The Laredo Lemurs took the field tonight trying to avoid a sweep against the Winnipeg Goldeyes. The game resembled a see-saw with each team putting up multiple runs in multiple innings. The Lemurs took control in the bottom of the 3rd inning, scoring three runs and taking a 4-3 lead. While the score fluctuated, they never lost the lead and won 10-9.
Starter Scott Garner got pulled after throwing just three innings in the high scoring affair at Uni-Trade Stadium. He allowed four runs, all earned, on four hits, while walking three and striking out five tonight. He gave up one run in the first after allowing the speedsters at the top of the Winnipeg order get on via a walk and hit-by-pitch. But he worked well to just surrender the one run that inning as Adam Heisler was thrown out at the plate by center fielder Drew Martinez to end the inning. Garner would give up three runs in the third inning before giving way to Danny Moskovits. Moskovits would throw two shutout innings in relief and capture his first win of the season after giving up just one hit and recording two strikeouts.
As short and rough of an outing that Garner had tonight, his opponent on the mound, Duke von Schamann, had it even worse. Von Schamman would go only 2.2 innings before giving way to the bullpen tonight. He would ultimately allow six runs, five earned, on 10 hits, while striking out just a lone Lemur hitter. Conor Spink would calm the storm for a bit, before Zach Dando came in and allowed four runs to score, including two on wild pitches, in his two innings of work. Dando would allow just two hits, but walked three batters tonight as he struggled with his command. All four runs against him came in the 6th inning.
After six innings of play, the Lemurs held a 10-4 advantage over the Goldeyes, but Winnipeg refused to go quietly into the night. They would score three runs in the 7th inning off of Harold Guerrero and two runs in the 8th inning off of Jose Nivar and pare the Lemurs lead to just a single run going in to the 9th inning. Laredo would go to their closer Jeff Inman to finally close the book on the ballgame.
Inman had no trouble with the first two batters getting David Rohm and Josh Romanski to ground out. Pinch hitter Casio Grider wanted to make things interesting though. He would bunt for a single, steal second, and reach third on a throwing error by Matt Koch on the steal attempt. So with two outs in the bottom of the 9th, the Goldeyes had managed to get one of their fastest players just 90 feet from scoring. Former Cubs prospect Wes Darvill connected on a ball that looked like trouble as it went screaming up the middle. Inman, not fazed by the situation or the speed of the ball, reach down by his ankles and caught the ball on a line for the final out of the game.
The win gives the Lemurs a 3-4 record as they head out on the road this weekend for Grand Prairie to take on division rival the Texas AirHogs. From there they will head on to Wichita to face another divisional team, the Wingnuts. You can catch all the action on the Lemurs YouTube channel as all road games, as well as home games, will be streamed live this season.