In their best-of-three Gulf Coast League championship series against the Red Sox, the GCL Yankees 1 have found their backs against the wall rather quickly. The Red Sox handled the Yankees 1 on Saturday 6-2.
The Red Sox jumped out to a lead in the first against Austin DeCarr after a two-run home run from Rafael Devers. They tacked on a run against DeCarr in the second when a one-out walk moved to second on an error and then came around to score on a single.
The Yankees didn’t answer until the bottom of the fifth when Dominic Jose led off the inning with a walk and then later scored on a fielder’s choice.
The Red Sox immediately blew the game open in the top of the sixth, as pitcher Gean Batista endured a rough inning in which he surrendered a walk, a single, two doubles, and a home run. After six the Red Sox led 6-1, and that was the game.
The Yankees did plate a run in the bottom of the seventh when Kevin Cornelius singled, went to second on a passed ball, went to third on a wild pitch, and then scored on a Bryan Cuevas sacrifice fly. Cuevas had two hits on the day, as did third baseman Drew Bridges.
Perhaps a bright spot for the Yankees today was the relief pitching of Chris Cabrera, who finished the game with three scoreless innings.
The Yankees take on the Red Sox again on Sunday, and if they don’t win their season is over.