The Tampa Yankees went to Lakeland still looking for their first win of the season on Saturday. The offense has been nearly non-existent to start the season, and the rotation didn’t get out to a great start yesterday either in Taylor Widener‘s first appearance. Tonight, Domingo Acevedo got the start as he had a chance to get the Yankees’ season underway with a win. Acevedo was set to join Double-A Trenton towards the end of the season last year before his injury, by the time he was healthy the season was already near over, and management held him in Tampa.
The Yankees again would have to work from behind tonight. After two runs had got by in the first inning, the Yankees would have to strike back in the next inning, which they did. Mandy Alvarez and Austin Aune singled and doubled to start the second inning; they would both be driven in by a Jorge Saez with a single of his own. The Yankees tied it up in the second and got Domingo Acevedo right back in the game.
However, following the two-run inning, Acevedo would give up a home run to Jose Azocar on his first pitch, again putting the Yankees behind. Acevedo would be replaced after 4 2/3 innings of work. He gave up four earned runs, four walks, and totaled six strikeouts. Though they were down again, Jhalan Jackson gave the Yankees a quick revival, something they didn’t have last season. Jackson would send a two-run home run to left-center field, scoring Austin Aune. Cody Carroll came in after Ace’ for one and 1/3 of an inning to record two strikeouts. Dillon McNamara followed with three innings of perfect baseball; he’d record four strikeouts to start his season.
The bullpen battle continued with Colten Brewer. He’d run into some trouble in the bottom of the 11th when the bases were loaded after an error on Jorge Mateo, but Brewer got a strikeout and shallow pop to end the inning. Brewer finished with three innings as well, striking out six and walking just one. After Brewer, Hobie Harris then had the game in his hands, and he’d do just as well as Brewer, McNamara, and Carroll for most of his outing. Harris pitched 3 1/2 innings, giving up four hits, striking out four, but giving up the winning run in the bottom of the 16th inning on a shallow blooper by Wade Hinkle. That would win the game 5-4 for the Tigers, and drop the Yankees 0-3 to start the season.
Tomorrow Ian Clarkin gets the start looking to start his 2017 successfully. Clarkin has dealt with injury issues more often than not; this year will be vital for him to prove to the Yankees he can be a part of their bright future in their rotation.