Chance Adams was on the mound Saturday for the Tampa Yankees making his sixth start of the season. The Yankees fell their previous two games to the Clearwater Threshers which had them three games behind in the FSL North. Adams went into today’s game still on the hunt for his second win of the season. The Yankees were trying to avoid dropping three games in a row.
Top Prospect Jorge Mateo gave the Yankees an early lead right in the first inning. The speedy shortstop hit a line-drive down the left-field line in which he was thinking at least a triple right from the start. He’d get even more than that though giving the Yankees a run with an inside-the-park homer. The home run was Mateo’s fourth of the season , and the Yankees would carry the lead for the next couple of innings behind a solid start from Chance Adams.
The Yankees started adding on to their lead to try and give Chance Adams some more run support. In the third inning Austin Aune drove in Vicente Conde with a sac-fly to center field, it’d be his 12th RBI of the season. Jorge Mateo continued to give Adams extended run support in the fifth inning. With Conde on base, Mateo sent another shot to left which would score Conde and land himself a triple. Mateo’s fifth triple of the season gave the Yankees a 3-0 lead. Next, with Austin Aune at bat, a wild pitch would let Mateo score easily giving the Yankees a 4-0 lead and more than enough support for Chance Adams to go on and earn a win in what was his best start this season.
Chance Adams pitched six full innings, striking out 8 while only giving up 3 hits. The six innings pitched is Adams’ best, as is the 8 strikeouts which is a season-high. The dominant start from Adams is something the Yankees needed badly. While they do put up a lot of runs, it’s hard for them to win games they should with starting pitching giving up more runs than the offense can support.
The bullpen would come in to finish the job for Adams. Philip Walby, Caleb Frare, and James Reeves all continued the collective shut-out to hold on to a 4-0 Yankees win. The Yankees moved back to two games behind the Threshers in the FSL North. The Yankees are off for Mother’s Day tomorrow, but Monday Josh Rogers takes the mound as the Yankees start a four-game series against the Lakeland Flying Tigers.