As the State of Florida continues to recover from the ongoing rainy days we have experience these last few days, the Tampa Yankees were finally able to play ball on Saturday at Space Coast Stadium as they took on the Brevard County Manatees in two games.
The first game was the completion of Thursday night’s game; the Yanks were trailing 4-0 at the time the game was suspended and would end up losing 7-4 in this first 7 inning matchup. Pete O’Brien put Tampa on the board in the top of the fifth with a solo homerun on a fly ball to left, his ninth of the season. As the Yanks continued to trail 4-1 Dante Bichette Jr. hit his second homer of the season and Eric Jagielo would later hit his 5th homerun of the season in the 9th. Eric Wooten who was the initial starter on Thursday night for Tampa was charged with the loss (2-2).
Thirty minutes after the completion of game 1, the Tampa Yankees headed back out to try and redeem themselves. LHP Dan Camarena (ERA 3.34) took the start for the T-Yanks as they would end up splitting the Saturday double header with a 6-2 victory. Camarena spent 5 innings on the hill as he allowed 7 hits and 2 runs; striking out 4.
After trailing 2-0, the Yanks tied the game at the top of the fourth which started with Bichette’s second homer of the night; a solo shot on a fly ball to center. O’Brien then followed up with a double of his own and the game was now tied.
RHP Zach Woods (ERA 2.03) took over pitching duties for Tampa in the sixth and allowed just 1 hit; striking out three.
The Yanks were able to secure the win as Jagielo hit his second homerun of the night; a two run shot on a fly ball to right. Jagielo and Bichette have both been splitting first and third base duties and while Tampa still finds their groove as infield positions are concerned, it’s clear that the bats aren’t suffering.
With this win, Woods earns his first win of the season (1-1) and the Tampa Yankees will now travel to Florida Auto Exchange Stadium for a three game series versus the Dunedin Blue Jays that will start on Sunday at 5:00pm.