Both players made key contributions at unusual positions Friday night as Class A Advanced Tampa walked off with a 6-5, 14-inning victory over the visiting Charlotte Stone Crabs.
Yankees manager Luis Sojo turned to Landoni after starter Francisco Gil lasted only 2 2/3 frames and four pitchers combined on 9 1/3 innings of three-hit relief. The 22-year-old infielder had come on as a pinch-hitter in the sixth and grounded into a double play.
While Landoni took his warmup tosses before the 13th, Solbach took his unfamiliar spot at first base. The right-hander, who turns 26 on Sunday, would have been a more likely candidate to pitch had he not thrown a scoreless inning the night before.
Landoni struck out the first batter he saw, but Dustin Biell hit a grounder that Solbach handled unassisted. Hak-Ju Lee, the Rays' No. 3 prospect, followed with a triple to right field, but Landoni (1-0) stranded him at third by retiring Ty Morrison on a grounder to shortstop.
Tampa could not push across the winning run in the bottom of the inning, so Landoni was back on the mound in the 14th. He plunked leadoff batter Tyler Bortnick, who was erased when Landoni fielded Mark Thomas' bunt and forced Bortnick at second base.
Michael Sheridan again tested Solbach, who made a diving stop of his ground ball and made an underhanded toss to Landoni for the second out before Anthony Scelfo was retired on a bouncer to second baseman Hector Rabago.
Scott Shuman (0-4) came on in the 14th as the Stone Crabs' fifth pitcher but walked Kelvin Castro, Abraham Almonte and Rabago to load the bases with nobody out. Solbach, who's pitched 86 games over four seasons without a single plate appearance, followed with a base hit to right field to end the marathon after 4 hours, 19 minutes.