New York Yankees’ catcher Francisco Cervelli continued his rehabilitation stint with the Tampa Yankees on Friday night as they were able to outscore the Charlotte Stone Crabs 4-1. RHP Rafael De Paula (ERA 3.96) took the start for the Yanks pitching 5 innings and allowing the first run of the game and the only run scored by Charlotte as they took an early 1-0 lead in the first.
Tampa tied the game at 1 in the bottom of the 3rd when Claudio Custodio scored after Jake Cave grounded out. The T-Yanks took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the 5th as Jose Toussen scored due to a wild pitch by Charlotte’s Austin Pruitt. But, Tampa wasn’t done just yet as RHP Nick Goody (ERA 2.70) entered the game in the sixth pitching two innings of no hit ball and striking out 4 of the 7 batters he faced.
Tampa increased their lead with a RBI single in the bottom of the sixth by Yeicok Calderon and then a RBI double by by Greg Bird to send Trent Garrison home and put the Yanks up 4-1.
Cervelli was 0 for 3 in this start as he was the designated hitter of the game.
De Paula improves to (2-3) on the season and Goody earned the hold.
The Tampa Yankees will take on the Stone Crabs in the next game of the series on Saturday evening at 6:00pm as RHP Jaron Long makes his first appearance with the T-Yanks after being promoted from Class A Charleston this week.