Luis Marte had two impressive outings this week, beginning with his start against Dunedin on April 23rd. Marte pitched seven innings, surrendering only three hits while striking out eleven. The opposing pitcher for the night was Gustavo Chacin, on a rehab assignment from Toronto. While his second outing of the week did not register a win, it was equally impressive. Marte pitched seven innings and gave up only four hits. The 21-year old gave up zero runs for the week.
2007 draft pick Rick Porcello has managed to match the early record of 2006 draft pick Andrew Miller while in Lakeland: 1-4. Andrew's issues seemed to be composure and supporting defense; Rick's seem to be a lack of run support for the most part. I'll take the latter any day of the week. Despite giving up three runs in five and 1/3 innings pitched, the young rookie's ERA is still an impressive 2.13. Porcello looks to produce another impressive performance in his next start on April 30.
While Marte and Porcello both manufactured solid performances for the Flying Tigers, the most impressive pitching performance of the week belongs to Jonah Nickerson. In a pitching duel with rehabbing Kevin Slowey for Fort Myers, the former Midwest League Pitcher of the Week took a perfect game into the eighth inning before giving up two runs on two hits.
On the offensive side, slugger Cale Iorg continued to slump, batting .190 for the week. Luis Ott batted 4-18 on the week, raising his average to an even .300. Most notable, however, was the hitting of a returning Flying Tiger. Justin Justice batted 9-24 this week with two home runs and seven RBIs. Such hitting earned Justice the title of FSL Player of the Week from MILB.com.
Lakeland will have one day off before heading on the road for nearly two weeks. The Flying Tigers will play in Dunedin for one series and St. Lucie for another.