Lakeland MLN: Pitching Closes Strong

The Flying Tigers highlighted the end of their season with some strong pitching and poor offense. Lakeland, behind a complete game from Mark Sorensen and a lengthy outing from Jared Wesson on the last day of the season, finished with a 2-3 record over the final five games.

Solid pitching

On September 1st Mark Sorensen posted his most impressive and dominating outing of the season when he allowed only one earned run against the Tampa Yankees en route to a 5-1 win.

Sorensen, allowing five hits while striking out nine, had allowed seven runs in each of his previous two starts.

Overshadowed by Sorensen's startling start, but not to be overlooked was Jared Wesson's start during the season's finale.

In front of a small crowd of loyalists and a few card collectors looking to get their memorabilia autographed, Wesson put a nice tittle on the year by tossing eight innings and garnering a win.

The 6' 5" southpaw threw eight innings while allowing two earned runs and eight hits. He struck out six and walked one.

In his final three starts of the year, Wesson had three wins and allowed three earned runs in 21 innings.

"It leaves a good taste in your mouth to carry into next year," Wesson said while walking off the field toward the clubhouse.

Shawn Teufel also impressed to over the past week while, unfortunately surrendering an undeserved loss with his offense being shutout, pitching a seven inning complete game during a double-header vs. Tampa.

Offense tailing off

Lakeland only scored 13 runs over the past five games, and that fall-off was highlighted by its most productive hitter, Tony Plagman, mustering only three hits.

Although pure batting average isn't Plagman's province, the first baseman was only 3-for-19 over the past five games while punching one homer over the wall and driving in three Flying Tigers.

And while Jordan Lennerton was 7-for-16 with 5 RBI in directly in front of Plagman, the man behind Plagman in the lineup was even worse.

Third baseman Wade Gaynor had only one hit in 15 at-bats and drove in two. Gaynor, whose batting average never stayed much higher than its final count of .213, struck out 15 times in the last 10 games, striking out at least once in each game.

In fact, Lennerton was the only Flying Tiger hitter that had a good final week.

Take a look:

Brantly: 3-for-16

Jones: 2-for-16

Fields: 2-for-16

Rockett: 3-for-14

In the past five games Lakeland had 37 hits.

Looking forward


Making moves

On the 2nd, Brett Harrison was assigned to Lakeland from the GCL Tigers.

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