Ian Clarkin got the start after the Tampa Yankees went 16 innings into the night, a 5-4 loss. The Yankees were still looking for their first win of the season to avoid a four-game sweep to open the year, to the Lakeland Flying Tigers. For a team that hasn’t had the best offense to open the 2017 campaign, playing from behind can be a killer, but that’s exactly what the Yankees had to do again on Sunday.
Clarkin would have a deep-fly go to the warning track in the first for an out, but the next at-bat he’d give up a solo shot to Jose Azocar. Though he’d then give up a triple, Clarkin managed to get out of the inning with 18 pitches and just one run. He went on to get in a couple of jams, but he’d hold the Tigers to just one run long enough for the Yankees to tie the game. With two outs, Austin Aune lined a double to right-center field, Jorge Mateo followed with a drive up the middle to bring him in and tie the game at 1-1. It was Mateo’s first RBI of the season. The Yankees then got their second home-run of the season from Matt Snyder, a two-run home run scoring Tito Polo.
Clarkin had a rough start to the game, but really calmed down as the game went on. His fastball sat in the lower 90’s, but he got the command he was missing earlier in the game. He finished with five innings pitched, three hits, one earned, and four strikeouts.
Jose Pena entered the game holding a two-run cushion, he struck his first batter out, but he’d give up a solo home-run next at-bat to make it a 3-2 lead. However, Matt Snyder would extend the lead with a two-out three-run double, clearing the bases and giving the Yankees a 6-2 lead. That would give Snyder five RBIs on the day, he’d finish 3-5 on the day. Jose Mesa and Andrew Schwaab finished the game on the mound for the Yankees. Mesa giving up the one hit, a home-run, and Schwaab pitching two no-hit innings.
The Yankees would win their first game of the season with solid hitting throughout the lineup. Jorge Mateo finished 4-5, Kyle Holder only had one hit, but it was a three run-home run to right field to make it 9-2, Tito Polo went 2-4, and Austin Aune went 2-3.