TAMPA - For the second consecutive night, the Tampa Yankees (15-12) tallied 16 hits as they defeated the Dunedin Blue Jays (12-15) 9-1 on Wednesday night at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Tampa wins the series, taking two of three.
The Yankees chased Blue Jays starter Jeremy Gabryszwski out of the game after only one inning of work. The right-hander allowed six runs (two earned) on six hits and struck out two in his shortest outing of the season.
Abiatal Avelino led off the first with a single and stole second. One out later, Miguel Andujar flew a ball into deep left field. Dunedin outfielder Ian Parmley loss the ball in the sun and Andujar reached third on a triple. Matt Snyder cashed in Andujar with a base hit to center. After a single by Mike Ford, Mark Payton grounded out softly to second, advancing both runners. An error allowed Michael O'Neill to reach and Snyder to score. Danny Oh then bounced a ground-rule double over the right field wall, scoring Ford. A two-run single by Kyle Higashioka capped the six-run inning.
Rookie Davis (2-2) allowed one run on four hits in five innings. The right-hander walked three and struck out five in his sixth start for the T-Yanks.
Tampa added a pair in the second against LHP Matt Dermody. With the bases loaded and nobody out, Ford blooped a single into shallow left. A sacrifice fly by Payton drove in another before Dermody retired the side.
Davis surrendered the lone Dunedin run in the third on an RBI single by L.B. Dantzler.
Tyler Wade led off the sixth with a double and later scored the final run of the game on a fielding error.
RHP Giovanny Gallegos tossed three scoreless relief innings out of the Tampa bullpen. Gallegos scattered a hit and a walk while tallying a season-high five strikeouts. RHP Angel Rincon pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to end the game.
Every batter in the Tampa order recorded a base hit. Snyder (3-for-4, HBP) increased his batting average to .371. Andujar (3-for-5, 3B) scored twice and drove in a run. Oh (1-for-4) is on a seven-game hit streak. O'Neill (1-for-5) singled for his first hit as a Tampa Yankee.
Up next, the T-Yanks hit the road for a three game series in Brevard County and four games in St. Lucie. The next home game for the Yankees is on Friday, May 15th against the Manatees at 7:00 p.m. On Bill Currie Ford Social Media Fridays, ALL social media fans/followers can enjoy $2 admission. Also, 1/2 Price Drinks (alcoholic & non-alcoholic) and $10 All You Can Eat Chicken Wings will be available from 6-8pm on the Walgreens Deck.
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