The Flying Tigers also split four games with Dunedin, both wins coming in shutout fashion.
Right-hander Mark Sorensen tossed six innings, struck out five and allowed just two hits in a 2-0 Lakeland victory at Dunedin last Wednesday. With that win, coupled with his six-inning performance Tuesday night in which he allowed just one earned run and struck out eight, Sorensen made a strong case for FSL Pitcher of the Week, an honor recently earned by former teammates Adam Wilk and Jon Kibler, both promoted to Double-A Erie.
Wilk was named to the FSL Postseason All-Star team last week. His 3.01 ERA ranked fourth in the league and his 1.10 WHIP was tied for second.
After dropping the fist game of a double-header in Dunedin last Thursday, the Flying Tigers came back with their second shutout win, a shutout-by-committee, as Shawn Teufel, Michael Torrealba and Dan Gentzler combined to throw seven innings and allowed just four total hits.
Turner threw five innings of three-hit ball and struck out five, not allowing an earned run in a game that saw the Flying Tigers exploded for four runs in the top of the 14th inning to top Daytona, 5-1. The following night, Putkonen turned in 7.2 shutout innings, striking out four and allowing four hits in the Flying Tigers' third shutout win of the week, a 3-0 win over Daytona.
Offensively, the contributions came from all over.
Patrick McKenna went 7-for-25 for the week. Four of his seven hits were doubles, and he also drove in a pair of runs. Daniel Fields was also 7-for-25, blasting a pair of home runs. Francisco Martinez added a pair of doubles and three RBI, going 9-for-29 for the week.
Though he started the week 0-for-9 in three games against Dunedin, Jordan Lennerton ended the week on a four-game hit streak in which he was 7-for-16, including four doubles, three of which came in a 4-3 loss to Dunedin Tuesday night. He's now hitting .319 with a .405 OBP, a .539 slugging percentage and a .944 OPS in Lakeland this year, all among the team leaders.
The Flying Tigers end the season with a five-game homestand in which they host Dunedin (28-36) Wednesday and Thursday night before hosting second-place Daytona (37-26) for a season-ending three-game set. Daytona is currently 3.5 games behind division-leading Tampa (40-22), and is the only team in the division not eliminated from contending with the Yankees for the second-half crown.
If it comes down to the series in Lakeland for Daytona, the Flying Tigers will have something to play for despite being eliminated from playoff contention: A chance to play the spoiler.