Thursday, August 2, 2012
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Apparently, Tyler Austin is doing just fine. The former Heritage stand out and Tampa Yankees minor leaguer, who left Sunday's game with an injury, came back in style.
Austin went 0-for-5 but stole a base and scored a run in Monday's game, but went 4-for-5 with 3 RBIs in his second game back in the lineup as the Single-A team defeated Charlotte 6-4 in 11 innings Tuesday. The 20-year-old drove in the eventual game-winning run as Tampa snapped a 4-4 tie with two runs in the 11th.
Austin picked up a hit in five plate appearances in Wednesday's win over Charlotte, including an RBI, and has hit safely in six of his last eight games.
In nine total games with Tampa, Austin is hitting .314 (11-for-35) with seven RBIs, after hitting .320 with 14 home runs and 54 RBIs in 70 games and earning an all-star selection with the Single-A Charleston RiverDogs.
Tampa, which after a fourth-place finish during the first half of the Florida State League, is in first place in the North division, wrapped up its series with Charlotte Thursday and will open a three-game set at home against Brevard County tonight at 7 p.m.