After losing four of their last five games, the Tampa Yankees were able to break teh streak and defeat the Lakeland Flying Tigers 4-2 on Wednesday night at George M. Steinbrenner Field.
LHP Eric Wooten (ERA 2.89, 2-2) took the mound against Lakeland’s Kevin Eichhorn (ERA 1.78), both had solid 7 inning outings on the hill with Wooten allowing 6 hits and 2 runs, striking out 6.
RHP Alex Smith (ERA 1.62) took the mound in the eight inning as the Yanks trailed 1-0. Trent Garrison started the inning for Tampa as he was able to reach first inning off a Tigers throwing error. Greg Bird, who made his first appearance with the T-Yanks tonight hits his first RBI single to put Tampa on the board. With the tying run now on base, Pete O’Brien hit a two run homer on a line drive to center putting Tampa up 3-2. But, Tampa wasn’t done just yet as Eric Jagielo then stepped up to bat to and hit his seventh homerun of the season. The Yanks then took a 4-2 lead and never looked back.
Smith allowed just 1 hit in two innings and earned his first win of the season (1-1).
Other notable performances of the night were Jake Cave, Dante Bichetter Jr. who each had a hit and continue to bat over .300, as well as Angelo Gumbs who also had a hit.
The Tampa Yankees will take on the Tigers at Joker Merchant Stadium on Thursday morning at 10:30am with LHP Dan Camarena (ERA 3.34, 1-3) taking the start for the Yanks.