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Tampa Continue Winning Ways Against Lakeland

For the second game in a row the Tampa Yankees came out victorious over the Lakeland Flying Tigers to open up the 2016 Florida State League season with a 2-game winning streak.  For the second straight game the T-Yanks had a hit total in the double digits.

Mike Ford led the Yankees with 3 hits and 3 RBIs in the game while Mark Payton and Santiago Nessy had 2 hits apiece.  Miguel Andujar, Michael O’Neill and Austin Aune also had hits.

Lakeland jumped out to an early 1-0 lead over Tampa in the first inning off of starter Ian Clarkin but were unable to muster up any other offense off the former first round pick.  Clarkin who was making his regular season return after sitting out a year due to injury pitched 5 innings, allowing 1 run on 3 hits and a walk while striking out 2 batters and throwing 52 pitches out of 80 for strikes.

The Yankees tied the game at 1 run each in the bottom of the fourth inning.  Miguel Andujar doubled on a fly ball to right field before coming home to score on a single to center by Mike Ford.  They would take the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning when Mark Payton singled, moved to second when Miguel Andujar was hit by a pitch and scored on an RBI single by Mike Ford.

In the bottom of the eighth inning Tampa padded their lead with 5 more runs.  Mark Payton singled, scored on a double to right by Mike Ford.  Abiatal Acelino walked before Santiago Nessy lined a single to left to bring home Ford and move Avelino to second.  A wild pitch moved both runners up 90-feet before Austin Aune sent a fly ball over the right-center field fence for a 3-run homerun.

Dan Camarena earned the win, throwing 3 shutout inning allowing just 1 hit while striking out 1 batter before Caleb Frare came in throwing a 1-2-3 ninth inning to complete the game.  These two teams meet up again in Lakeland Saturday night with Chance Adams scheduled to make the start.

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