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Allen Valerio (Pinstriped Prospects File Photo/Bryan Green)

GCL Yankees 1 Win Second Straight

At Lakeland’s Tigertown, the GCL Yankees 1 (26-13) won their second straight against the GCL Tigers by a score of 8-5. Alexander Palma continued his recent hot streak with three hits. He is 9 for his last 18 with 6 RBI and 4 steals. Center fielder Dominic Jose, a late-round draft pick this year out of Stanford, had went 4 for 5 with two doubles playing in his first full game since July 21.

Chris Cabrera got the win in relief, and he still has not allowed an earned run in 19.1 innings pitched this year while striking out 23. Francis Joseph earned his second save, and the 20-year old has now struck out 26 in his 21.1 innings of GCL work.

Back in Tampa, the GCL Yankees 2 (25-17) dropped their second straight to the GCL Phillies, albeit in a higher-scoring affair from the day before. The first four hitters in the Yankees’ lineup did damage. Jose Figueroa, Graham Ramos, Angel Anguilar, and Allen Valerio combined to go 10 for 19 with four runs scored and six RBI. The rest of the lineup produced not a single hit. The offense produced seven runs, led by Aguilar’s four hits and Ramos’ first professional home run, but it was not enough to overcome the eleven runs the pitching staff surrendered.

Hard-throwing Melvin Morla took the loss in a start he’d probably like to put behind him. Morla gave up five runs in three innings, walked four, gave up two homers, and struck out no one. The only Yankee pitcher not to surrender a run was lefty Hector Martinez, who has only allowed one earned run in his last 16 innings pitched.

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