TigsTown MLN: LFT Battling Above .500

Porcello had his share of struggles

The Flying Tigers currently remain over .500 for the season at 27-25, despite a dismal 3-5 record on the week. Rain put a damper on the regular schedule, but in the end, all games were still played.

Southpaw Ramon Garcia started the week off with a strong outing. Garcia pitched six innings and surrendered only two runs, but was then replaced by Guillermo Moscoso who gave up three runs in only 2 and 1/3 innings of work. Scott Sizemore batted 1-4 on the night, hitting his fourth home run of the season.

Lakeland evened the series with Palm Beach the next night with a sub-par performance from Rick Porcello. The top prospect pitched five innings and surrendered four runs. At this point in the game, however, the Flying Tigers possessed a seven run lead. Nick Martin entered the game and immediately gave up three home runs. Lakeland still led the game until the ninth inning, when Jay Sborz gave up three runs and registered a blown save. In the end, relief pitcher Zach Simons improved to 2-0 on the season as Scott Sizemore registered the game winning RBI.

From there the team traveled to Jupiter, but the first game was postponed and played the next day as part of a double header. Moscoso evened his record on the season to 1-1 after a strong performance by pitcher Duane Below. Jeramy Laster registered the only Lakeland RBI of the game, batting 1-4. In the second game of the double header, the Flying Tigers shut Jupiter out 8-0. FSL pitcher of the week Jonah Nickerson pitched all seven innings while striking out ten. Nickerson is now 5-3 on the year. Ryan Strieby and Jeramy Laster both went 2-4 on the night with a home run each.

From there, Jordan Tata pitched 1 and 1/3 innings before the game was suspended for rain. Tata gave up one run and the game was continued by Matt O'Brien who then pitched six innings while giving up one run. Unfortunately, Nick Martin registered a blown save and Derek Witt was credited with the loss for the night, with the final score being 3-2 Jupiter.

As opposed to his previous outing, Ramon Garcia struggled against Jupiter, pitching two innings and giving up four runs. Mark Brackman was credited with the loss, as he then gave up two runs in relief for Garcia. Lakeland managed only four hits on the night.

After a day off for Memorial Day, the Flying Tigers and top prospect Rick Porcello returned home to face the Tampa Yankees. Porcello pitched six innings and gave up three runs, including a home run. Jordan Tata and Guillermo Moscoso then combined to close out the gave, giving up only one hit. Lakeland managed only five hits on the night, with Scott Sizemore having two of them. The Flying Tigers will remain at home for two more nights to finish their series with Tampa before they head to Dunedin for a three game series on the road.

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