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Michael O'Neill had a three-hit evening Friday night. (Photo by Bryan Green)

Tampa Yankees Win Shootout To Start Series Against Dunedin Jays

Chance Adams was on the mound Tuesday night for the Tampa Yankees against the Dunedin Jays. It was his third start of the season. In his previous start he gave up two hits and no runs in five innings. The Yankees and Jays were tied for first in the FSL North before the game.

Christian Lopez would start by giving the Dunedin Jays an early lead, hitting a lead-off homer. That’d already be more runs than Adams gave up in his last start in which he dazzled Bradenton. The Jays would continue to hit Adams in the second as D.J. Davis drove in another run with a short blooper to left. After giving up two more singles to load the bases with no outs he’d get Christian Lopez to pop-out getting the first out of the inning, but still driving in another run for Dunedin making it 3-0. Adams would eventually recover and get out of the inning giving up just two runs and striking out the next two batters.

The Tampa Yankees wouldn’t let the Jays keep the lead for much longer though. In just the second inning Austin Aune would drive in Zack Zehner with a double to the corner in left. Following Aune’s RBI, Michael O’Neill would hit a two-run homer (first of the season) to give the Yankees a temporary lead. However, the Dunedin Jays would strike right back in the next inning and it’d be the telling tale for most of this game.

With Chance Adams still in the game, he’d give up another solo shot which would end his night immediately. Adams pitched just two innings and gave up four earned runs. He’d leave with the game tied up 4-4, replacing him was Joey Maher. However, the Jays attack wouldn’t stop with Adams. Maher entered the game and gave up a triple and single giving the Jays the lead in the top of the third inning.

The Yankees and Jays would keep going blow-for-blow in this game as neither team had dominant pitching in the earlier innings. In the bottom of the third inning the Yankees took the lead right back after Santiago Nessy hit a shot right up the middle to drive in Billy Fleming and Miguel Andujar. This moving the score to 6-5 in the bottom of the third. The Jays once again would come right back in the fourth to tie things up again. Emilio Guerrero would single off of Maher sending Jason Leblenihian home to tie the game up. The Yankees would find themselves behind again come the bottom of the fifth after Jonathan Davis send a bullet to left field giving the Jays the lead again. After five, the Yankees would be down 7-6, and Joey Maher would be replaced by Jordan Foley. Maher went three innings giving up three runs on five hits.

The bottom of the sixth is where the Yankees would threaten next. After walks by Santiago Nessy and Austin Aune, and a single by Michael O’Neill, the bases were loaded for Jake Skole with no one out. Skole sent a chopper to second driving in the tying run while also beating out the throw at first. Next up was Jorge Mateo who slapped an RBI single past the third baseman who was playing far up. That’d be Mateo’s sixth RBI on the season and an at-bat he desperately needed after struggling in Charlotte going just 1-12. This put the Yankees out in front 8-7 and wouldn’t be the end to their sixth inning attack. Billy Fleming, who has the best batting average on the team, sent a double deep into left field corner giving the Yankees insurance runs building a 10-7 lead.

After Jordan Foley left the game keeping the Jays hitless in 1.2 IP, Dillon McNamara came in to try and keep the Yankees in front. He’d pitch 1 1/3 innings giving up just one hit. As for the Yankees’ hitting, it continued in the eighth inning where Jorge Mateo and Abiatal Avelino both hit sac-flys to add two more runs onto their lead. With a 12-7 lead Caleb Frare entered the game to put away a win for the Yankees. While he did walk two, one batter was picked off and another caught at second in a fielder’s choice. The last out was made by Michael O’Neill who had a clean sliding play to end the game.

Jordan Foley was rewarded the win as the Yankees took back the lead in the FSL North, moving to 8-5 on the season. Jorge Mateo, Billy Fleming, and Santiago Nessy each had two RBIs, while Michael O’Neill had three. Tomorrow the Yankees take on Dunedin again with Gabriel Encinas on the mound.

 

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