The Tampa Yankees were held to just one hit in the first game of their double header versus the Fort Myers Miracle. Starter Rafael De Paula (ERA 4.18) worked the first five innings on the mound allowing 7 hits and 3 runs; striking out 6 batters. Matt Snyder had just Tampa’s lone hit as the Yanks were just unable to get anything working offensively in the 3-0 loss in Game 1.
The second game of the double header got off to another rough start as LHP James Pazos (ERA 3.96) allowed 4 runs by the Miracle in the first inning. After 1/3 of the inning he was relieved by LHP Miguel Sulbaran (ERA 5.02) who would take over for the next 3 1/3 innings.
Down 6-0, the T-Yanks were finally able to get on the board in the top of the fifth. With Dante Bichette Jr. and Jose Toussen on base, Wes Wilson hit a 2 run single on a ground ball to center.
In the top of the sixth the Yanks were able to tack two more on the board by starting the inning with back to back doubles by Jake Cave and Cito Culver.
But, it just wasn’t enough as the T-Yanks fell 8-4 in the second game and lose the double header.
The third game of the series will be on Monday evening at 7:05pm at Hammond Stadium.