Friday was a bad day for some Gulf Coast Yankees pitchers, and because of that it was a bad day for both Gulf Coast Yankees teams. Yankees 1 fell to the Tigers 9-6 and the Yankees 2 lost to the Phillies 7-2 in ten innings.
Yankees 1 starter Juan Escorcia managed to give up six earned runs while only allowing one hit. How does one do that? Eight walks. Escorcia had a problem with walks last year in the Dominican Summer League, but this had to be a different experience. The 19-year-old Columbian has talent, but he will have to find the strike zone before he can develop as a pitcher. Escorcia was relieved by Jose Mesa, who gave up two runs in 2.1 innings, and that was enough damage to doom the offense.
That’s not to say the offense had a bad day, as they put up twelve hits and five players had multi-hit games. Donny Sands, Chris Gittens, Trey Amburgey, Bryan Cuevas, and catcher Jerry Seitz all had two hits for the Yankees 1, and both of Gittens’ hits were doubles. He also drove in two runs.
The flair for the dramatic that has characterized the GCL Yankees 2 of late showed up again on Friday, but it was not enough. Trailing by two runs in the bottom of the ninth, Renzo Martini hit a two-run home run to tie the game. Being at home, the Yankees only needed to hold the Phillies scoreless to give themselves a chance to win in the bottom half of the tenth. That’s when things went downhill quickly.
Brandon Stenhouse, an 18-year-old Australian, had pitched a one-two-three ninth, but he did not enjoy the tenth as much. He allowed five baserunners in the inning, and every one of them scored. The five-run deficit was the eventual difference in the final score.
Leonardo Garcia had a solid start for the Yankees 2, going 5.1 innings and only allowing a run on one hit. He was relieved by 2.2 innings of shutout baseball from Rolando Calvo.
The offense only managed six hits on the day, including two from Renzo Martini. Yonauris Rodriguez, Andy Diaz, Pedro Urena, and Dominic Jose had the other four.