The Tampa Yankees lost consecutive games for the first time this season coming into the game against the Charlotte Stone Crabs. In every loss to this point they have only scored one run or less and that continued in the third game of the series.
Vicente Campos made his third start of the season and pitched over six innings only giving up one run for Tampa. His trouble would come in the seventh where the Stone Crabs put two more runs on his line. A double, single, and sac-bunt (with an error by Campos himself on the play) would force a call to the bullpen. Campos would end with 6.1 IP, five hits, three earned runs, and four strikeouts. Campos did receive the loss, but the story today was the Yankees’ hitting being nearly non-existent again.
Six runners were left in scoring position today and the Yankees’ one run wouldn’t come without some help. Abiatal Avelino doubled to left-center field, but there would be two errors on the play by the Stone Crabs’ Cade Gotta. He’d have an error on the catch and throw and Avelino would have an inside-the-park home run in the seventh. That’d be to tie the game, but it’d only last for so long as the bottom of the seventh is where Campos let the the two runs get by.
The Yankees’ and their lacking offense wouldn’t be the only headline from today’s game though. Mike Ford left the game today in the seventh inning with an injured wrist. There has not yet been an update on the severity of his injury and more information will come later. It’s believed the injury took place when Ford dove back into second on a pick-off move. However, he did stay in for two innings after the play and then was replaced after his next at-bat. As the Yankees have been struggling with hitting ever since they got to Charlotte, Ford being injury is certainly something they don’t need.
Tomorrow the Yankees are in Charlotte to try and salvage one game against the Stone Crabs. Ian Clarkin will be starting for Tampa and will also be looking for his first win on the season. In 10.1 IP he’s given up four earned runs and has struck out six.