Severe rain in Tampa last week prevented the D-Jays and Yankees from playing on Tuesday, August 21, and that game was made up tonight as the first part doubleheader at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium.
Casey Lawrence got the start.
Yankees starting pitcher Shane Greene retired the side in order during the first inning before running into some trouble in the second. Jon Talley reached first after a dropped third strike, and he would later score on a Marcus Knecht infield single.
Casey Lawrence wasted no time mowing down the Yankees in the top of the third; his offense rewarded him in the bottom half. After Kenny Wilson struck out to start the inning, Oliver Dominguez and Kevin Pillar both doubled to left field; Pillar's double provided the D-Jays with a 2-0 lead, scoring Dominguez.
After Pillar advanced to third on an errant pick-off attempt, Greene threw a wild pitch that allowed the D-Jays right-fielder to score. With the lead now 3-0, Knecht picked up his second RBI of the night, driving in Talley for a four-run D-Jays lead.
Lawrence (9-6, 3.56) looked spectacular for Dunedin, going the distance picking up the victory. He allowed one run on four hits while striking out six.
The Blue Jays sent Frank Gailey to the mound to pick up the sweep of the doubleheader, while Matt Tracy took the mound for the Yankees.
As they did in game one, the Blue Jays struck first in game two. Newcomer Amadeo Zazueta looped a single into center-field, driving in Dunedin catcher Pierce Rankin.
After retiring the first two batters he faced in the fourth inning, Gailey gave up a double to Yankees first baseman Kyle Roller. Blue Jays second baseman Jon Berti preserved the lead with a diving catch, robbing Gary Sanchez of an RBI-single.
Gailey departed after four scoreless innings; he allowed two hits, striking out as many. Randy Boone picked up the victory after pitching a scoreless 1.2 innings.
Danny Barnes entered the game in the sixth inning with two outs and the go ahead run on first base. Just as he has done all season, leading the Florida State League in saves, Barnes got out of trouble in the sixth, en route to his league leading 34th save.
The Blue Jays are now 76-51 on the season and look poised to make a run at the FSL Championship. The playoffs start on Tuesday, September 5th, but it remains to be seen who the Blue Jays first round opponent will be.
The D-Jays will host Tampa for another doubleheader Wednesday before finishing the season with a four game set against Clearwater.
Come check out all the action tomorrow starting at 5pm EDT, or listen live right here on dunedinbluejays.com.