Tampa Tarpons Game Notes: at Charlotte
7/16 Tampa at Charlotte - Game 1 (of three) - Charlotte Sports Park (Port Charlotte, FL) - 6:35 p.m.
Pitching Matchup: RHP Nick Green (6-3, 2.80) vs. RHP Reece Karalus (1-2, 2.84) Live Audio: TuneIn Radio (Charlotte Stone Crabs Broadcast Network)
YESTERDAY'S NEWS: After being held scoreless for the first eight innings, the Tarpons sparked for four runs in the bottom of the 9th, but the Dunedin Blue Jays held on for a 5-4 win to complete a three-game sweep in Tampa...The Tarpons outhit Dunedin, 7-6, but the Blue Jays worked 10 walks and tallied nine stolen bases (both season-highs for Tampa pitching)...LHP Dalton Lehnen (L, 0-1) threw a career-high 101 pitches (53 strikes) in 5.0IP (5H, 2R/1ER, 4BB, 3K, 2WP)...RHP Greg Weissert surrendered 2ER without allowing a hit in 1.2IP (4BB, 1IBB, 2K, WP)...RHP Kaleb Ort tallied 4K in 1.1IP (1H, 1ER, 1BB)...RHP Andrew Schwaab (1.0IP, 1K) logged a perfect 9th...RHP Conner Eller (W, 5-2) shutout the Tarpons for 6.0IP (3H, 2BB, 2K)...Tampa rallied off RHP William Ouellette in the 9th, including an RBI single by Isiah Gilliam (1-for-4, RBI) and a two-run HR by Angel Aguilar (1-for-4, HR, 2RBI, R)...RHP Jake Fishman (SV, 5) got the final two outs for his second save in as many games.
QUIT PICKING ON ME: Since C Donny Sands was placed on the disabled list, the Tarpons started 18-year-old catcher Miguel Torres (1-for-4) on Sunday. The Venezuelan had played just 11 games in the Gulf Coast League prior to joining Tampa. The Blue Jays took advantage, testing the young backstop by attempting 11 stolen bases. Torres threw out one potential base stealer, but allowed nine steals and yielded two passed balls.
STRIKEOUT KINGS: Dalton Lehnen (3K), Greg Weissert (2K), Kaleb Ort (4K) and Andres Schwaab (1K) combined for 10 strikeouts on Sunday. Tampa pitchers have tallied double-digit strikeouts in 43 games this season, with the Tarpons going 25-18 in such games. Tampa, by far, leads the Florida State League in strikeouts, totaling 896K entering today. That is 96K more than the team ranked second (Clearwater - 800K). Tampa is averaging 9.63 K-per-game and is on pace for 1,339K, which would crush its own FSL single-season strikeout record set last season with 1,215K.
VS. CHARLOTTE: Tonight will be the 11th of 13 scheduled games between the Tampa Tarpons and Charlotte Stone Crabs. The season-series is currently tied, 5-5. Tampa is 1-2 at Charlotte Sports Park. Diego Castillo has played in seven matchups and is batting .317 (10-for-32) with 2R, 1 double, 3RBI, and 1SB in the series. In eight games against the Stone Crabs, Angel Aguilar is batting .290 (9-for-31) with 3R, 2 doubles, 2 triples, 1HR, 6RBI and 1SB. Overall, Tampa batters are hitting .280 (98-for-350) against Charlotte pitching this season.
BABY BOMBERS: The Tarpons currently lead the league with 79 home runs, which is nine more than second on the list (Bradenton- 70HR).
ROAD TO RECOVERY: Estevan Florial began a rehab assignment in the Gulf Coast League last week. So far, Florial is batting .481 (13-for-27) with 9R, 3HR, 2 2B's, 4BB, 8RBI and 5B in eight games. Today, the 20-year-old went 2-for-4 (HR, RBI, 2R, SB) and played CF for all nine innings.
DIEHL TO DOUBLE-A: LHP Phillip Diehl's final performance with Tampa led to a promotion. On Tuesday, the 23-year-old struck out five of the six batters he faced in a pair of perfect innings. Diehl leaves the Florida State League ranking 1st in strikeouts (79K), 1st in K/9.0IP (14.61), 1st in fewest baserunners/9.0IP (9.25) and tied for 2nd in holds (6). The Ohio native joined Double-A Trenton on Friday after going 2-2 with 3 saves and a 3.14 ERA (48.2IP, 37H, 20R/17ER, 12BB, 79K, 2HR, 1HB) in 25 relief outings with the Tarpons.
SENSLEY'S SOLOS: On Friday, Steven Sensley clubbed his 13th home run (third with Tampa). All 13 have been solo home runs.
FOR STARTERS: RHP Nick Green (6-3, 2.80) will make his 16th start of the season. Last time out, struggled with command and took a no-decision at Jupiter on 7/10 (5.0IP, 4H, 3ER, 6BB, 7K, HB, 5WP, BK, 94P/48S)...currently ranks fourth in the Florida State League in ERA...among FSL starters, ranks tied for third in K/9.0IP (8.10) and tied for fourth in lowest batting average against (.231)...has made a quality start (6.0+ IP/3ER-or-less) in nine of his 15 starts this season...named a 2018 FSL Mid-Season All-Star and started for the North Division, tossing a perfect 1st-inning (1.0IP, 1K).
VS. CHARLOTTE: Green's made three starts against the Stone Crabs this season, going 0-1 with a 5.09 ERA (17.2IP, 15H, 10ER, 9BB, 19K, HR, 2HB).
2017: Went 8-9 with a 4.49 ERA (126.1IP, 131H, 74R/63ER, 39BB, 112K) in 26 starts with Single-A Charleston...held left-handed batters to a .201 (38-for-189) batting average...went 4-4 with a 2.77 ERA (65.0IP, 20ER) in 13 starts before the All-Star break...did not allow an earned run in three consecutive starts from 4/29-5/13 (20.2IP, 2R)
Personal: 23-years-old, 6-1, 175 - Fountain, Colorado...Acquired from Texas, along with RHPs Dillon Tate and Erik Swanson, in exchange for OF Carlos Beltrán and cash on 8/1/16...was originally selected by the Rangers in the seventh round in 2014 out of Indian Hills Community College...Played one season (2014) at Indian Hills Community College (Iowa), going 3-1 wit ha 2.97 ERA (36.1IP, 12ER)...graduated in 2013 from Fountain-Fort Carson H.S. (Colo.).
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