TAMPA, Fla. - A night after Clearwater and Tampa combined for 24 runs on 25 hits, the teams tallied just eight hits total as the Threshers suffered a 1-0 loss to the Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field.
Seranthony Dominguez and Harold Arauz held Tampa (68-46, 29-15) to just a run, but the Yankees blanked Clearwater on four hits to take the series.
Seranthony Dominguez did not allow a hit until the fourth inning, but the Yankees jumped ahead with a run on three hits in the frame. Donny Sands' sacrifice fly put Tampa up 1-0.
Dominguez (3-2) would exit after making 76 pitches in four innings. He permitted one run on three hits and three walks, striking out four. 50 of his 76 offerings were strikes.
Taylor Widener (6-7) kept the Threshers off the board on three hits in his five innings. Clearwater (61-54, 23-22) put the first two on against him in the fifth when Austin Bossart singled and Emmanuel Marrero walked, but Widener retired the next three to end the threat.
Matt Frawley tossed two scoreless in relief, and Jordan Foley earned his fifth save by finishing off the final two frames.
Arauz dominated in four innings out of the bullpen for Clearwater, allowing just one hit and striking out five.
Over his last two outings, Arauz has permitted only one hit and has struck out 15 batters across 11 scoreless innings.
The Threshers will try to salvage the series finale on Wednesday at 7 p.m., when JoJo Romero (3-2) toes the rubber opposite Brian Keller (3-2). The game will be broadcast live on threshersbaseball.com starting at 6:45 p.m.
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