After a marathon during the first game of this four game series, the Tampa Yankees were once again taking on the Charlotte Stone Crabs on Saturday evening. Ace pitcher Jose Quintana (ERA 1.63, 8-0) took the mound for the T-Yanks on this hot early evening start.
Quintana would pitch 3 innings of no hit ball before allowing a double to the Stone Crabs. In the bottom of the 5ththe T-Yanks got on the board first after Luke Murton grounded into a forced out that would lead to a run scored by Kelvin Castro. To end the innings Cody Johnson would strike out and would be ejected from the game due to an argument with the umpire at home plate. Newcomer Jorge Alcantara substituted for Johnson in left field at the top of the 6th. After Charlotte scored 2 runs in the top of the 6th, Tampa was ready to strike back. With two outs, Hector Rabago would reach on an error. Abe Almonte was then hit by a pitch, sending him to 1st and Rabago to 2nd. Castro, the ultimate clutch player, hit a double sending Rabago and Almonte home to score. Quintana pitched 6 innings, allowing 5 hits and 2 runs.
The Stone Crabs would end up scoring a run in the top of the 9th while reliever Kramer Sneed (ERA 4.57) was pitching. Sneed, who pitched 2 2/3 innings, allowing 1 hit and 1 run with 4 strikeouts, was also charged with the blown save as the two teams once again entered extra innings for the second consecutive night.
In the top of the 10thcatcher Mitch Abeita was ejected from the game as well as T-Yanks’ manager Luis Sojo. Rabago, who had been playing 3rf base, filled in at catcher and Emerson Landoni entered the game to play 3rdbase.
Another newcomer Joaquin Hinojosa also made his debut on Saturday night. The right-hander relieved Sneed and pitched 1 1/3 innings, allowing the Stone Crabs to score 2 runs to earn the victory 5-3. Hinojosa is charged with the loss (0-1).
The Tampa Yankees will take on the Charlotte Stone Crabs in the third game of the series on Sunday afternoon at 1:00pm.