Chance Adams was on the mound for the Yankees as they took on the Clearwater Threshers on Friday the 13th. Adams gave the Yankees his best start of the season in his last start pitching six shut-out innings and striking out eight. Today he was looking to earn his 3rd win and move to 3-0 on the season against the only team with a better record than the Yankees in the Florida State League.
For the first four innings both pitchers held shut-outs and the teams only had three combined hits until the fifth. That’s where the Yankees finally broke through to put some numbers on the board. After Zack Zehner and Jake Skole both singled to start the inning, with two strikes and two outs, Jorge Mateo continued what he’s been doing all season. One strike away from the inning ending, Mateo slapped a shallow single in front of Cody Asche scoring two runs. After Mateo’s two-run single and an Abiatal Avelino walk, Billy Fleming followed Mateo giving the Yankees another run moving the score to 3-0. Jorge Mateo, Billy Fleming, and Miguel Andujar have combined for 67 RBIs and seem to have a part in the Yankees’ success in nearly every game. Though they are all in line for a promotion to Double-A the Tampa Yankees are enjoying their power while it’s still down here.
The Yankees added on two more runs in the sixth inning, but it’d already be enough behind a strong start from Chance Adams. With Jake Skole on at first, Santiago Nessy hit a double to the gap in left-center scoring Skole easily. After a pitching change Austin Aune hit a single to right deep enough to score Nessy and give the Yankees their five runs. As for Chance Adams he pitched a career-high 7 2/3 innings giving up four hits, an earned run, and tallying eight strikeouts. Along with Adams’ previous start, his ERA is dropping, now down to 3.78. Dominant starting pitching is what the Tampa Yankees have been missing for a lot of the season and it seems some of the guys are pulling it together. In the Yankees’ current four-game win streak, starting pitchers have given up no more than two runs, and for how powerful their lineup has been this season that’s more than enough.
With the 5-1 win the Yankees move within a game of the Threshers in the FSL North. Though it’s early in the season the Yankees have been dealing with injuries to their pitchers and outfield, but continue to show how deep the team can be. Tomorrow the Yankees look to continue their win streak with Josh Rogers on the mound. Something to look forward to in the next couple of games is Jorge Mateo getting some time at second. It has been quite the story that in time he’ll be moving to second with the organization hoping to find a way to make his journey to the Bronx go a little faster. There’s no set time on when Mateo will start playing at second, but he has been getting practice there.