Wagner Homers, Loaisiga Impressive in Tarpons Home Opener

    On Saturday the Tarpons took on the Lakeland Flying Tigers in their home opener at George M. Steinbrenner Field. The pitching matchup saw number 29th overall prospect according to pinstriped prospects right-handed pitcher Jonathan Loaisiga against left-handed pitcher Austin Sodders for the Flying Tigers.


    Diego Castillo celebrates with his teammates in the dugout (Mark LoMoglio/Tampa Tarpons)

    The game had a delayed one hour and fifteen minutes due to rain. Both pitchers cruised through the first three frames before Diego Castillo broke through with a single in the fourth. It didn’t take long before Castillo was driven in by an Isiah Gilliam double over the head of the left fielder. The Tarpons would go down in order in the fifth before tacking on a run in the sixth by way of a solo homer off the bat of first baseman Brandon Wagner. The solo shot was Wagner’s second home run of the season in as many nights.


    Donny Sands celebrates with Brandon Wagner after Wagner hits his second home run. (Mark LoMoglio/Tampa Tarpons)

    On the mound Loaisiga was never threatened by the Flying Tigers offense his final line was five innings four hits no runs no walks and five strikeouts. Loaisiga’s fastball sat at 96 for the entire outing touching 98 four times. Loaisiga got his work done efficiently only needing 64 pitches to get through five innings of work. Left Handed pitcher Justin Kamplain came on in relief and kept the Flying Tigers in check allowing one hit and recording two strikeouts in two innings. Left-handed pitcher Trevor Lane finished off the game with an inning and a third of work allowing three hits and striking out. Right-handed pitcher David Sosebee came on in the ninth after a twenty-minute delay due to light difficulties to close out the game

    Shortstop Diego Castillo and birthday boy Hoy Jun Park both chipped in with multi-hit games. The Tarpons look to complete the home sweep Sunday afternoon at George M. Steinbrenner Field.