After a long, seven-game road trip in which the Lemurs went 3-4, they returned home Monday night and they gave their fans some drama. The Lemurs won 2-1 on an Alvaro Rondon walk-off sacrifice fly. Denis Phipps led off the inning with a single, then J.D Pulfer moved Phipps to third on a single of his own, and on the throw to the plate Pulfer moved up to second. Kansas City (22-28) intentionally walked Zane Chavez to load the bases.
“I was just trying to get the ball in the air because I knew the wind would take it far into the outfield.” Alvaro Rondon said. “I knew it was my time and I’m glad I was able to come through for the team.”
In his second outing with the Lemurs (30-21), RHP Josue Montanez pitched five shutout innings, surrendering six hits, one walk and striking out two batters. In the final two innings of work, Montanez only allowed one hit after allow three in his first three innings of the game.
Jose Nivar pitched three innings, a season-high allowing one run which was unearned and struck out five hitters. Nivar was in a bases loaded jam in the bottom of the eight after surrendering an RBI single to Brett Wiley which tied the game. Nivar struck out Tyler Massey and Dalton Wheat grounded out to Nivar who flipped it to catcher Jesus Posso which ended the T-Bones threat. Kamakani Usis pitched a scoreless ninth for the Lemurs and picked up the win.
For the T-Bones, starting pitcher Mike Kickham went pitch for pitch with Laredo tonight. Kickham went seven innings allowing one run on four hits and struck out one batter picking up a no decision. The run that was surrendered was in the 6th inning on a Cesar Velara suicide squeeze that scored Leandro Castro. Aaron Baker picked up the loss as he came in during the 9th inning and couldn’t keep the Lemurs off the board.
Game two is tomorrow at 7:05 and Troy Marks will take the hill for Laredo and Kansas is countering with Jared Messer. If you can’t make it out to the game be sure to watch on our YouTube channel YouTube.com/LaredoLemurs.