The Tampa Yankees fell to the Palm Beach Cardinals in the final game of a four-game set, losing the series three games to one. Ian Clarkin took the loss for the Yankees allowing two runs on five hits and two walks while striking out one.
Tampa opened up the scoring in the top of the second inning when Nick Solak doubled with one out, moved to third on a passed ball before Vicente Conde walked to put men at the corners. Jhalan Jackson then singled to right to bring home Solak.
Tampa remained in the lead until the bottom of the sixth inning when the Cardinals touched Clarkin for two runs. Luke Dykstra singled to open the inning and then scored on a triple by Randy Arozarena. After a pop out to shortstop, Jeremy Martinez hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Arozarena for the second run.
Cody Carroll came into the game in the seventh inning and allowed an unearned run on a hit while striking out two batters, cementing the lead for Palm Beach. Carroll was relieved by Colten Brewer in the eighth inning who struck out two of the three batters he faced.
The Yankees plated a second run in the top of the ninth inning but were unable to tie the game. Trey Amburgey started the ninth off with a double to left, moved to third on a fly out to center by Matt Snyder and scored on a wild pitch. The scoring would end there as Palm Beach held off Tampa to win 3-2.
Tampa travels to Lakeland on Friday to open up a three-game series with New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorious beginning a rehab assignment. Zack Littell will make the start for the Tampa Yankees.