By the end of Monday, both of the GCL Yankees teams were in position to clinch their respective divisions tomorrow, but that doesn’t mean they both had successful days.
The GCL Yankees 1 defeated the Phillies 7-2 behind an offense that pounded out sixteen hits and a strong pitching combination of Austin DeCarr, Gean Batista, and Jonny Drozd. Batista got the win and is now 5-1 on the season. He went 5.2 innings and allowed only one run on three hits.
Don’t touch Bryan Cuevas right now. You might burn yourself. He went 4 for 5 today and knocked in three runs, which means since returning from a two-week injury absence Cuevas is 16 for 27. He now leads the league in slugging and is second in batting average.
Another scalding hitter is left fielder Cesar Diaz. With three more hits today, he is now 7 for his last 10. He has made a quick adjustment to the GCL after coming over from the Dominican Summer League a couple of weeks ago.
Other Yankees 1 hitters with multiple hits today were third baseman Drew Bridges and catcher Alvaro Noriega. Shortstop Thairo Estrada, first baseman Dalton Smith, designated hitter Dominic Jose, and center fielder Leonardo Molina all chipped in with singles.
A win tomorrow coupled with a Phillies loss would mean a division championship for the Yankees 1.
The same could be said of the Yankees 2 if they win tomorrow and the Tigers lose. Today, the Yankees 2 fell to the Braves 3-2 in Tampa.
There was little offense to go around for the Yankees2. They could muster only five hits, singles by designated hitter Chris Gittens, right fielder Kevin Alexander, shortstop Yancarlos Baez, and center fielder Jordan Barnes, and a double by left fielder Jose Augusto Figueroa.
Ultimately, the run allowed by Mike Noteware in the eighth inning was the difference in the game, but the loss went to starter Jonathan Padilla, who allowed two runs in 4.1 innings, and his offense couldn’t get them back in time to take him off the hook.