Laredo welcomed the Joplin Blasters in to Uni-Trade Stadium with a shellacking. The Blasters threw lefty Josue Montanez against the Lemurs’ ace Matt Sergey. Sergey was his usual self while Montenez and the Joplin bullpen struggled, mainly with their command, against the Laredo lineup. The Lemurs used a big fifth inning to help guide them to a 9-2 victory in game one of a three game series against the Blasters.
Sergey uncharacteristaclly got in some early trouble, giving up a lead-off double to Ronnie Richardson in the first inning. Richardson would end up scoring, putting Joplin up 1-0. Sergey would settle in though and through a total of seven innings giving up just the one run on four hits while walking one and striking out 10 batters. The bullpen would give up a late run, but it would not matter as the offense had done its job tonight to give Sergey his second victory of the season.
The offense, which was lead by Denis Phipps tonight, put up nine runs against the Blasters pitching. They would tie it at one in the second, score two more in the fourth, add four in the fifth, and finally tack two more on the board in the seventh. Montenez would throw four innings and give up four runs on four hits while walking five. He would give way to Tyler Herr and Ryan Calby who would combine for three innings of work giving up six runs on four hits and eight walks. The Blasters pitchers would walk four batters with the bases loaded tonight.
Phipps would finish the night a home run shy of the cycle with two runs scored and one run batted in. Jesus Posso would go 1-3 tonight with three walks and three RBIs. Abel Nieves would also score twice while reaching base three times tonight. The Laredo will start Troy Marks in game two while Joplin sends Carlos Fuentes to the mound.