The Tampa Yankees had a split series with the St. Lucie Mets when they entered Tradition Field on Wednesday night for the third game of the series. Starter Jairo Heredia (ERA 1.93) and the T-Yanks got to work and were able to defeat the Mets 4-1.
Tampa took a 1-0 lead in the second when Dan Fiorito hit a solo homerun to start the inning. In the bottom of the 4th, St. Lucie’s Dustin Lawley hit a solo homerun of his own to tie the game at 1.
With a tied ballgame, the T-Yanks took control with a single and then advanced to 2nd after a sac bunt by Mason Williams. Oliberto wasn’t done just yet as he advanced to 3rd after a wild pitch by the Mets.
Robert Refsnyder then walked to put runners on 1st and 3rd. A RBI single by Peter O’Brien have Tampa a 2-1 lead. With runners on 1st and 2nd, Gary Sanchez was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Taylor Dugas then grounded into a forced out sending Refsnyder home, O’Brien to 3rd and Sanchez out at 2nd. Dugas then stole 2nd and when Fiorito walked—bases were now loaded once again. Due to another wild pitch, O’Brien scored to make it a 4-1 game.
Heredia pitched 5 innings, allowing 4 hits and just 1 run, striking out 6. Joel De La Cruz (ERA 2.95) then worked the next 3 innings allowing just 1 hit and striking out 4. Taylor Garrison (ERA 1.20) then worked the 9th striking out 2 of the 3 batters he faced.
Heredia earned his first win (1-0) with the Tampa Yankees, De La Cruz the hold (H, 3) and Garrison the save (S,3).
The T-Yanks will take on the St. Lucie Mets in the fourth and final game of the series on Thursday evening at 6:30pm with Dietrich Enns (ERA 4.22) taking the start.