The Lemurs took a four-game winning streak in to Wichita on Memorial Day looking to extend it to five. The Wichita Wingnuts had other plans. In a game featuring an inordinate amount of free passes to first base and a couple of ejections, the Wingnuts came out surprisingly victorious over the Lemurs by a score of 9-6.
The game started out ominously bad for Laredo. After Ty Morrison leadoff the ballgame with a single and then reached second base on a wild pitch, J.D. Pulfer was called out on a close play at first on grounder to the shortstop Leo Vargas. That was followed by Travis Denker being called out on a 3-2 pitch with a check swing. Both calls were very controversial and brought manager Pete Incaviglia out of the dugout for a discussion with the umpires. Laredo would go scoreless that inning, but Wichita would plate a run in the bottom of the first.
The Lemurs would answer in the second inning to tie it up and then grab a 2-1 lead in the third inning. The Wingnuts weren’t done yet though. They drove four runs across in the fourth inning and tacked another one on in the fifth to regain the lead by a score of 6-2. Laredo missed out on a golden opportunity in the fifth inning after Wichita starter Anthony Capra walked three straight hitters to load the bases with one out. Capra managed to weasel his way out of the inning unscathed with a double play.
That was not the only time a Wingnuts pitcher would walk three batters in a row. Richard Ruff would start the seventh inning walking the first, and only, three batters he faced. The Lemurs would end up scoring four runs and tying the ballgame up at six runs apiece. The Wingnuts would answer though, scoring two in the bottom of the seventh and one in the eighth to win by three, 9-6.
The loss went to Kamakani Usui. Usui gave up two runs on two hits in 0.2 innings in the seventh. The win went to Fabio Roman for his inning of shutout baseball in the eighth while Frankie Reed earned his second save of the year. Overall, Wichita would walk 12 batters while Laredo walked 9. The Lemurs also had 11 hits while the Wingnuts had eight.
Game two of the four game series is Tuesday at 7:05 PM CT. Danny Moskovits will toe the rubber for Laredo while Tim Brown gets the start for Wichita. All the action can be found on the Lemurs YouTube channel.