TAMPA, Fla. (August 11, 2017) - The Tampa Yankees built a huge lead early and coasted to a 12-5 win over the St. Lucie Mets on Friday at Steinbrenner Field.
Tampa's Hoy Jun Park set the tone, hitting a solo home run on the first pitch of the bottom of the first inning off of Nabil Crismatt. Estevan Florial hits a solo homer two batters later.
The Yankees scored four more runs in the second to go up 6-0. Kyle Holder clubbed a two-run double in the frame. A RBI double from Angel Aguilar and a bases loaded walk worked by Florial in the third inning made it 8-0 Yankees.
The Mets tried to get back into the game in the fourth inning. Back-to-back RBI singles from Tim Tebow and Wuilmer Becerra made it 8-2. J.C. Rodriguez hit a sac fly to plate Tebow for an 8-3 deficit.
The hopes of a comeback were quickly dashed when Aguilar bashed a three-run homer off of reliever Alex Palsha in the bottom of the fourth to put Tampa up 12-3.
Anthony Dimino hit a two-run single for the Mets in the fifth inning to complete the scoring.
Tampa starter Adonis Rosa earned the win in his FSL debut. He allowed five runs in five innings.
Crismatt suffered his 11th loss of the season. He was tagged for eight hits and seven earned runs in three innings.
Eight of the nine hitters for the Mets had a hit. Only Rodriguez didn't have a base knock, but he did produce a sac fly.
Dimino led the way with two hits.
Reliever Adonis Uceta pitched two scoreless innings.
For the Yankees, Aguilar drove in five runs and fell a triple short of the cycle.
The Mets (20-28, 53-63) and Yankees (32-15, 71-46) play the third game of their series at Steinbrenner Field on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
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