The Tampa Yankees took to Lakeland to try and stop a four-game losing streak. Taylor Widener was on the mound for Tampa carrying a 3.68 ERA into the game. Didi Gregorius was making his third rehab start for the Yankees in the DH spot.
Widener held Lakeland scoreless in the first two innings, but he’d run into some trouble come the third. A throwing error on Wes Wilson would give the Tigers their first run after David Gonzalez was on on third following his double and a sacrifice bunt. The throw could’ve been stopped by Jorge Mateo, but went passed his glove into center-field. Widener would then give up a single to make it a 2-0 deficit for the Yankees.
The Yankees scored their first run in the fourth after a single by Chris Gittens scored Didi to cut the Tigers’ lead down to one. However, Widener had more problems in the fourth, he’d start the inning by walking Will Maddox, a double by Ben Verlander gave the Tigers a 3-1 lead. Dillon McNamara then replaced Widener with no outs in the fourth. Widener’s line was three innings, four earned runs, three strikeouts, and four walks. McNamara gave up a triple to give the Tigers their fourth run, but the runner was Widener’s responsibility. A grounder would then give the Tigers a 5-1 lead, it was McNamara’s first earned run of the season.
The Yankees’ offense was again kept quiet despite scoring three runs. Previouly to today’s game they did not score at least three runs since April 10th. Trey Amburgey had a sac-fly that would score Jorge Mateo in the top of the sixth, after Mateo drew a walk, stole second, and moved to third on another hit by Gittens. The Yankees would threat in the ninth inning with three walks and a double by Didi, but they would fall short to be swept in three games by Lakeland and lose their fifth straight game. Widener took the loss while his ERA jumped to 5.09 following the game.
The Yankees are off Monday, but then start a six-game home-stretch at The Boss. It was announced earlier today that Albert Abreu had been added to the Tampa Yankees’ roster, he’ll make his High-A debut on Tuesday, moving Domingo Acevedo‘s start to Wednesday.