Friday, Jul 15
FLORENCE, Ky. – The Florence Y’alls (21-34) got exactly what they wanted out of starting pitcher Edgar Martinez: go long and save the bullpen after a doubleheader a day ago. While Martinez delivered, the Florence bats came up short in a 5-1 loss against the Joliet Slammers (27-29) at Thomas More Stadium on Friday.
Joliet struck first in the second inning when Carson Maxwell launched a three-run home run off the scoreboard in left center. The Slammers added a run in the fifth and the sixth. All-star selection Anthony Brocato provided the only Y’alls run, a long solo homer in the sixth inning. Brocato’s 16 home runs put him not only in the team lead, but among the Frontier League’s best.
The Y’alls had multiple missed opportunities to erase the deficit, though. Florence left multiple runners on base in the fifth, seventh, and ninth innings. The game ended with the tying run at the plate for Florence, who stranded a total of nine men.
A nearly sold-out crowd of 4,058 felt the suspense, as Thomas More Stadium hosted Marvel Superheroes Night.
In his first start on the home mound in over a month, Edgar Martinez pitched into the ninth and pitched well. The right-hander allowed four earned runs while throwing a season-high 113 pitches. Spencer Johnston earns the win for Joliet.
Despite only one run crossing the plate, multiple bats stepped up for the Y’alls. Rodney Tennie singled three times, Craig Massey had two hits, and Justin Gomez drew three walks.
Florence has two more opportunities to pick up a home win before the Frontier League’s All-Star Break begins on Monday. The Y’alls and Slammers play tomorrow for a 6:36 p.m. first pitch. Trevor Charpie is Joliet’s scheduled starter, with Florence’s pitcher to be announced.
The Florence Y’alls are Northern Kentucky’s professional baseball team, and are proud members of the independent Frontier League, an MLB Partner League. With a purposeful focus on entertaining our fans, the Y’alls provide affordable, family-friendly entertainment. Y’alls home games are played at Thomas More Stadium, located at 7950 Freedom Way in Florence, Kentucky. The Y’alls are at home against the Joliet Slammers Saturday, July 16. First pitch is at 6:36 P.M. Tickets are on sale now for the 2022 season. More details can be found online at florenceyalls.com (http://florenceyalls.com/) or by phone at (859) 594-4487.