Lemurs Score Three Runs In The 8th To Avoid Series Sweep
Written By: JJ Hartigan
LAREDO, TX- The Laredo Lemurs (36-32) avoided the series sweep on Tuesday night at Uni-Trade Stadium after scoring three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to defeat the Sioux Falls Canaries (28-40) by the final scored of 6-3.
Jeremy Strawn (2-10, 4.84 ERA) took the mound in the series finale, facing his former team for the first time since being named American Association Rookie of the year in 2014. The right-hander held Laredo to just three runs on five hits over his first seven innings, but left the game in the bottom of the 8th with one out after walking leadoff batter Kevin Taylor. Strawn recorded his only out of the inning after Brian Peterson was retired on a sac-bunt, advancing Taylor into scoring position.
Chris Elder singled off of relief pitcher Josh Ferrell to put runners on the corners with one out, before Taylor scored the go-ahead run on a D’Vontrey Richardson infield single and a throwing error from second baseman Brett Balkan. The Lemurs added two more runs in the inning with Elder and Richardson both adding insurance runs.
Taylor had a big night for Laredo, finishing 2-for-2 at the plate with a homerun, 2 RBI, and two runs scored.
Brian Humphries extended his hitting streak to a season best 13-games after going 1-for-4 at the plate with an RBI and a walk. Humphries is hitting .426 (23-for-54) two doubles, six homeruns, and 13 RBI during his current streak. Chris Grayson also had a good night at the plate, going 2-for-5 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored.
Strawn suffered the loss after allowing four runs on six hits over 7 1/3 innings of work.
Former Canaries relief pitcher John Brebbia picked up his 12th save of the season after working a quick 1-2-3 inning in the ninth.
The Birds’ continue their week-long Texas roadtrip on Wednesday night against the Grand Prairie Airhogs. RHP Tyler Pearson (3-2, 5.93 ERA) will get the start in the series opener.
Fans can catch all the action home and away on AM-1230, FM-98.1, Sioux Falls Sports Radio KWSN. Pre-game coverage will begin at 6:45 PM as the “Voice of the Canaries” JJ Hartigan will bring all the latest news related to Canaries baseball.
The Birds return to Sioux Falls Stadium on Saturday, August 8th to open up a three-game series against their I-29 rivals, the Sioux City Explorers at 6:05 PM.
Tickets for the final half of the season are still available and can be purchased through the Canaries Box Office at (605) 336-6060 or visit www.sfcanaries.com. No matter your schedule, the Canaries have a ticket package for you. Ask a Canaries representative about partial plan or E-Z Game Tickets.