RHP Santo Hernandez pitched six perfect innings Monday, retiring all eighteen men he faced until the seventh inning when he allowed back-to-back singles. The Broncos (31-34) scored seven runs in the fourth frame and cruised to the 8-1 victory, sweeping the Thunder (22-41).
The Broncos entered the day tied for fourth place and needing to pick up a win to keep pace with the Rio Grande Valley White Wings, who were victorious earlier in the day.
Hernandez (6-3) went to the mound trying to complete the four game sweep of the Coastal Bend Thunder. On the mound for the Thunder was RHP Carlos Rangel (5-6)
The Broncos through the first three innings mustered just three hits and stranded all three runners on the base paths against Rangel.
In the bottom of the fourth, Laredo's offense finally broke through. D.J Dixon hit a one out double and Jonathan Cisneros brought him home one batter later with an RBI double and the score was 1-0. A pitch hit by Thennis before Flynn drove in Cisneros with an RBI single to give the Broncos the 2-0 lead. Carlos Arroyo took an RBI walk with the bases loaded to increase the lead to 3-0 and Jonel Pacheco came up and crushed a grand slam over the left center field wall to make it a big inning. Broncos led 7-0 over the Thunder.
In the bottom of the fifth the Broncos added a run after Nick Mahin took a walk, Jonathan Cisneros drove him in with his second RBI double of the game and the lead was 8-0 Broncos.
Hernandez was magnificent on the mound for Laredo, pitching the first six innings perfectly. He retired all eighteen men he faced, striking out seven, picking up five fly outs and six groundouts. In the top of the seventh, Mike Lewis broke up the attempt at history with a leadoff single, followed by Ron Fenwick. Hernandez then picked up a double play ball to cut the rally down and dance out of the jam, holding the Thunder scoreless through seven.
RHP Wade Townsend came into the game in the top of the eighth and allowed all three batters he faced to reach base and allowed the first Thunder run in the game on an RBI double by Alex Fernandez. RHP James Maxwell came into the game got a double play with the bases loaded and then a ground out to end the threat. The Broncos took their 8-1 lead heading to the bottom of the eighth.
RHP Maximinio De La Cruz came on in the ninth and stranded runners on first and third to end the ball game.
The Broncos pick up the series sweep over the Thunder, their first sweep of the season and have now won four games in a row.
An RBI single by D.J Dixon gave the Broncos the lead late against the Thunder Sunday, allowing the Broncos to pick up their third win in a row. The Broncos looked to continue their winning ways with RHP Juan Peralta (6-2) on the mound. The Coastal Bend Thunder sent RHP Toro Trevino (3-6) to the mound in game three of the series.
The Broncos took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on the sacrifice fly by Jolen Pacheco. Pacheco picked up his second RBI in as many games since joining the Broncos.
Coastal Bend tied the game in the top of the second when Salvador Paniagua was charged with a passed ball that allowed Lamar Guy to score the tying run.
The score remained 1-1 until the bottom of the seventh after a Jolen Pacheco lead off double. D.J Dixon brought him home with an RBI single to give the Broncos the 2-1 lead.
In the bottom of the seventh, Doug Thennis hit a solo home run, his sixth of the year, to give the Broncos the 3-1 lead.
RHP Juan Peralta picked up his sixth win of the season, pitching seven innings, allowing eight hits, one run, he walked four and struck out eight in the victory.
On Saturday, the Broncos sent LHP Brian Buchanan (6-4) to the mound in game two of the series against the Thunder. Making the start for Coastal Bend was LHP Frank James (2-6).
The Broncos came out of the gate swinging, plating four runs in the bottom of the first. The first four batters came home to score for the Broncos on three singles and a two-run homer by Salvador Paniagua to make the score 4-0.
The Thunder stranded runners on the base paths in all five innings that Brian Buchanan pitched in the ball game.
In the bottom of the second, the Broncos added to their lead. Back-to-back RBI doubles by Carlos Arroyo and Jolen Pacheco brought home two more Broncos runs and extended their lead to 6-0.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Broncos continued the offense out pouring, D.J Dixon, after singling, scored on an error by first baseman Brian Nichols and the Broncos led 7-0. Jolen Pacheco then hit his first home run of the year, a three run shot that made the Broncos lead 10-0.