The Tampa Yankees traveled to Florida Auto Exchange Stadium on Monday night for the beginning of the series against the Dunedin Blue Jays. LHP Chaz Hebert (ERA 5.93) took the start for the Yanks versus RHP Luis Santos (ERA 5.11) for the Jays. Although the Yanks had an early lead, the Jays were able to get an late rally and take a 7-3 win.
The T-Yanks took an early lead with a two run homer by Tyler Wade on a fly ball to right.
In the top of the fourth, Michael O’Neill walked and then Danny Oh singled on a ground ball to right. Both runners would then advance off a fielding error by Dunedin’s right fielder Derrick Loveless. Ty McFarland then was able to reach on a fielder’s choice that would also lead to O’Neill scoring and giving Tampa a 3-0 lead.
Hebert went five and two thirds innings allowing four hits and three runs; striking out four batters. The three runs scored came in the bottom of the sixth, tying the game at three runs a piece.
Hebert was then relieved by Evan Rutckyj (ERA 2.38) then finished out the sixth inning and then the entire seventh inning. Rutckyj allowed just one hit and one walk; striking out two in his scoreless outing.
In the bottom of the eighth RHP Chad Taylor (ERA 4.61) took over pitching duties and allowed four hits and four runs by the Jays in just one third of an inning. Taylor was then relieved by Jonny Drozd who closed out the eighth but the Yanks were unable to get anymore runs on the board.
Taylor was charged with his second loss of the season (0-2).
The Tampa Yankees will take on the Dunedin Blue Jays one Tuesday afternoon at 11:00am.