Tampa Tarpons Game Notes: at Bradenton
8/12 Tampa at Bradenton - Game 4 (of four) - LECOM Park (Bradenton, FL) - 1:00 p.m.
Pitching Matchup: RHP Deivi Garcia (0-0, 0.77) vs. RHP Pedro Vasquez (0-1, 5.40).
Live Audio: TuneIn Radio (Tampa Tarpons Broadcast Network).
LAST NIGHT: The Tarpons tallied 13 more hits en route to a 5-2 win to take a 3-0 lead in the four-game series over the Marauders...Angel Aguilar (1-for-4, HR, RBI, R) homered in the 2nd (his 7th HR and second of the series) and Diego Castillo (2-for-5, 2RBI) added a two-out, two-run single later in the inning...RHP Albert Abreu returned from the disabled list and held Bradenton to 2ER in 4.0IP (5H, 1BB, 4K, HB, WP, 62P/41S)...Dom Thompson-William (2-for-5, HR, 2RBI, R) added an RBI single in the 7th before smashing a solo homer in the 9th (his 16th HR and 11th with Tampa)...RHP Garrett Whitlock (W, 5-3) retired 15-of-18 batters faced in a piggyback appearance, logggin a scoreless 5.0IP (1H, 1BB, 8K, HB, 70P/44S)...The Tarpons improved to 6-0 at LECOM Park and 10-2 in the season-series over the Marauders.
RUTA'S RAKING: On Friday, Ben Ruta logged his first-career four-hit game and tallied a season-high 4RBI, giving him 7RBI in the series. The 23-year-old is batting .378 (34-for-90) with 18RBI and 14 runs scored over his last 24 games.
LET'S GO STREAKING: Dom Thompson-Williams extended his hitting streak to nine games with a 7th-inning RBI single on Saturday. Over that span, the 23-year-old is batting .394 (13-for-33) with 11 runs scored. DTW is batting .350 (14-for-40) with 3HR, 8RBI and 7BB in August (11 games).
VS. BRADENTON: Today will be the 13th of 16 games scheduled between the Tampa Tarpons and Bradenton Marauders. Tampa leads the season-series, 10-2. The Tarpons are 6-0 in those games played at LECOM Park. In nine games against the Marauders, Diego Castillo is batting .429 (15-for-35) with 9R, 3 doubles, 10RBI, 6BB and 2SB. Ben Ruta is batting .469 (15-for-32) with 9R, 1 double, 1 triple, 4HR, 12RBI, 2BB and 3SB in eight games against Bradenton.
1,000 K CLUB: Last week, the Tarpons' pitching staff became the first to reach 1,000 strikeouts in the Florida State League. Tampa leads the league in strikeouts, totaling 1,110K entering today. That is 101K more than the team ranked second (Clearwater - 1,009). Tampa is averaging 9.33K-per-game and is on pace for 1,306K, which would crush its own FSL single-season strikeout record set last season with 1,215K.
STRIKEOUTS FOR A CAUSE: The Tarpons have partnered with the American Cancer Society. Throughout the month of August, each time a strikeout is recorded by a Tampa pitcher, money will be raised for cancer research. The Tarpons are asking fans to donate $1.00 for every time a Tampa pitcher strikes out an opposing batter in the 31 games scheduled for August. To donate, fans must visit www.PledgeIt.org/TampaTarpons.
BABY BOMBERS: The Tarpons currently lead the league with 92 home runs. No other team has more than 87.
NO-HITTER HISTORY: On Tuesday, RHP Deivi Garcia (7.0IP) and RHP Christian Morris (1.0IP) combined for an eight-inning no-hitter in a 1-0 loss to the Clearwater Threshers in Game 2 of a doubleheader. It was the first time a no-hitter was thrown in a loss in the Florida State League since August 23, 1992, when RHP Scott Bakkum (Winter Haven) lost to LHP Andy Carter (Clearwater) in a double no-hitter. It was also Tampa's first no-hitter since RHP Jose Ramirez (6.0IP) and RHP Branden Pinder (1.0IP) combined for a seven-inning no-hitter vs. St. Lucie on July 12, 2012.
FOR STARTERS: RHP Deivi Garcia (0-0, 0.77) will make his third start with Tampa...Last time out, took a no-decision despite throwing 7.0 perfect innings (12K, 82P/56S) in Game 2 of a doubleheader vs. Clearwater on 8/6...Made his season debut by starting for Tampa on 6/5 vs. St. Lucie (4.2IP, 2H, 2R/1ER, 3BB, 7K, 1HB, 83P/50S)...Has spent most of his season with Single-A Charleston, going 2-4 with a 3.76 ERA (40.2IP, 31H, 19R/17ER, 10BB, 63K, 5HR, 6HB) in eight starts...Tallied a career-high 12K in 6.0 shutout IP (2H, 0BB, 1HB, 96P/62S) in a win vs. Augusta on 7/25.
2017: Combined with the DSL Yankees, the GCL Yankees West and Rookie-level Pulaski to go 6-2 with a 3.30 ERA (60.0IP, 42H, 23R/22ER, 19BB, 85K, 7HR) in 13 games (10 starts)...held opponents to a .202 (42-for-208) BA...started the season with the DSL Yankees, going 1-1 with a 1.17 ERA (15.1IP, 10H, 3R/2ER, 2BB, 18K, 1HR) in three starts...was transferred to the GCL Yankees West on 6/26 and went 3-0 with a 3.24 ERA (16.2IP, 9H, 6ER, 4BB, 24K, 3HR) in four games (two starts)...was promoted to Pulaski on 7/24 and went 2-1 with a 4.50 ERA (28.0IP, 23H, 14ER, 13BB, 43K, 3HR) in six games (five starts).
Personal: 19-years-old, 5-9, 163 - Bonao, Dominican Republic...Signed by the Yankees as a non-drafted free agent on 7/2/15...Ranked as the No. 14 Yankees prospect by Baseball America and the No. 14 Yankees prospect by MLB Pipeline.
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