Sunday, August 19, 2012

Lemurs get 13 hits in 4-1 win over T-Bone

In spite of scoring only four runs out of 13 hits, those four were enough for the Lemurs as Laredo pitchers recorded 14 strike outs and held off Kansas City, 4-1, on Saturday night in front of 6,508 at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.

In a game that started 25 minutes late because of rain, neither team cracked the scoreboard until the top of the fifth, when the Lemurs started the inning with back-to-back singles by Brian Peterson and Stephen Pearson against Kansas City starter Josh Rainwater (4-9). Then, with two outs, Palmer Karr Jr. singled in Peterson and gave Laredo a 1-0 lead.

With the way the Lemur pitchers were throwing, that nearly did it. Mark Haynes, Chaz Roe and Mike Benacka combined for 14 strike outs against the T-Bones. Starter Haynes went 5 1/3 innings, giving up just two hits and striking out eight batters.

Then, reliever Roe (3-2), who was a first-round pick of the Colorado Rockies in 2005, struck out five batters in 2 2/3 innings. Closer Benacka (9) ended the game by striking out Brandon Jones.

The T-Bones tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the sixth, when Trevor Coleman singled to right against Roe, scoring Jones.

A half-inning later, Laredo took the lead for good with two runs in the top of the seventh. Peterson led off the inning with a base hit.

He advanced on a base hit by Anthony Scelfo, but then scored on a bad throw by third baseman Enrique Cruz, who was trying to pick Scelfo off first. The Lemurs added another run in the inning and took a 3-1 lead.