Laredo took Knasas City to extra innings in yet another pitcher’s duel, but came up short once more agaisnt the T-Bones 2-1. The Lemurs once again got an excellent outing from starting pitcher Zach Dodson and their bullpen, but the bats just could not get anything going against Mike Kickham and the T-Bones.
Dodson, in his second start of the season, worked another solid six innings for the Lemurs. He has yet to allow a run in his two outings this season, each of six innings. The lefty allowed six hits, walked two, and struck out three against the T-Bones and left the game with a 1-0 lead. The bullpen though gave up a run in the seventh as Luis De La Cruz only managed to get through 0.2 innings of work, allowing the one run.
The two teams would throw goose eggs up on the scoreboard for the next two innings until the 10th. Kamakani Usui was trying to work his second shutout inning of work for Laredo but got in some trouble with the bases loaded with two outs. Tyler Moore, the T-Bones ninth batter, was at the plate with an 0-2 count when an Usui off-speed pitch would slide out of his hand wrong and plunk Moore on the back, ending the game.
At the plate, the Lemurs recorded just four hits, all against Kansas City starter Mike Kickham. Kickham would throw nine shutout innings with one walk and a couple of strikeouts to go along with the four hits. Tyler Ybarra got the win for the T-Bones as he threw the 10th inning out of the bullpen.
The loss was the fourth in a row for the Lemurs as they suffered their first four-game sweep of the season and saw their playoff chances decrease. Laredo scored seven runs on 24 hits while striking out 35 times in the four games against Kansas City.
Despite getting swept, the Lemurs are still in the race for the South division as well as the Wild Card. With 20 games left in the season Laredo trails Wichita by 6.5 games in the division and ends the season with four games against the Wingnuts. The Lemurs are also ony four games behind the Goldeyes for the Wild Card, as Winnipeg and Laredo are really the only teams still in the Wild Card race.
Laredo is home for their next six games, which will be played over seven days from August 15 through August 21. Their first series being against the Texas AirHogs and their second being against the Joplin Blasters. All game times are at 7:05 PM CT.