July 25, 2017 - Florida State League (FSL) - Tampa Yankees
FORT MYERS, Fla. - The T-Yanks continued their winning ways with a 7-3 victory on Monday night at Hammond Stadium. Tampa (19-11, 58-42) completed a four-game sweep in Fort Myers (18-12, 51-49) by winning its sixth straight game. The Yankees are now 11-1 in their last 12 games.
Tampa placed runners on the corners with two outs in the second and Wes Wilson clubbed a two-out, two-run double over the head of left-fielder Brent Rooker, giving the Yankees a 2-0 lead.
Things fell further apart for Miracle starter Lewis Thorpe in the fourth, as the T-Yanks scored three more runs without the need of a hit.
Alexander Palma and Angel Aguilar drew walks before Wilson reached on a hit-by-pitch, loading the bases with one out. All three advanced on a wild pitch, with Palma crossing the plate. A balk by Thorpe scored Aguilar and, one out later, Wilson scored on a second wild pitch, giving Tampa a 5-0 lead.
Thorpe (L, 2-3) logged his shortest outing of the season, yielding five runs (three earned) on four hits and a hit-batter in three and two-third innings. The southpaw walked three, struck out three and threw 56 of 88 pitches for strikes.
RHP Taylor Widener struck out the side in a perfect first inning and held the Miracle to one hit in four scoreless frames before running into trouble in the fifth.
Sean Miller singled and Brian Navarreto drew a walk before both scored on a two-out, two-run single by Tanner English . Widener left after throwing his season-high 83rd pitch. LHP Stephen Tarpley entered and struck out Brandon Lopez to end the inning.
Widener allowed two earned runs on three hits in four and two-third innings, walking three while striking out six and throwing 50 of 83 pitches for strikes.
Tarpley (W, 4-0) entered the game with a scoreless streak of 20.1IP. The southpaw retired the first three batters he faced before issuing back-to-back, two-out walks in the sixth.
Sean Miller followed with a base hit into left and Rooker attempted to score from second base. Left-fielder Trey Amburgey fielded the ball and threw into second. Before Rooker crossed the plate, shortstop Kyle Holder tagged out Zander Wiel stretching for third, ending the inning.
RHP Jordan Foley (H, 3) entered with Navaretto at first and one out in the seventh. Navaretto tried to advance on a pitch in the dirt and Wilson threw him out at second. Foley struck out English to end the frame and went on to tally two more strikeouts in a perfect eighth inning.
Tampa added insurance off LHP Andrew Vasquez in the ninth. Holder reached on a fielding error and scored on a double by Nick Solak . One out later, Amburgey pulled an RBI single into left, giving the T-Yanks a 7-2 lead.
Rooker and Miller both doubled, producing a run off RHP Matt Frawley in the ninth before Frawley closed the game.
Tarpley extended his scoreless streak to 22.0IP. Wilson (1-for-2, 2B, BB, HBP, 2RBI, R) logged his first multi-RBI game of the season. Solak (2-for-4, 2B, BB, RBI, R), Amburgey (2-for-5, RBI) and Lynch (2-for-4, HBP, R) recorded multi-hit games.
Up next, the T-Yanks return home to begin a four-game series with the Palm Beach Cardinals at George M. Steinbrenner Field. The series starts on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. with RHP Dillon Tate (5-0, 2.92 ERA) facing off against RHP Mike O'Reilly (1-0, 2.25 ERA). On BOGO Burgers Tuesday, fans can enjoy a "buy one, get one free" deal on burgers all night. For tickets and promotional information, call (813) 673-3055 or visit www.tybaseball.com .