MLN: Flying Tigers Struggling, Still Second

The Flying Tigers struggled this week, going 3-4 while still maintaining second place in the FSL West with a record of 9-7. Like always, there were some very impressive pitching performances this week, but there were also some strong offensive displays as well.

To start things off, top prospect Rick Porcello went 1-0 on the week in two outings. In his most recent outing, Porcello went six innings and gave up only one hit while striking out two to register the win. In his first outing, he went five innings while giving up only two hits and two earned runs. Unfortunately he earned a no decision as Zach Simons gave up the game in the ninth inning.

A new addition to the roster pitched between Porcello and Simons in this game – Robert Weinhardt who was recently drafted out of Oklahoma State University. Weinhardt pitched two hitless innings and struck out three. Overall, the twenty-two year old pitched three times this week for a total of six innings. In those six innings, he walked zero batters and struck out nine, while giving up only one hit. It will be interesting to see if he can maintain this momentum.

While most Americans were launching fireworks on the fourth of July, the people of Lakeland were able to watch fourteen innings of minor league baseball. Guillermo Moscoso pitched seven innings and gave up only three hits and one earned run. The game remained tied until the fourteenth inning when Nick Martin gave up the final run.

In addition to some great pitching this week, there were also some impressive offensive performances as well. Aside from James Skelton who batted 6-20 with a .300 average this week, there weren't any Lakeland players who batted for a high average. There were some power hitters however. Ryan Strieby had six hits on the week, but five of them were home runs, including a walk off in the bottom of the ninth. Another impressive performance came from Brennan Boesch this week who batted 3-5 with two home runs in one game, hitting for a total of three home runs on the week.

Jeramy Laster still leads the league in home runs with seventeen, but he hasn't hit one in two weeks. With his five bombs this week, Strieby is tied for second place behind Laster. In addition to hitting zero home runs on the week, Jeramy also added to his league leading strikeout total but fanning eight times this week.

The Flying Tigers will finish their series against Brevard County this week before staying on the road to play a series with Palm Beach.

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