[Via email from Grant McAuley, Broadcaster, Charlotte Stone Crabs.]
LAKELAND, Fla. -- The Lakeland Flying Tigers keep throwing solid start after solid start at the Charlotte Stone Crabs. Mark Sorensen stifled the Charlotte bats for seven innings on Wednesday as Lakeland took a 3-1 win at Joker Marchant Stadium.
Nick Barnese was rolling along until running into trouble in the bottom of the fourth inning, when the first four Lakeland batters collected hits to open the frame. Kody Kaiser and Bryan Pounds each collected RBI-singles, and a third run scored when the Charlotte turned a double play on Julio Rodriguez.
That run support would give Sorensen (2-2) all he would need for the win. The right-hander lasted seven innings and allowed just one run on five hits, did not walk a batter and struck out five to break a personal three-game losing streak.
Barnese (4-2) struck out a season-high nine batters, which ties him with Matt Moore and Frank De Los Santos for the most strikeouts in a single game by a Charlotte pitcher this season. The righty allowed three earned runs on seven hits and a walk in taking the loss.
The Stone Crabs scored their only run of the night on Leslie Anderson's first home run of the year. It came off Sorensen to lead off the seventh inning and broke a 20-inning scoreless drought for the Charlotte offense.
All the runs that have crossed the plate for the Stone Crabs in this series have come via the homer. Henry Wrigley's two-run blast in the fourth inning of the series opener accounts for the only runs scored prior to Anderson's clout.
Wednesday's loss marks the first time that the Stone Crabs (17-14) have dropped back-to-back games on the road this year. The win by Lakeland (16-16) evens their record on the season.
Righty Joe Cruz (1-2) will take the mound on Thursday as Charlotte looks to earn a series split. Lakeland will send fellow right-hander Brayan Villarreal (3-3) to the hill as they seek to take 3-of-4. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.