Didi Gregorius accounted for two of the Tampa Yankees five hits in their 3-0 loss to the Lakeland Tigers on Friday night. The rehabbing New York Yankees shortstop saw his first game action since being placed on the disabled list with right shoulder strain.
Gregorius played six innings for Tampa, getting the chance to field two plays in the field and batting three times. His first at-bat came in the first inning when he flew out to right field in foul territory on the first pitch he saw. The ball traveled well, going deep into the corner but Ben Verlander managed to make the catch to make the out.
Didi’s second at-bat ended with a base hit in the top of the third inning. He fouled off the first three pitches by Detroit Tigers #3 prospect Beau Burrows, before smacking a line drive into centerfield for the first hit of the game for the Tampa Yankees.
Gregorius’ final at-bat came in the top of the sixth inning, and after fouling off the first pitch, he saw he would line the ball into left field for his second hit of the game.
Chris Gittens and Nick Solak each singled in the seventh inning to give the Tampa Yankees their third and fourth hits of the game, but they were unable to score. Tampa would not get another base hit until the top of the ninth when Trey Amburgey singled to left.
Right-hander Zack Littell took the loss for the Yankees, allowing two unearned runs on five hits and two walks while striking out three in five innings of work. Jose Pena was touched for a run in two innings on two hits, and he struck out three. Andrew Schwaab finished the game on the mound, striking out three and allowing a hit in one inning.