TigsTown MLN: LFT Battling the Rain

The Flying Tigers were an even 3-3 for the second week in a row, making their record 15-13 while still maintaining second place in the FSL West. Rain was a constant interruption to the team this week, forcing them to play two double-headers. When they actually were able to play, the spotlight was on former first round pick Rick Porcello and also Dontrelle Willis.

The major highlight of the week came from a combined no-hit, seven inning game by the Flying Tigers pitching staff headlined by top prospect Rick Porcello. The nineteen year old pitched five hitless innings but was still credited with an earned run. Regardless, he registered the win as Robert Weinhardt pitched an inning for the hold and newcomer Cody Satterwhite pitched the last inning to register his first save with the Flying Tigers.

Weinhardt, the product of Oklahoma State University, continues to pitch lights out, as he registered two and 1/3 more innings of hitless ball this week while striking out four. On the season, he is now 2-0 with two saves, one total hit, zero walks, and sixteen strikeouts. Needless to say, Weinhardt and Satterwhite are welcome additions to a Flying Tigers bullpen that severely needed help.

There were several other prominent pitching performances this week. First off, Dontrelle Willis started and pitched three innings against St. Lucie. He gave up one earned run on four hits and one strikeout while walking zero. It seems like the organization is still in the process of adjusting his delivery, as the leg kick is not hardly as high as it used to be, and his motion seems more effortless now. His location pitches registered in the low-80's while the harder thrown pitches ranged anywhere from the mid-80's to low-90's. There are certainly still improvements to be made but he is eager to return to Detroit and is moving in the right direction.

Lastly, Guillermo Moscoso pitched a solid five and 2/3 innings while giving up one earned run and striking out seven. He was in line to register the win but the save was blown by Jay Sborz. Moscoso has pitched in fourteen games this season but has only started six and is averaging a little over seven strikeouts in each of his starts.

On the offensive side there were also several impressive performances. New shortstop Adam Frost batted 1-5 in his first two games with the club but then hit for an impressive 3-3 performance in his third game with a home run and a double.

Ryan Strieby was 6-20 this week with five home runs, including one in each of his last four games. He now has twenty-one home runs on the season and is tied for the league lead after passing Jeramy Laster. Laster managed to break his home run slump and hit two this week while striking out nine times. James Skelton remains to be the only Lakeland player with an average over .300, batting .302.

The Flying Tigers will finish their series on the road against the Vero Beach Devil Rays before returning home to face the Sarasota Reds.

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