The Tampa Yankees were back at George M. Steinbrenner Field to take on the Lakeland Flying Tigers on Thursday evening. LHP Dan Camarena (ERA 2.72) took the start for the Yanks. But it was the late ninth inning rally that helped Tampa secure the 3-2 victory.
In the bottom of the second, the T-Yanks got on the board first with a homerun by Yeicok Calderon; his first of the season.
Camarena allowed two runs by the Tigers in the fourth inning, the first a solo homerun by Curt Powell and then a RBI triple by Connor Harrell. Camarena pitched six innings allowing 5 hits and 2 runs; striking out an impressive 10 batters.
RHP Jaron Long (ERA 3.46) took over pitching duties in the seventh, working three innings of no hit baseball; striking out 4 batters.
It was then the bottom of the ninth that the T-Yanks’ rally went into place. Greg Bird hit his thirteenth double of the season on a fly ball to center sending Jake Cave home to tie the game. With Bird on base, Dante Bichette Jr. then hit a RBI single sending Bird home to score the game winning run. Long earns the win (1-2) but, Camarena definitely deserves an honorable mention for his great pitching performance on the mound.
2013 First Round Draft Pick Outfielder Aaron Judge who was promoted on Thursday made his first appearance in the first game versus the Lakeland Flying Tigers. Judge went 2 for 4 in his first Tampa performance, not a made start.