The Tampa Yankees were in Bradenton on Saturday night after losing the first of four, on Friday. Dillon Tate was on the mound making his fourth start of the season and looking for his fourth win. In three games, Tate pitched 18 1/3 innings, striking out 21 batters and only giving up three earned runs.
Tate would get his fair share of Bradenton early as the Marauders made him throw 26 pitches in the first inning. However, despite Bradenton scoring a run off of two bloop hits, it’d be the best scenario as Tate would stop the bleeding with the bases loaded and escape the inning. Bradenton continued their offense in the second though, after a lead-off single, Mitchell Tolman hit a two-run shot off Tate to make it a three-run lead for Bradenton. It was Tate’s first home-run given up this season, and he’d throw 41 pitches through the first two innings. Tampa would get some runs back in the third however as Jeff Hendrix and Nick Solak started the inning with a pair of singles. Gosuke Katoh then scored Hendrix with an RBI double off the first-base bag. Trey Amburgey then scored Solak with an RBI single of his own, but Katoh would be called out at the plate. Tate would finish with 5 1/3 innings pitched, three strikeouts, and four earned runs.
The Marauders would be held at four runs by the Yankees’ bullpen long enough for the offense to make a comeback. Stephen Tarpley and James Reeves pitched 1 2/3 innings each without giving up a run, and Tarpley without giving up a hit. Through 12 1/3 innings this season he has only given up one hit, while totaling 14 strikeouts. The Yankees were able to score two runs in the eighth to force extras in Bradenton. Austin Aune started the inning with a single, and Angel Aguilar followed with a double. Aune came home on a ground-out by Keith Skinner to cut Bradenton’s lead to a run. With two outs in the inning, a wild pitch from Geoff Hartlieb allowed Aguilar to score from third and the game was then tied at four runs a piece. Jose Pena entered the game after Reeves in the tenth and would eventually get the loss as Tolman singled home the runner from second, giving Bradenton two consecutive walk-off wins against Tampa. The Yankees finished with just four runs off of 14 hits, going 2-16 with runners in scoring position. Tomorrow the Yankees try to pop two wins off to get a series split in the third of four games. Starting for Tampa, Ian Clarkin.