LAKELAND, Fla. (May 13, 2017) - The Florida Fire Frogs grabbed an early lead, but could not hang on in the rubber match against the Lakeland Flying Tigers on Saturday night in the 4-1 loss at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. The defeat send the Fire Frogs back under .500 heading into the league-wide off day on Sunday.
Tyler Neslony (1x4, R, HR, RBI) sent an 0-1 pitch into the bullpen in right for his third home run of the season, but that would be the only damage done against Beau Burrows (4-1) on the night.
Enderson Franco (0-1) took a no-hitter into the fifth inning, with the only man reaching via a walk to Will Allen in the second. The 24-year-old walked the leadoff man in fifth, starting a four-run rally for the Lakeland (18-19).
With Zac Shepherd at first, Franco struck out Allen for the first out, but Jose Azocar singled, Arcivent Perez drove both runners home with a double, David Gonzalez tripled the man across the plate, Ross Kivett walked and Dustin Frailey drove home Gonzalez for the fourth run of the inning.
Florida (18-19) had a chance to tie the game in the eighth against Mark Ecker when Omar Obregon (1x3) and Anfernee Seymour (2x3, 2B) singled to start things out, but the reliever retired Ray-Patrick Didder (0x4), Austin Riley (1x4) and Alex Jackson (0x4) to leave the runners stranded.
Seymour's two-hit night gave the 21-year-old 10 hits in 31 at-bats since joining Florida on May 9. Jackson's five-game hitting streak, and nine-game on-base streak, came to an end with the hitless performance.
Gerson Moreno (SV, 3) set down the side in order in the ninth to hand the Fire Frogs their first series defeat in May.
Florida heads back home after the league-wide off day on Sunday to face off against the Tampa Yankees for the first time this season at Osceola County Stadium. LHP Tyler Pike (3-1, 2.29) seeks his fourth consecutive victory in the series opener for Florida, while it has yet to be determined who will take the mound for Tampa. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m., with coverage starting at 6:50 p.m. on the Florida Fire Frogs Broadcasting Network.
The first game of the four-game series is Margarita Monday in Kissimmee, where fans can enjoy $3 margaritas and $2 empanadas. The series opener will also be Service Industry Night, where members of the service industry can purchase tickets at the gate for a discounted rate.
About the Florida Fire Frogs
The Florida Fire Frogs are the Advanced-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves and compete in the Florida State League. The Fire Frogs play their home games at Osceola County Stadium, located at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Fla. For more information, please visit www.FloridaFireFrogs.com, and follow the team on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube.
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