TAMPA, Fla. - The Tampa Yankees (12-9) and the Bradenton Marauders (6-18) never though they would relive the game they played on May 6th, 2012 when the Marauders won 7-6 in 18 innings.
On Monday night at George M. Steinbrenner Field, the two teams surpassed that game with a five hour and 39 minute affair, ending with a 3-2 walk-off win in the 19th inning for the Yankees.
Ben Gamel delivered the RBI single in the bottom of the 19th to end the game on Tuesday morning. The win secured a four-game sweep by Tampa as Bradenton lost its ninth consecutive game.
The Marauders took an early lead as Alen Hanson reached on a fielding error by Peter O'Brien at third. A sacrifice bunt by Benji Gonzalez moved the runner to second. Willy Garcia later drove in Hanson with a two-out single to give Bradenton a 1-0 lead.
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Tampa gained the lead in the sixth with a two-out rally against Bradenton starter Adrian Sampson. Yeral Sanchez lined a ball over Willy Garcia in right field for a triple. Rob Refsnyder followed with an RBI single. After Refsnyder stole second, he came home on a ground-rule double by Saxon Butler.
Sampson allowed two runs on 10 hits in five and two-third innings pitched. The right-hander collected five strikeouts in the no-decision.
Bradenton tied things up in the eighth off of Tampa reliever Alex Smith. Carols Mesa reached on a leadoff double and was replaced with pinch runner Taylor Lewis. Junior Sosa, pinch-hitting for Ashley Ponce, moved Lewis to second with a single. Alen Hanson drove in the tying run with a groundout to second. That tied the score, 2-2.
Infielder D.J. Crumlich (0-1), who started at third base in game two of the series, entered the game in the 19th to pitch for the Marauders. Jose Toussen, who entered the game as a pinch runner in the 13th, singled to leadoff the inning. Taylor Dugas used a sacrifice-bunt to move Toussen to second. An infield single by Ali Castillo placed runners on the corners. Mason Williams reaced on a fielder's choice, retiring Castillo at second. With two outs, Gamel drove a ball up the middle to end the game.
The Marauders used seven total pitchers, including relievers Thomas Harlan, Joan Montero, Zac Fuesser, Emmanuel De Leon, Robbie Kilcrease, and Crumlich.
Yankees' starter Dietrich Enns allowed one unearned run on two hits and a walk. The southpaw struck out five in the no-decision. Alex Smith, Brandon Pinder, Taylor Garrison, Eric Wooten, Charley Short, Manny Barreda, and Dan Fiorito combined to toss 13 innings of relief. All eight Tampa pitchers combined to strike out 21 Bradenton batters.
Fiorito (1-0), an infielder, received the win in his first professional appearance on the mound. The right-hander allowed one hit while striking out two in the 18th and 19th innings.
15 pitchers combined to throw 581 pitches.
Following a league wide off day on Tuesday, the Yankees begin an eight-game road trip. The first stop is in Jupiter for a four-game series against the Hammerheads on Wednesday at 6:35 p.m. The T-Yanks will then play in Palm Beach for four games before returning home on Thursday, July 25th to host the Charlotte Stone Crabs at 7:00 p.m.