Saturday evening the Florida State League held it’s 50th All-Star Game at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fl. With the weekend off, I had the opportunity to make the two hour drive to the beautiful stadium. The Lakeland Flying Tigers were represented by four of their top players. All four Flying Tigers contributed as the North beat the South 5-3 in an exciting game.
Kenny Faulk needed just 11 pitches to strikeout the side in the eighth inning. The 23 year-old southpaw continues to keep the
ball in the park and post respectable strikeout and walk ratios. It’s beyond me why Faulk hasn’t received more hype this season.
At the plate, shortstop Gustavo Nunez was 0-2 with a walk and a run scored. Nunez also chipped in with a stolen base and stellar defense. First baseman Tony Plagman was 1-2 with a double in three plate appearances. Plagman was hit by a Jose Alvarez fastball in the second inning. He also finished with three homers in the Yuengling Home-Run Derby. Catcher Julio Rodriguez also drove in a run with a single in his only appearance of the night.
On a side note, Bright House Field is by far the nicest stadium I’ve been to in the FSL. For $8 we were able to purchase front row seats at Frenchy’s Tiki Terrace in left-field. There is something about watching baseball, sitting at a bar located next to a bullpen. It was definitely the first time i’ve ever watched pitchers warm up and ordered a beer at the same time. There was no shortage of beer either; in addition to Frenchy’s a nearby pub offered over 50 different brands of beer! The food selection, quality and prices were all amazing too. If you ever find yourself in Florida during baseball season I highly recommend making the trip! The state of the art facility is second to none.