Lakeland, FL - Playing their first game since Sunday due to rain and inclement weather, the Flying Tigers lost to playoff-bound Palm Beach 3-1 despite seven strong innings from Anthony Castro.
The Flying Tigers were poised to strike quickly in the first. Brock Deatherage reached base on a force out and Danny Pinero singled to put two on for second baseman Kody Clemens with two out. Clemens then singled to center to score Deatherage, but Pinero was thrown out at third on the play to end the inning.
Castro first ran into trouble in the fourth when the Cardinals loaded the bases with nobody out. A force out from Irving Lopez scored one, but Castro escaped the inning with no further damage. The Cardinals scored the eventual winning run in the fifth on an RBI double by Elehuris Montero, taking a 2-1 lead. Left fielder Connor Capel then singled in Jose Godoy in the seventh to increase Palm Beach's total to three. Castro exited after the inning, finishing with a respectable three runs and eight strikeouts over seven innings.
Despite knocking nine hits over the game's final eight innings, the Flying Tigers failed to push across another run. Fernando Perez pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth to keep Lakeland within reach, but the Flying Tigers ultimately fell to Palm Beach 3-1.
Up Next: The Flying Tigers will look to ride the arm of Gregory Soto (8-7, 4.31 ERA) to a series-evening victory over Palm Beach on Saturday at 6:00 p.m.
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