The Lemurs welcomed the Joplin Blasters to Uni-Trade Stadium for the final time in 2016 for a three game series. Laredo won game one of the series 8-5, and won their forth straight game. With the win tonight, the Lemurs picked up a game in both the division and wild card standings as Winnipeg and Wichita both lost on Friday night. The Lemurs are now three games behind the Goldeyes in the Wild Card race, and five back of the Wingnuts in the south division.
For the fourth straight game, their has been a home run in the first inning and tonight it was Denis Phipps who hit his 18th of the season of Blasters starter Louis Gonzalez off the railing in left center field. The Lemurs would score at least one run in every odd inning they batted in. One run was scored in the first, third, and fifth, then four runs in the seventh to make it 7-2. On the evening, Jesus Posso was 3-4 with three RBIs and was the teams top offensive producer. Brennan Metzger and Abel Nieves also had RBI singles in tonights contest.
Laredo Starter Gabe Perez went only 3.2 innings and left the game with the bases loaded after we allowed three walks in the top of the forth inning. Luis Pollorena came in relief and allowed a walk to KC Huth to make it a 2-1 game. Pollorena pitched 2.1 innings allowing one run and kept the Blasters bats at bay and he picked up his forth win tonight.
The Blasters scored two runs in the eight inning, and Geraldo Valentin hit a solo homer in the ninth inning to make it 8-5 but couldn’t get any more runs across, as Luis De La Cruz picked up the five out save.
The Lemurs will look to go for five in a row tomorrow as Zach Dodson will make his Lemurs home debut. First pitch is at 7:05pm and the famous San Diego chicken will be in attendance.