TAMPA, Fla. – The Tampa Yankees (9-13) scored three late runs, capped by a walk-off sacrifice fly by Trey Amburgey, to defeat the Daytona Tortugas (12-10), 3-2, in a comeback win on Friday night at George M. Steinbrenner Field.
The win snapped an eight-game losing streak dating back to April 19th. It was Tampa’s fourth walk-off victory of the season.
Daytona used two-out hitting to get on the board in the first inning. Nick Senzel doubled into the gap in right-center and scored on a towering two-run homerun to left by Gavin LaValley. The homer gave Lavalley a league-high 19 RBI and placed him tied for first with seven home runs.
Erik Swanson got the start for Tampa, making his season debut. The right-hander did not surrender another run following the first inning, escaping a bases loaded jam in the third by getting Reydel Medina to ground out.
Not until the seventh inning did the T-Yanks get on the board against RHP Jesus Reyes. Tito Polo lined a leadoff triple to the wall in left-center and scored on a groundout by Chris Gittens, cutting the deficit to 2-1.
Reyes allowed one earned run on three hits in seven innings, walking two while striking out six and throwing 57 of 90 pitches for strikes.
Swanson made a quality start in his Tampa debut, holding the Tortugas to two earned runs on seven hits in six innings, walking one while striking out a pair and throwing 63 of 84 pitches for strikes. The 23-year-old joined Tampa prior to the game after being activated off the Single-A Charleston disabled list.
RHP Jose Peña struck out three and scattered a hit, a walk and a hit-batter in a pair of scoreless relief innings. RHP Andrew Schwaab (W, 2-0) stranded a hit-batter and struck out two in a scoreless ninth.
Kyle Holder led off the bottom of the ninth with a ground-rule double down the left field line. After failing to get the bunt down, Polo singled into left, placing runners on the corners. After Stock struck out Gittens, Amburgey stepped up and hit a deep fly ball into left, allowing Holder to tag and score the winning run.
Polo (3-for-4, 3B, R) recorded his fourth multi-hit game and his second three-hit game of the season. Amburgey (0-for-3, SF, RBI) logged his team-leading 11th RBI.
The series continues on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. when LHP Josh Rogers (1-2, 3.00 ERA) makes the start for Tampa against LHP Ty Boyles (1-1, 1.93 ERA) for Daytona. On Salute to Service Members Saturday, all Military members receive a free upper reserved ticket with a valid ID. Select T-Yanks will sign autographs on the concourse from 5:40 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. For tickets and promotional information, call (813) 673-3055 or visit www.tybaseball.com.