The Tampa Yankees came into the third game of the series Wednesday night versus the Brevard County Manatees tied at one game apiece. LHP Dan Camarena (ERA 3.66) took the mound for the Yanks in hopes of improving on his (0-2) record.
The Manatees were able to get on the board first in the top of the 4th with an RBI single by Brevard’s Michael Reed.
In the bottom of the 5th the T-Yanks were able to take a 2-1 lead when Cito Culver hit a single with bases loaded sending both Zach Wilson and Claudio Custodio home to score.
In the top of the 6th, with bases two outs a power outage occurred at George M. Steinbrenner Field stopping all play for about 20 minutes. When power was restored RHP Alex Smith (ERA 1.04) took over pitching duties for Tampa on the mound.
In the bottom of the 6th, the T-Yanks were able to tack on another run when Zach Wilson hit a ground-rule double on a fly ball to right field with Angelo Gumbs on 2nd.
With Tampa still up 3-1, LHP Tyler Webb (ERA 4.50) took over pitching duties for the T-Yanks in the 8th. Smith finished the night with no hits or runs allowed in 1 1/3 innings; striking out 3.
In the bottom of the 8th, Tampa ensured that they would maintain the lead as Pete O’Brien led the inning off with a double, his 6th of the season. Angelo Gumbs then followed suit as he hit his 1st triple of the season racking up a RBI when O’Brien scored. Zach Wilson then hit a sac fly sending Gumbs home and giving Tampa a 5-1 lead that the Manatees couldn’t recover from.
Camarena earns his first win (1-2), Smith the hold (H,1) and Webb his third save of the season (S,3).
The Tampa Yankees will travel to Joker Merchant Stadium on Thursday evening to take on the Lakeland Flying Tigers at 6:30pm.