Monday the Tampa Yankees started a four-game series against the Jupiter Hammerheads. Vicente Campos was on the mound trying to move his record on the season to 4-2. Campos has still been inconsistent as he still didn’t have a win since April 28th coming into yesterday’s game. Monday night he’d have his best start in almost a month though.
Both pitchers were dealing in the first four innings and until the fifth the score showed two zeros. Until the fifth the Yankees only have two hits, including a lead-off triple in the first inning by Jorge Mateo which was wasted. However, the offense would come to Campos’ support eventually as he was pitching lights out for the Yankees. After a single and double, the Hammerheads’ shortstop Justin Bohn committed an error trying to field a ground ball from Francisco Diaz. The error would score Austin Aune and Devyn Bolasky scoring the first runs of the game and giving the Yankees a 2-0 lead. The Yankees last run came in the next inning off the bat of Bo Thompson. Abiatal Avelino, Billy Fleming, and Thompson all hit singles back-to-back-to-back. Though they’d only get one run from the inning, it turns out that’d be all they’d need.
Vicente Campos gave the Yankees seven innings of shut-out baseball. Campos earned his fourth win of the season easily giving up only four hits, striking out six, and walking on one. Out of his 80 pitches, 58 were strikes and his command was similar to his eight-inning shut-out against Daytona last month. He retired the last nine batters he faced. Jordan Foley earned the save pitching the last two innings working through an error and two singles which lead to an unearned run.
It wouldn’t change the outcome of the game as the Yankees beat the Hammerheads 3-1 and moved to 23-15 on the season. On Tuesday the Yankees try to start another win streak as Ian Clarkin is on the mound coming off of his seven inning, 10 K performance over Lakeland last Thursday.