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GCL Yankees 1 Drop Two Games, GCL Yanks 2 Win

The GCL Yankees 1 had a tough day at the Pirate City Complex, losing two games without even playing a double header. Their first loss came in the completion of a game from July 23, as they fell to the Pirates 4-3 in a game they had been leading for weeks. When play resumed in the fifth inning, Luis Cedeno gave up doubles to the first three hitters he faced. He would only allow one more hit, but the damage was done, as the Yankees could only muster singles by Billy Fleming and Tyler Palmer. Though Cedeno took his third loss and remains winless, he is having a good season overall. The 20-year old has pitched to a 1.73 ERA in 26 innings and allowed only 16 hits and 5 walks, which agrees with his scouting report out of the DSL last summer that he was savvy for his age.

The Pirates continued to plunder the Yankees in a seven-inning contest. The Pirates won 6-2 mostly by beating up on Deshorn Lake in the fifth and sixth innings. Lake gave up five runs, four of them earned, in his single inning of work. The offense was only able to supply five hits, all singles, by Leonardo Molina, Drew Bridges, Alvaro Noriega, Dominic Jose, and Griffin Gordon.

Things went a little better for GCL Yankees 2, as they defeated the GCL Tigers 2-1 in Tampa. Yankee pitchers allowed only four hits, and the win went to Jose Pena, who threw two scoreless innings and struck out three. The 23-year old Pena has pitched five games for the Staten Island Yankees, one for the Tampa Yankees of the Florida State League, and now nine games for the GCL Yankees, and overall he has struck out 33 batters in 23.2 innings while allowing only three earned runs. He has a 0.00 ERA in the GCL.

Offensively, the Yankees got two hits apiece from shortstop Angel Aguilar and first baseman Jake Hernandez, who knocked in a run with a double in the first. Hernandez, an undrafted free agent signed out of USC this year, has a nice slash line of .303/361./.485 in 37 games this season to go along with 5 homers and 20 RBI.

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