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Flying Tigers Score Three Early Runs To Defeat Threshers

Threshers fall to a record of 1-3 in the early stages of the second half of the Florida State League.

The Clearwater Threshers fell behind early and were unable to come back losing 5-2 to the Lakeland Flying Tigers Sunday.

Since the All Star break the Threshers starters have given up early runs in five of the seven games. 

On Sunday afternoon Jarred Cosart allowed the Flying Tigers to bat around in the second inning scoring three times. As has been too often the case in recent games, walks, hit batsmen and errors have led to multiple run innings. All three occurred in the third along with three hits. Cosart fell to 6-5 on the season.

Besides the three hits in the second, Cosart would allow only one other hit in six complete innings. The 21 year old right-hander is rated as the second top pitching prospect in the Phillies organization behind teammate Brody Colvin by Baseball America.

Darren Ruff's second double of the game would score both Threshers runs.

On deck: The Threshers (1-3) and Tigers ( 1-1) hook up again Monday (June 27) for a 7 p.m. game before a morning clash on Tuesday (10:30). Clearwater returns home Wednesday (June 29) hosting the Brevard County Manatees

Notes: The Threshers saw another one of their all purpose pitchers leave for Reading AA. Veteran Joseph Esposito made his AA debut with an outstanding five inning shut out performance Saturday. Esposito spent most of his Minor League career in the Orioles system before requesting a release and eventually signing on with the Phillies.

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