Friday night’s matchup between the Tampa Yankees and Brevard County Manatees was postponed due to inclement weather and was rescheduled and turned into the a double header that began early Friday evening at George M. Steinbrenner Field.
In the first seven inning game, Gabriel Encinas took the start for the Tampa Yankees as Brevard County took the 6-4 win in the first game. The Manatees took an early lead, but in the bottom of the third, back to back singles by Mike Ford and Ericson Leonora sent three runs home for a T-Yanks lead. In the top of the fourth however, a fielding error by Tampa’s Ty McFarland would allow two more runs to score.
Encinas (ERA 3.66) pitched just 3 2/3 innings allowing five hits and three runs; striking out six batters. Chad Taylor (ERA 2.03) then finished out the fourth inning and then the fifth, allowing two hits and one run.
Evan Rutckyj (ERA 2.53) then closed out the game pitching the sixth and seventh innings, allowing two hits and two more runs, striking out two batters.
In the bottom of the seventh the T-Yanks were able to tack on one more run with a RBI single by Mark Payton to send Abiatal Avelino home to score.
Encinas was charged with his first loss of the season with Tampa.
In the second game of the season, LHP Conner Kendrick (ERA 5.67) took the start for the Tampa Yankees versus the Brevard County Manatees’ Clint Terry. The T-Yanks were able to split the double header in walk-off fashion with a 2-1 victory.
In the top of the second, the Manatees took a 1-0 lead with a sac fly by Angel Ortega to send Garrett Cooper home to score. The T-Yanks tied it up with a RBI single by Derek Toadvine to send Abiatal Avelino home to tie the game.
Kendrick pitched five innings allowing four hits and one run; striking out six batters. RHP Andury Acevedo (ERA 0.87) then took over pitching duties in the sixth and seventh innings allowing just one hit while striking out three.
With the ballgame tied at three runs a piece after the necessary seven innings, the game was headed to the eighth or technically speaking….”Extra Innings”.
In the bottom of the ninth with the game still tied at one run a piece, Mike Ford would walk to start the inning and then be replaced by pinch-runner Tyler Wade. Michael O’Neill was then hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second.A single by Mark Payton on a bunt then loaded the bases with no outs. But, it was Leonora’s fly out to center that sent Wade home and give the T-Yanks the walk-off win.
The Tampa Yankees and Brevard County Manatees will meet again at George M. Steinbrenner Field on Sunday afternoon at 1:00pm with RHP Rookie Davis (ERA 4.01, 2-3) taking the start for the Yanks.