Flying Tigers win fourth in a row, defeat Jupiter 3-1

Daz Cameron. Lakeland Flying Tigers v Jupiter Hammerheads. Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. Lakeland, Fla. June 12, 2018. (Photo by Tom Hagerty.) (Tom Hagerty)

By Lakeland Flying Tigers | June 12, 2018 11:28 PM

The Flying Tigers defeated the Jupiter Hammerheads 3-1 Tuesday night behind Daz Cameron's third career four-hit game and a gutsy pitching performance from Gregory Soto.

The Flying Tigers loaded the bases in the first with back-to-back singles from Cam Gibson and Daz Cameron and a two-out walk to Troy Montgomery, but a flyout from Anthony Pereira ended the scoring threat.In the third inning with the game still scoreless, Cameron rocketed a ball into the right-centerfield gap and raced around the bases for his third triple of the season. A Danny Pinero grounder scored Cameron to give the Flying Tigers a 1-0 lead.

Back-to-back RBI singles from Derek Hill and Cam Gibson in the fourth pushed the lead to three, which proved to be more than enough run support for Gregory Soto. Soto battled through 5 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing ten Hammerheads to reach base while throwing a season-high 100 pitches.

The relief combo of Evan Hill, Wladimir Pinto, and Fernando Perez successfully bridged the gap to closer Eduardo Jimenez, who pitched a perfect ninth inning for his league-leading 11th save of the year.

Despite the win, the Flying Tigers drop to a half-game back of the Daytona Tortugas in the race for first place in the North Division due to a doubleheader sweep by Daytona over St. Lucie. Six games remain in the first half with a playoff berth on the line.

Up Next: The Flying Tigers look to secure the series win against Jupiter, sending newly minted All-Star Spenser Watkins (4-1, 1.40 ERA) to the mound to keep pace with the Tortugas. Gates open at 5:30 with first pitch at 6:30.

Wednesday night means All-You-Can-Eat beginning at 5:30, featuring Texas Roadhouse. Fans 21 and older can also enjoy Wine Wednesdays, featuring $3 wine, sangria, and spritzers. Wednesday night is also our 6th annual City of Mulberry Night, sponsored by the Mulberry Chamber of Commerce.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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