The Tampa Yankees (24-21) took to George M. Steinbrenner Field early on Wednesday morning to take on the Jupiter Hammerheads (21-25) but after a rally in the eighth, the Yanks defeated the Hammerheads 4-1.
Miguel Sulbaran (ERA 4.22) took the start for the T-Yanks versus Jupiter’s Austin Brice (ERA 4.30). The Hammerheads did tack on a run in the top of the 1st for an early lead but, the scoreboard stayed blank on both sides for a while. Sulbaran pitched 7 innings allowing 5 hits and just 1 run; striking out 5. RHP Nick Rumbelow (ERA 1.80) then took the mound for Yanks pitching a hit less eight inning.
In the bottom of the eighth Cito Culver started things off with a single on a line drive to center. A sac bunt by Jose Toussen then advanced Culver to 2nd putting him in the right spot to steal third when Greg Bird was at bat. A walk by Bird then put runners on the corners with Dante Bichette up at the plate. A RBI single by Bichette sent Culver home and tied the game at 1. After a pitching change by Jupiter replacing Blake Logan with Colby Suggs, Matt Snyder hit a three run homer to give Tampa the 4-1 lead.
In the ninth it would just take LHP James Pazos (ERA 3.48) to close out the inning and earn the save his third of the season. This win improves Rumbelow to (3-0) on the season.
The Tampa Yankees will take on the Hammerheads in the third game of this series on Thursday night at 7:00pm with LHP Conner Kendrick (ERA 3.68, 1-1) taking the mound for the Yanks.
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