Top draft pick Rick Porcello earned his fourth win of the season this week, pitching six innings and giving up zero earned runs while allowing only five hits. The Daytona lineup managed to connect with many pitches, but Porcello continued to throw in the high ninety's resulting in nine ground balls and seven pop outs.
Jay Sborz closed the game out for Porcello, earning his fifth save of the season. Sborz is quietly having a very impressive season despite giving up two runs this week to raise his ERA to a still remarkable 2.03. On the season Jay is averaging almost a strikeout per inning. The last notable pitching performance of the week came from Guillermo Moscoso who was given only his second start of the season, despite appearing in ten games. Moscoso, who pitched a perfect game in Oneonta last season, lasted five innings, giving up only one run on two hits. Most notable were probably his ten strikeouts in such a short outing. On the season he is averaging over 1.5 strikeouts per inning. Unfortunately, the Lakeland offense did not provide Guillermo with any run support, but Ramon Garcia registered the win in the tenth inning when Dustin Sasser walked a Lakeland batter with bases loaded.
While he failed to provide the best performance of the week, Dontrelle Willis probably attracted the most attention before even throwing a single pitch. Dontrelle came in to relieve Duane Below – it was already pre-determined that he would pitch only two innings. Willis struggled from the mound, giving up one hit and one earned run while walking three batters. At one point, manager Andy Barkett and the trainers visited the mound in the seventh inning. Its still too early to tell exactly what is wrong or if Dontrelle was working on anything specific, but the outing was poor one nonetheless.
Interestingly enough, this game lasted twelve innings with Lakeland winning 3-2 in the bottom of the twentieth as infielder Jonathan Mota pitched for Daytona. Jeramy Laster ended up scoring on a throwing error.
While still leading the league in home runs, Laster endured a terrible week, batting 0-20 with ten strikeouts. After an impressive week, Cale Iorg also struggled from the plate, batting 1-19 in the last five games, reducing his overall average to .254. The team as a whole batted poorly this week, and registering only ten hits in a twenty inning game doesn't help the average either.
On a better note, new addition Carmelo Jaime batted 3-10 with six walks (five of them coming in the same game). James Skelton returned from an injury and is batting 6-14 with a .429 average this week, raising his season average to one point shy of .300 at .299.
The Flying Tigers will travel to Clearwater this week for a three game series before returning home to face Ft. Myers.