The Gulf Coast Yankees were seeing double on Monday, as both teams played two.
The GCL Yankees 1 dropped a pair to the Braves, losing the first game 4-2 in a makeup of a July 31 rainout and the second 5-1.
Starter Jean Ramirez (0-3) took the loss in the first game, giving up three of the Braves’ four runs. The only standout on the offensive side was Jordan Barnes, who was a perfect 3 for 3 and drove in a run.
The second game did not offer much difference, as starter Abel Duarte (4-2) got touched up for five runs in five innings, and the offense did not offer much in the way of run support. The only multi-hit performer was Wilkerman Garcia, who also drove in the Yankees’ lone run.
The GCL Yankees 2 split two with the Pirates, dropping the first game 4-0 but winning the second 7-1.
The Yankees 2 managed only two hits in the shutout loss, so only the pitching is worth mentioning. An unearned run charged to reliever Leonardo Garcia (1-2) was enough to get him the loss, but the major damage was done to Claudio Custodio, who gave up the remaining Pirate runs. Most notably, the Yankees’ first-round pick from the 2015 draft, James Kaprielian, took the mound for two scoreless innings and struck out two.
The Yankees 2 offense woke up in the second game, knocking out 12 hits. Isiah Gilliam had three hits, catcher Eduardo Navas had two hits and drove in two, and Renzo Martini went 2 for 4 with two runs scored and a two-run homer.
Starter Christian Morris struck out five in four innings and reliever Omar Luis (2-2) shut out the Pirates the rest of the way. After a bumpy start to his pro career, Morris has now allowed only one earned run in his last 12.1 innings pitched.