After the game Tuesday was rained out, the Tampa Yankees were scheduled for a doubleheader Wednesday. Ian Clarkin was still set to make his start despite his Tuesday being washed away. Clarkin was coming off of a seven-inning shut-out with 10 Ks and looking for his fourth win on Wednesday. Jorge Mateo was also making just his second start at second base as he’s in the transition process of changing positions in order to find himself in Trenton quicker.
Clarkin was solid on the mound in the first game of two Wednesday night. The Hammerheads only put one run on him in another seven inning performance. However, because of the doubleheader the game was only seven innings and the Yankees wouldn’t give him any run support. The Yankees only had two hits in the seven-inning match-up and didn’t have any until the sixth inning.
Though Clarkin gave the Yankees another seven innings of pitching good enough for a win, the Yankees fell 0-1. The only run came off of an RBI single by John Norwood, driving in Taylor Ard after his triple to start the inning. Unfortunately for Clarkin the game was only seven inning, but it would’ve been interesting to see the Yankees lineup have a chance at coming back in the last two innings. They found their swing in the second game luckily to split the doubleheader. Clarkin gave up six hits in seven innings and struck out three.
On the mound pitching for the Yankees in Game 2 was James Reeves making his first ever career start. Reeves was as dominant as a pitcher could be in his four innings of work. He didn’t give up a hit or walk and struck out seven. His fastball had movement that no one in the Hammerheads’ lineup could pick up and of his 51 pitches, 37 were strikes. Along with shutdown pitching from Reeves, the Yankees defense was there when needed as they collectively held a perfect game through 6 1/3 innings.
The Yankees offense did their part and of course Jorge Mateo and Billy Fleming were behind it. In the third inning top-prospect Jorge Mateo hit an opposite-field home run to the Walgreens’ deck in right. Mateo’s home run was his fifth of the season. With Michael O’Neill on after a walk the home run put the Yankees ahead 2-0. Following Mateo’s homer Abiatal Avelino hit a single to put himself on first. Billy Fleming’s 11th double of the season would score the speedy Avelino from first, putting the Yankees up 3-0 in the bottom of the third.
After James Reeves’ four innings, Travis Hissong came on to finish the game and he too would hold the game perfect for 2 1/3 innings. The one hit the Hammerheads got was off the bat of Justin Bohn and it also ended the collective shut-out. Bohn hit a home run to left field, and though Zack Zehner got a glove on the ball, it was a couple inches out of his reach. The one run would be the Hammerheads’ only as the Yankees took the second game 3-1. Reeves earned the win and Hissong earned the save. After the day the Yankees record stood at 24-16.
Tomorrow the Yankees play the last game of four against the Jupiter Hammerheads. Chance Adams will make his start as he has had two dominant starts in his last two outings. This is also the last home game before the Yankees go on the road for 12 consecutive games against Fort Myers, Daytona, Brevard County, and Clearwater.