The week started with a poor outing from Mark Brackman, who is now 0-3 on the season. Brackman pitched 1 and 2/3 innings and gave up four runs. Derek Witt then gave up three more runs and the deficit was too large for the Flying Tigers at this point. On the offensive side, Jeramy Laster went 2-5 with his fourteenth home run of the season. Following the outing, Brackman was sent to Extended Spring and has since been placed on the short season roster for Oneonta.
The following night allowed for an impressive 7-4 win over one of the Brewers top pitching prospects Jeremy Jeffress. Ramon Garcia got the start for Lakeland and pitched six scoreless innings. Jordan Tata entered the game in relief and gave up four earned runs in 2/3 of an inning, continuing his streak of bad luck. Lakeland still managed to win the game though, as the offense kicked in high gear. Brennan Boesch excelled on this night, going 3-4 with four RBIs with a double and a triple.
The last game of the Brevard series was rained out and will likely never be made up, as the teams will not see each other for the rest of the season.
This past weekend was the All-Star break for the Flying Tigers, and they were well represented in the game. Rick Porcello was given the opportunity to start the game and he gave up one run in his only inning of work. Matt O'Brien came in the fourth inning and gave up two runs of his own. Cale Iorg struggled from the offensive side during the game, batting 1-5, but when he did connect he hit a towering home run. Ryan Strieby also had an RBI in the game, as the West won 9-3.
It was back to regular play on Monday night for the Lakeland club, except they were joined by a familiar face from Detroit. Gary Sheffield joined the team on a rehab assignment as Duane Below pitched a gem of a game. Below lasted seven innings while giving up only one earned run and striking out three. Jay Sborz then pitched three hitless innings for the win and Zach Simons registered the save. Gary Sheffield was designated hitter for the night, going 0-2 with two long pop-outs and a walk. He did manage to score a run though as the team scored the victory 3-2.
The Flying Tigers will remain in Sarasota to finish their series before playing a home game against Tampa and then traveling back on the road to Tampa to finish that series.