Ian Clarkin was on the mound Saturday night for the Tampa Yankees trying to keep their seven-game winning streak alive against the Stone Crabs. Clarkin was coming off of a six-run shutout performance against Brevard County his last time out. This game wouldn’t hold the same story for Clarkin, nor for any of the team.
The Yankees did briefly hold a lead in the bottom of the second inning. After Thairo Estrada reached on a fielding error, Jake Skole and Bo Thompson singles would bring him in for a 1-0 lead. However, the lead wouldn’t even last for an inning as the Stone Crabs made up for scoring just a run in the first game of the series. The Crabs started the third inning with three singles in a row, and after a throwing error by Bo Thompson on the next play, two runs would score. The next two runs scored by a wild pitch from Ian Clarkin and a throwing error by Jorge Mateo. Charlotte put four runs on the board in the inning and it set the tempo for how the game would turn out.
Two more runs were scored by the Stone Crabs in the fifth inning after the Yankees had two different errors on one play by Miguel Andujar and Jake Skole, followed by a ground-rule double to make it 6-1. The game would be far out of reach by the time the sixth inning was over as a homer and line drive with the bases loaded sealed the deal for the Stone Crabs building a seven run lead. The Yankees out up four runs on the night, one from a passed ball after Miguel Andujar’s triple, a throwing error that scored Austin Aune, and a walk with the bases loaded brought in Thairo Estrada.
Ian Clarkin pitched five innings giving up two earned run and striking out three. Gabriel Encinas pitched 2/3 of an inning and gave up two earned runs. Jonny Drozd pitched 1 1/3 innings giving up one run and striking out three and Jordan Foley pitched two innings giving up three earned runs while striking out three as well. However, only eight of the Stone Crabs’ 12 runs were earned as the Yankees committed errors on the night. Though pitching wasn’t as good as usual, there was little defense to help through the night.
The Yankees’ seven game winning streak came to an end and their record was lowered to 35-20. Tomorrow they will try to rejuvenate with Chance Adams pitching who has been nothing short of dominant. Adams will look to move his record to 5-0 on the season and lower his ERA to 2.00+.