TigsTown MLN: LFT Close on Good Note

The Flying Tigers completed the last week of their 2008 season with a 4-3 record, putting them in fourth place of the FSL West with a second half record of 32-36. While the team did end on a good note, they failed to make the playoffs. Several players, however, did make the 2008 FSL All Star roster.

The week would start and end with pitcher Jonah Nickerson. In his first start, Nickerson lasted only 2/3 of an inning, giving up four runs and walking two. Six pitchers would come in to relieve him during the game, with Lester Oliveros registering the victory by pitching three and 1/3 innings, his longest outing of the season in Lakleand. Closing the game was Ramon Garcia who earned his first save of the season.

Tigers top prospect Rick Porcello started his last game as a Lakeland Flying Tiger in 2008 on the next night, giving up only three hits in six innings of work (one of his longest outings of the season). He walked only one batter and struck out four while still registering in the mid to high 90's with his fastball.

As another experimental development, outfielder Brandon Timm pitched in two games this week. In his first appearance during the week, he pitched one inning with a strikeout while giving up zero hits. The second showing wasn't as promising, as he gave up one earned run and walked three before rain would come and cancel the rest of the game with two outs to go in the ninth. Control seemed to be lacking in the second game but his fastball was registering in the low 90's.

Alfredo Figaro's bad luck would continue in Lakeland this week, as he ended up winless with his fifth straight loss. Figaro pitched four innings and gave up four earned runs. On the bright side, he did strike five batters out. Alfredo was followed in this game by three new draft picks from the Tigers: Weinhardt, Satterwhite, and Perry.

Robbie Weinhardt started the season well but has been struggling as of late. In this outing, however, he pitched two innings of one-hit baseball while walking three batters. He was followed by Cody Satterwhite who pitched an inning of flawless baseball and finally Ryan Perry who gave up three hits and one earned run.

Perry would go on to pitch one inning of perfect baseball later in the week, though. Ryan's fastball was consistently around 100 MPH and he was throwing a secondary pitch that was generally 90-91 MPH. High-A ball really hasn't been too much of a challenge for this year's first round pick.

The week ended with a more promising outing from Jonah Nickerson, improving his overall record this season to 12-4. In six and 2/3 innings of work, Nickerson gave up one earned run and struck out two batters. Robbie Weinhardt then pitched two and 1/3 innings of relief for the save, closing out the season.

On the offensive side, several players were given promising opportunity with Ryan Strieby and Brennan Boesch out of the lineup. While Jordan Lennerton failed to bat for a high average this week, he did hit his first home run in the Florida State League (which happened to be a grand slam). Catcher Jeff Kunkel batted .462 with a double in a limited number of at bats this week. Also, in addition to Brandon Timm's pitching, he made noise with his bat as well, batting .409.

Finally, Jeramy Laster did manage to hit his mark of two hundred strikeouts on the dot, despite batting .300 this week and not playing the last game of the season. While it might be easy to make light of this shortcoming, Jeramy did hit for a significant amount of power this season and hit home runs in his last three games, bringing his season ending total to twenty-four. Tigstown wishes all of the best to Jeramy and the rest of his Flying Tiger teammates as they head home before reporting to their offseason assignments.

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