The Tampa Yankees were coming off of a doubleheader sweep on Monday. Both games were won by a score of 2-0 as Josh Rogers and Domingo Acevedo both gave the Yankees complete-game shutouts. Tuesday, James Reeves was on the mound for his fifth start of the season. In his last start he threw 70+ pitches which was his most of the season. Reeves is still a work in progress as he continues his process of becoming a full-time starter, but he has still been one of the Yankees’ strongest arms throughout.
Reeves, again, looked in control of his pitches on Tuesday night. He pitched 5 2/3 giving up just three hits and striking out seven. Reeves again held his walk amount down to just one and had given up a run afvter a double and single in the fourth. However, Reeves would leave the game in the sixth inning after a piece of a broken bat apparently hit his throwing hand. Reeves was replaced by Gabriel Encinas who’d give up and double and throw a wild pitch to give the Manatees their second run. That run would be scored on Reeves and it’d boost his ERA up to 1.71. Reeves did improve upon his pitch count, which in his last start, his 73 pitches was his most on the season. Tuesday he pitched 84 and still looked strong until the broken bat swiped him in the hand.
As for the Yankees they couldn’t manufacture many runs despite their nine hits in the game. They scored first in the third after Jorge Mateo grounded into a force out to score Vicente Conde. The Yankees offense would stay quiet until the bottom of the ninth where it really mattered. Abiatal Avelino started the inning with an infield single and Zack Zehner followed with a bloop single. A throwing error would have the two at second and third with no one out. After the Manatees intentionally walked Jake Skole to load the bases, the Yankees got something they haven’t gotten much of this season. Vicente Conde sent a deep-shot to left for a walk-off grand-slam. The Yankees would take home a 5-2 win and the three-game sweep over Brevard County.
After sweeping the Manatees, the Yankees start a two-game series against the Lakeland Flying Tigers to end their eight-game home-stand (which they are currently 4-2 on).
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