TAMPA – The Tampa Yankees (22-23) lost for the fifth consecutive game as the Palm Beach Cardinals (22-23) held Tampa to one hit in a 4-1 final on Wednesday afternoon at George M. Steinbrenner Field.
RHP Jonathan Holder allowed one run on five hits over six quality innings for the T-Yanks. Holder walked a pair and tied a season high with seven strikeouts in a no-decision.
The Yankees took a lead in the third against RHP Trey Nielsen. Angelo Gumbs blooped a single into left field with one out, which proved to be the only Tampa hit of the day. Gumbs later scored as Miguel Andujar reached on an RBI fielder’s choice.
Holder surrendered the tying run in the fifth. Juan Herrera reached on an infield single and stole second. A single by Robelys Reyes moved Herrera to third before CJ McElroy Jr. tied the game with a sacrifice fly.
LHP Evan Rutckyj (2-1) dealt a 1-2-3 seventh before finding trouble in the eighth. Mason Katz hit a leadoff single and advanced one out later as Rutckyj hit Luke Voit. RHP Cale Coshow took over and walked Collin Radack, loading the bases. A wild pitch by Coshow allowed Katz to score. Voit and Radack later scored on a two-out single by Jmmy Bosco.
Palm Beach pitching retired the final 19 Tampa batters in a row. Following Andujar’s at-bat in the third, Nielsen retired the final 13 batters he faced. Nielsen allowed an unearned run on one hit in seven innings, walking one while tallying a season-high six strikeouts. RHP Chris Perry continued the stretch by pitching two perfect relief innings, earning his fifth save of the season.
The series continues on Thursday with a double-header beginning at 5:00 p.m. RHP Gabriel Encinas (0-1, 3.42 ERA) and RHP Luke Weaver (0-0, 1.80 ERA) are scheduled to square off in game one. LHP Connor Kendrick (2-2, 5.45 ERA) and RHP Will Anderson (1-2, 4.56) are set to match up in the later game.
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