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Broncos Win Pitchers Duel in Series Finale

June 28, 2008 - United League Baseball (ULB) - Laredo Broncos News Release

Laredo, TX-The Laredo Broncos got a strong 8 inning outing from Santo Hernandez against the Alexandria Aces at Bringhurst Field as they won by the score of 3-0 on Saturday. The Broncos now return home for a 6 game home stand, against the Edinburg Coyotes on Sunday night. For more information you can call (956)-723-BASE (2273).

This was a game that was dominated early on by both starting pitchers. Aces starter Chad Linder kept the Broncos bats cool thru the first 5 innings. He allowed only 2 base runners to reach base against him. Luany Sanchez doubled in the 2nd and Matt Lawman reached on an error in the 4th. Linder also struck out 9 to go along with his 5 shutout innings.

Broncos starter Santo Hernandez was just as good as Linder. Hernandez allowed 3 base runners against him in the first 4 innings. 1 of those was a single by Andre Marshall. The other 2 base runners were Palmer Karr Jr. and Rafael Ozuna who reached base on walks. He would strike out 6 batters thru the 4 innings as well. He would find himself in some trouble in the bottom of the 5th inning. With 2 outs Eddie Fitzpatrick reached base on a walk. That was followed by a single by Bryan Sabatella to put runners on 1st and 2nd. But Hernandez would get out of it by getting Luis Guance to ground out. The game was still tied at 0 after 5 innings.

Laredo had their best chance to score in the top of the 6th. With 2 outs Steven Wright doubled and Matt Lawman walked putting runners on 1st and 2nd. But Dwayne White was called out on strikes, which was the 11th strikeout on the night for Linder.

The Broncos would finally get to Linder in the top of the 7th inning. With one out Luany Sanchez connected on a solo home run, his 9th of the season. That gave the Broncos their first lead by a score of 1-0.

Hernandez would get into a jam in the bottom of the 7th. Blake Butler led off with a walk. Then with 2 outs, Eddie Fitzpatrick singled, moving butler to 3rd. With Bryan Sabatella up, Fitzpatrick tried to get into a run down to get Butler home. But, Eric Padilla threw out Butler trying to score on the play to keep Laredo up 1-0.

Hernandez would also come out and pitch the 8th inning and strike out the side. In 8 innings pitched he gave up 0 runs on 4 hits. He walked 4 batters and struck out a season high 13 batters.

The Broncos would add some insurance runs in the top of the 9th inning. Matt Lawman walked to start off the inning. He went to 2nd on a single by Dwayne White. After a strikeout, Luany Sanchez would single to load the bases. Ben Tinius hit what appeared to be a double play ball, but the 2nd baseman Luis Guance's flip to the shortstop was bobbled which allowed both Lawman and White to score. That made the Broncos lead 3-0 with Benny Cepeda coming into the game for the save in the 9th.

Cepeda would give up a lead off double to Palmer Karr Jr., but he was stranded there as the Broncos took home the victory by a score of 3-0.

The Broncos scored 3 runs on 5 hits and committed 0 errors, while the Aces scored 0 runs on 5 hits and committed 2 errors.

The Broncos improve to 22-23 on the season. The Broncos will be back in action on Sunday night when they play game 1 of a 3 game set against the Edinburg Coyotes at Veterans Field at 7:35. You can listen to that game as well as all Laredo Broncos baseball games home or away at thru our partner sports gaming radio.

WP: Santo Hernandez (5-3)

LP: Chad Linder (3-2)

S: Benny Cepeda (3)

HR: Broncos: Luany Sanchez (9th of season) Aces: None

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