Pat Lemmo Tosses 4 Hitter To Shutout Diablos
Pat Lemmo threw a four hit shutout on Friday as the Cowboys defeated the Douglas Diablos 5-0 in the second game of the four game series.
The Cowboys would give Lemmo all the support he would need by scoring a run in the first. John Hotta led off the game by drawing a four pitch walk. Casanova Donaldson struck out but Tyler Heck grounded out to first to move Hotta to third with two outs. Brian Millimen then singled to score Hotta as Millimen recorded his 31st RBI in the Cowboy’s 20th game.
Alpine may have gotten a little too aggressive in the second as two Cowboys were caught stealing in the inning. Riley Smith singled and got caught at second on what may have been a hit and run attempt on a pitch to Matt Henrickson that he had no chance to swing at let alone come in contact with. Corey Caswell doubled and got picked off, caught leaning a little too far towards third.
After the first two batters were put out in the bottom of the fifth, Casanova Donaldson hit a sinking line drive to left center that took an odd bounce over the glove of the diving Diablo center fielder, Malguiel Brito, and skipped to the wall. Donaldson was off with the crack of the bat and never slowed as he circled the bases with a standing inside the park home run. This was his third home run of the year and his second inside the park homer. Tyler Heck reached on a swinging strikeout that should have been the third out. A single by Brian Millimen put runners at first and third. Austin Prott singled to score Heck and Riley Smith singled to plate Millimen. Pat Lemmo was now staked to a four run lead. The way Lemmo was pitching there was no doubt now about the outcome of the game.
The Cowboys scored an insurance run in the seventh as Tyler Heck got a leadoff single, stole second and scored on a single by Riley Smith.
Casanova Donaldson was 2 for 5 with the home run. Austin Prott, Tyler Heck and Brian Millimen were all 2 for 4. Riley Smith was 3 for 3 with 2 RBIs.
The story of the evening though was the pitching performance by Pat Lemmo. He picked up the win to improve to 4-0 on the year and dropped his ERA from 5.14 to 3.89. In this game he allowed no runs on just four hits. He struck out 7 and walked only one. Through one out in the sixth he had faced one more than the minimum. Only Ray Roman in the sixth reached third base. Just two batters got in scoring position for the Diablos all game.
The series concludes today with a doubleheader starting at 3 PM with the second game approximately 30 minutes after completion of the first game.
The win last night puts the Cowboys record at 15-5. They get two days off on Monday and Tuesday before traveling to Santa Fe and then to Roswell. The Invaders won last night to remain 1 game behind the Cowboys at 13-5.
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