SaraReds bow to Lakeland
BY PHIL DENIS CORRESPONDENT
SARASOTA -- Lakeland scored six runs in the top of the seventh inning Friday night, giving the Tigers a 6-2 victory over the Sarasota Reds in front of 413 spectators at Ed Smith Stadium.
Lakeland (4-5) had two-run triples by Nick McIntyre and Jacklin Melian during the offensive outburst.
Jason LaRue, the Cincinnati Reds starting catcher who is rehabilitating his right knee after arthroscopic surgery March 27, caught all nine innings Friday and was credited with an infield single in four at-bats.
Sarasota (3-6) took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning when Jay Garthwaite led off by slamming his team-high third home run over the right-center field.
The Reds had a rally going in the ninth when LaRue singled and eventually scored on Cody Strait's single to right-center before Lakeland manager Mike Rojas summoned closer Kevin Whelan, who picked up his fourth save by striking out the final two batters.
Reds notes: Twelve-year major-league outfielder Quinton McCracken, who hit .500 (8-for-16) in four games while recuperating from a sprained right ankle, flew to St. Louis to rejoin the Cincinnati Reds for their three-game series against the Cardinals. ... Sarasota will embark on an eight-game, nine-day road trip today. The Reds will return to The Ed April 24 against the Tampa Yankees.