Lakeland Flying Tigers (7-8) – T3rd in Florida State League West
The Lakeland Flying Tigers received excellent production from a group of infielders on the way to a strong 5-1 week that brought them back to within shouting distance of first place. Garrett Burhenn (5IP, 6H, 2ER, 3BB, 5K) gave Lakeland a solid start, Justice Bigbie hit his first Low-A home run, and the Flying Tigers scratched out a 3-2 win on Tuesday despite managing just three hits. Wednesday’s outing saw the bats come alive in a 9-0 win keyed by a terrific start from Nick Davila (5IP, 5H, 0ER, BB, 3K) and a three-run triple off the bat of Chris Meyers:
They Flygers made it two shutouts in a row with a 3-0 victory on Thursday, in a game that saw another strong performance from Meyers (2-for-2, 2B, 2BB, 2 RBIs), an inning of work from Andrew Chafin, and then dominant performances from Alex Faedo (4IP, H, 2BB, 5) and Carlos Pena (4IP, 0H, 7K). Lakeland used 12 hits, 8 walks, and 7 RBIs from young hitters Carlos Mendoza, Manuel Sequera, and Roberto Campos on Friday to make it four in a row with a 9-2 victory.
The Flying Tigers’ only loss of the week came in a 7-3 affair on Saturday, though it certainly wasn’t the fault of starter Jackson Jobe (2IP, H, 4K) or his friend Izaac Pacheco (2-for-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBIs). Pacheco had a terrific week overall, going 6-for-18 with three doubles, a home run, six walks, and even a steal of home.
Lakeland finished the week back in the win column by getting a home run from young outfielder Lazaro Benitez and holding off a late Cardinals rally to best Palm Beach 7-6.
The Flying Tigers take the trip down I-4 this week for a six-game set with the last place Tampa Tarpons.