the Lemurs, Travis Denker was at third having walked before Nieves’ at-bat. J.D. Pulfer would flare a ball out to shallow right to drive Denker in easily from third. The ball would take a Lemur bounce and go over the head of Richard Prigatano as he misplayed it and allowed Wilson to score from first and Pulfer to reach second. The next batter, Ty Morrison, would hit a double and drive in Pulfer. That put Laredo up 3-0 after five innings.
The Lemurs were not done yet. Travis Denker would hit his fifth home run of the season, second of the series, with two outs and Drew Martinez on second. Denker continues to lead the team in home runs, having hit five of the the Lemurs six, and runs batted in with 14. Medina finished the night allowing five runs, two earned, on five hits and a walk, while striking out two batters. He would take his third loss of the season in as many starts.
Laredo would tack on a couple more runs against reliever Richard Ruff in the top of the ninth as his control issues continued. Ruff walked four batters in the inning, including two with the bases loaded. Wichita would score their lone run in the ninth after getting a couple hits off of Jose Nivar to avoid getting shutout. With the 7-1 victory the Lemurs improve to 8-5 on the year and lead the American Association South Division by two games over the Texas AirHogs.