The Tampa Yankees returned to their winning ways behind top prospect James Kaprielian who was making his 2016 regular season debut against the Bradenton Marauders. Kaprielian who was drafted last year with the 16th overall pick by the Yankees in the first round earned the victory, throwing 60 pitches over 5 innings and striking out 9 of the 18 batters he faced.
James allowed 1 run on 3 hits over his 5 innings work and did not allow any batter to reach base via the base on balls. He only threw 11 pitches that were called balls, 49 of the 60 were strikes.
Tampa jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Austin Aune walked with 1-out before third baseman Miguel Andujar sent the first pitch he saw over the left-centerfield fence for his second homerun of the season.
After Kaprielian allowed 1 run to score in the top of the fourth inning the Yankees would come back with 2 more runs of their own in the bottom half. Zack Zehner doubled on a fly ball to center, moved to third on a line drive single to left by Mike O’Neil and then would score when Abiatal Avelino grounded into a force out at second. With a runner at first, Austin Aune would then line a single to right field to bring Avelino to third putting him in position to score on a wild pitch and give the Tampa Yankees a 4-1 lead.
In the sixth inning left-handed pitcher Dan Camarena took over on the mound, allowing 1 run on 1 hit and 1 walk over 3 innings of work and he struck out 3 of the 11 batters he faced.
Tampa tacked on an additional insurance run in the bottom of the eighth inning when Mike O’Neill singled on a ground ball to right, stole second, moved to third on a force out and then scored on a wild pitch.
Bradenton would go down in the ninth inning when Jacob Lindgren came into the game to close it out. Lindgren struck out 3 of the 4 batters he faced, allowing a walk and threw 13 of 22 pitches for strikes.