The Tampa Yankees and Clearwater Threshers met for an early game on Wednesday afternoon at Bright House Field and with the performance of starter RHP Luis Severino (ERA 2.53) the Yanks were able to secure the 9-3 victory.
Severino, who was just selected to play for the Dominican Republic in the 2014 All-Star Future’s Game, pitched six innings of no hit baseball; allowing just one walk and striking out six batters.
Due to Severino’s dominating performance, the T-Yanks were able to take on an early 8-0 lead over the Threshers.
In the top of the third, Tampa was able to score five runs which started with a double by Claudio Custodio. Then, later with bases loaded and one out, Dante BIchette reached on a Threshers fielding error allowing Custodio to score, loading the bases again. Matt Snyder who has had a hot bat lately, hit a two run double. Newcomer Aaron Judge then walked giving the Yanks yet another opportunity with bases loaded. Yeicok Calderon helped out with a single on a line drive to right with Bichette reaching home and wouldn’t you know it, bases were once again loaded which led to a pitching change by Clearwater. After the change Wes Wilson was hit by a pitch and Snyder tacked on run number five.
In the top of the sixth, a triple by Aaron Judge followed by a double by Yeicok Calderon sent home three more runs for the T-Yanks.
RHP Stefan Lopez (ERA 8.68) pitched the seventh and got into a bit of trouble while allowing two hits and three runs putting the score at 9-3. LHP Ramon Benjamin (ERA 2.70) was able to finish out the eighth and ninth innings of no hit ball, walking just two batters.
Severino earned the win and improves to (1-1) since joining the Tampa Yankees.
The Tampa Yankees will take on the Clearwtaer Threshers in the final game of the series on Thursday night at 7:00pm with LHP Conner Kendrick (ERA 4.34, 3-4) taking the start for Tampa.