After taking an early lead in the first inning, the Stone Crabs offense struggled to get anything doing against the Tampa Yankee’s pitching staff, losing 4-1 on Friday night. It was the Tampa bullpen that really dominated, holding the Stone Crabs to no baserunners in the final three frames.
The Stone Crabs scored their lone run in the first inning. Tommy Coyle singled to lead off the game. He stole second and advanced to third on an errant throw by the Tampa catcher. Coyle later scored on a single by Leonardo Reginatto to give the Stone Crabs a 1-0 lead.
Tampa bounced back to tie the game in the third inning. Claudio Custodio single to right. He stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by Justin O’Conner. Jake Cave drove home Custodio to tie the game.
The Yankees took the lead in the fifth inning. Jose Toussen drew a walk. He then stole second and later advanced to third on a fly ball. Toussen would score on a wild pitch by Austin Pruitt to give the Yankees a 2-1 lead.
The Yankees capitalized on Stone Crabs miscues to pick up another run in the sixth. Greg Bird reached on an error followed by a single by Dante Bichette Jr. Both runners advanced 90 feet following a wild pitch by Pruitt. A single by Yeicok Calderon scored Bird to increase the lead to 3-1.
Tampa added an insurance run in the seventh. A ground rule double by Bird scored Trent Garrison to hand the Stone Crabs a 4-1 loss.
Pruitt suffered the loss for the Stone Crabs and has fallen to 3-2 on the year. Rafael De Paula picked up the win for Tampa and Cesar Vargas got the save.
The Stone Crabs look to salvage a series tie in the finale on Saturday at Steinbrenner Field. It will be a pair of rehabbing big leaguers for the Stone Crabs as Jeremy Hellickson get the start for the Stone Crabs along with his battery mate Ryan Hanigan behind the dish. On the mound for Tampa will be Jaron Long making his Florida State League debut.