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An Eight-Run Eighth Leads The Tampa Yankees To an 11-4 Win In Lakeland

After a walk-off win last night off the bat of Jake Skole, the Tampa Yankees were looking to take their second game of a four game series against the Lakeland Flying Tigers. Pitching was Vicente Campos looking for his fourth win of the season and a better start than his last. On May 5th he allowed six earned runs off of nine hits in five innings of work against the Clearwater Threshers.

Both teams were without a hit for the first three innings, that changed in the fourth where the Yankees struck first. Billy Fleming had his ninth double to kick off the attack, followed by Miguel Andujar reaching on a fielding error by the third baseman. To give the Yankees a quick three-run boost. Jake Skole, who won the game last night, sent a shot to center for his second home run of the season. Skole has five RBIs in his last three games and he’s been hitting nearly any pitcher the Flying Tigers have put in.

As for Vicente Campos, he’d have a solid outing for the Yankees. He pitched 5 1/3 innings giving up two runs (off a two-run home run by Christin Stewart) while striking out eight. It pushed his ERA down a bit to 4.85 on the season. Campos continues to be inconsistent this season, but you never know when a guy can find his stuff more often than not in the season. The Yankees held the lead for three innings before Wade Hinkle hit a bomb to left-center off of Matt Marsh who came in for relief. The home run was only Marsh’s third earned run of the season.

The Yankees came right back in the eighth to do all but win the game. Jorge Mateo started the eight-run bat-around off with a double. After Abiatal Avelino walked, Billy Fleming came through to break the tie with his tenth double on the season while also giving himself two more RBIs. With the score now at 5-3, Miguel Andujar pitched in a run with a triple of his own scoring Fleming. The next run would come from a Jake Skole single, who continued to be a nuisance for the Flying Tigers. With the bases loaded after a Vicente Conde walk, Francisco Diaz singled driving in Zack Zehner and Jake Skole making it a 9-3 game. Finally the Yankees ended the inning with eight runs by a double off the bat of Austin Aune. The Yankees would bat around in the eighth inning and the offensive explosion would be more than enough to win the game and move to 19-13 on the season.

Caleb Frare and Philip Walby pitched the final two innings for the Yankees. Frare added three strikeouts to his total giving him 19 in 13 2/3 innings. The Flying Tigers scored on a wild pitch to give them four runs, but the Yankees ‘held’ on for an 11-4 win. Tomorrow the Yankees will try to win three of four against the Flying Tigers with Ian Clarkin on the mound.

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