The Tampa Yankees started a three game series against the Dunedin Jays to start their eight-game home stand Thursday night. James Reeves was on the mound making his fourth start for the Yankees, looking to start their home stand off with a win. The Yankees lost their first series after the All-Star Break to Daytona 1-2.
Reeves was adequate in his fourth start of the season. He went 4 1/3 innings giving up two earned run and striking out five. However, he’d be up for a loss with Tampa’s lack of scoring on Thursday night. Tampa couldn’t bring anyone home in the first eight innings and had just four hits. After Reeves, the Yankees bullpen did their job to keep the game at a manageable score. Jordan Foley and Angel Rincon combined for 3 2/3 innings of no-hit baseball and five strikeouts.
The Yankees finally ended any possibility for a shutout in the eighth inning as Wes Wilson started the inning with a double to left. Jorge Mateo followed with a bunt up the first base line, but Wilson would get to home plate in time to cut the Jays lead down to a run. When it felt like the Yankees were back in striking distance, Gabe Encinas gave all momentum back to Dunedin (along with any chance the Yankees had of winning). The Jays (along with Encinas’ help) put on four runs in the ninth to seal the deal over the Yankees. Encinas gave up a single and two walks, followed by two throwing errors. In the bottom of the ninth the Yankees went down in order to lose their first game of the second half. Reeves was credited with the loss, but in no way did the Yankees offense help as they continue to struggle more often than not.
Tomorrow the Yankees offense will look to get back in the swing of things as they take on the Jays in the second game of a three game series.