Thursday morning the Tampa Yankees went into the third game in their six-game set against the Clearwater Threshers. After the game on Wednesday was postponed, Vicente Campos was set to start for the Yankees trying to earn his fourth win of the season. Campos would start the first four innings putting himself well in position to earn a win, but some trouble would make him rely on his offense.
Through four innings Campos gave up two runs and struck out three. It’d be the fifth inning where a deficit the Yankees couldn’t make up was built. In the fifth inning, the Threshers started the inning with a home run and two singles. After Two consecutive sac-flys, the Threshers then sent a double and triple to center field giving themselves a 6-0 lead for a four run inning. However, the Yankees would start to chip at the Threshers lead in the bottom of the fifth. With Jake Skole on third, Jorge Mateo gave the Yankees their first run by hitting a triple. Billy Fleming sent Mateo home with a single and it’d cut the Threshers’ lead down to four.
After Jordan Foley pitched two innings giving up no runs it gave the Yankees a chance to get back in the game. In the seventh Billy Fleming continued to give the Yankees hope in what would be a solid day for him. He hit a two-run double to left, cutting the lead down to just two. Philip Walby came in to pitch the eighth and gave up a run on a line-drive force-out, but the lead would already be enough for the Threshers to take home the win and take a two-game lead in the FSL North. The Yankees last run was another RBI-double from Billy Fleming giving him four on the day.
Despite the four RBI-day from Billy Fleming and the four-hit day from Jorge Mateo, the Yankees would go on to fall 7-5. Fleming and Mateo continue to lead the way with 36 combined RBIs having the Yankees record at 16-11. The issue this season has not been scoring runs at all, but pitching giving too many up. Since Saturday which was the last time the Yankees gave up only two runs or less, they’ve gone 1-3 giving up 22 runs in four games. James Kaprielian is only one man, but the team could certainly use his pitching right now to give them a stress-free day. Ian Clarkin will look to give the Yankees just that as he is on the mound tomorrow in Tampa trying to earn his third win.