Chance Adams was on the mound Thursday night for the Tampa Yankees as they took on the Bradenton Marauders in the final game of their four-game set. Tampa was coming off of just their second loss this season Wednesday night after their powerful lineup went quiet. Adams, the Yankees’ 2015 fifth-round draft pick was seeking his first win this season after pitching just 3.1 innings in his first appearance against Lakeland. He gave up five earned runs on six hits and two being homers.
Though the bats were quiet Wednesday, Tampa got off to an early lead tonight. Miguel Andujar and Mike Ford have been leading the Yankees’ to their early success combining for 20 RBIs. That’d be before the first inning where the two tacked on to that total. After Jorge Mateo walked, Miguel Andujar would give himself nine RBIs on the young season with a double to deep left-field. With Andujar at third after a passed ball, Mike Ford gave himself a MiLB-leading 13 RBIs scoring Andujar easily with a single. The Yankees would take a 2-0 lead heading into the second inning.
The Tampa Yankees would give Chance Adams even more run support in the second. With Zack Zehner and Michael O’Neill on the corners from a walk and fielding error, Jorge Mateo sent a double to right-center scoring both Zehner and O’Neill. After two innings the Yankees built a 4-0 lead which Chance Adams would keep safe. Through five innings Adams would only give up two hits and strike six out. The six strikeouts would be a career high and he’d give the Yankees five shutout innings. That’d be the final line and it’d give Chance the ‘chance’ for his first win of the season.
It seems like Mike Ford’s name is brought up almost every time the Yankees have scored this year. In the fifth he’d tally his 14th RBI on the season sending home Jorge Mateo from second with a single to center-field. It’d be all but over from the sixth inning on. The Tampa Yankees’ bullpen has only given up three earned runs in 30+ innings of work this season. Matt Marsh would be the first man in from the bullpen and he’d send the Marauders down 1-2-3. Next up would be Jacob Lindgren who did seem to struggle with his control to some extent. Lindgren started the inning off with a walk and after a wild pitch, tag on a deep fly, and another wild pitch the Marauders would score their first run of the game. Heading into the bottom of the seventh the Yankees would still have a comfortable 5-1 lead.
Lindgren would come out in the eighth as he’d continue to struggle with his control. He’d walk two in the inning and four total without giving up an actual hit. Dillon McNamara came on to replace Lindgren and would get out of the inning holding the Marauders to one run. The Marauders cut the Yankees’ lead to three and would have one more go in the ninth. McNamara would give up one more run in the last inning with two out, but that’s all the Marauders would be able to get. Dillon McNamara pitched two innings and gave up one earned run while also earning the save.
The Yankees would win 5-3 and move to 6-2 on the season. Chance Adams picked up his first win of the season putting in five innings of shut-out work. Mike Ford went 2-3 with two RBIs, as did Jorge Mateo and Miguel Andujar would go 1-4 with an RBI.
Tomorrow the Yankees start their four-game series in Charlotte against the Stone Crabs. On the mound for the Yankees is Gabriel Encinas as he makes his second start of the season. In his first appearance he went five innings giving up no hits but walking five. Encinas will look for his first win of the season with some run support as well.