The Tampa Yankees had an early game Thursday morning at Joker Merchant Stadium as they took on the Lakeland Flying Tigers but, errors in the eight inning led to the Yanks 3-1 loss.
The Yanks lone run came in the top of the fifth with an RBI double by Angelo Gumbs to send Zach Wilson home.
LHP Dan Camarena (ERA 3.15) took the mound for the T-Yanks, he pitched 4 2/3 innings allowing 6 hits and the tying run by the Tigers. LHP Dietrich Enns (ERA 0.98) then took over pitching duties for Tampa and pitched a solid 2 innings allowing just 2 hits.
With the game still tied at 1 in the bottom of the eighth, the Tigers were able to take advantage of two errors. The first came off a fielding error by first baseman Greg Bird allowing Lakeland’s Connor Harrell to reach first. Harrell later scored when Curt Powell was able to reach on a fielding error by right fielder Zach Wilson. The Tigers winning run came off a sacrifice fly from Tyler Hanover.
RHP Phil Wetherell (ERA 0.98) was charged with the loss (1-3) after coming into the game in the middle of the seventh inning. Though no hits were allowed, two runs were scored during Wetherell’s outing, they were both unearned due to errors.
The Tampa Yankees will take on the Lakeland Flying Tigers back at home on Friday evening at 7:00pm with RHP Rafael De Paula (ERA 3.62, 1-1) taking the start for Tampa versus Lakeland’s RHP Yorfrank Lopez (ERA 6.83, 1-2).
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