The GCL Yankees 1 showed their buddies on Yankees 2 that they weren’t the only ones who could walk people off, as they came back on the Astros to win 9-8 in Tampa.
Down two runs in the bottom of the ninth, the Yankees 1 mounted a comeback that wouldn’t rank as pretty but was nonetheless effective. Trey Amburgey led off with a walk but was forced at second on a ground ball by Leonardo Molina. Victor Rey followed with a walk and was run for by Cesar Diaz. The next batter, Bryan Cuevas, reached on an error that scored Molina and left runners on second and third. Designated hitter Joey Falcone was intentionally walked to load the bases with one out, and then pinch hitter Chris Gittens was unintentionally walked to tie the game. The game was over when another error was made off the bat of Terrance Robertson.
The three runs on no hits belied attack of singles the Yankees 1 put up in the game. Every starter had at least one hit, and not one was for extra bases. First baseman Daniel Barrios, Joey Falcone, Leonardo Molina, and Donny Sands each had two hits, and Terrance Robertson had three. Sands drove in three runs and Robertson scored twice.
The pitching performances of Abel Duarte and Hobie Harris were not remarkable, but the win was picked up by Alex Bisacca, a 35th rounder out of Sam Houston State this year.
The Yankees 2 didn’t have a walk-off win as they had the previous two days, but that didn’t stop them from winning in their last at-bat. They beat the Blue Jays 4-3 in ten innings.
The winning run scored somewhat unconventionally. With the score tied at three and one out in the top of the tenth, Kevin Cornelius singled. He then moved to second on a passed ball, tagged and moved to third on an Andy Diaz fly ball, and scored on a wild pitch.
Reliever Andrew Schwaab decided he’d rather have the win than a save, as he allowed the tying run in the bottom of the ninth, but pitched a scoreless tenth to close out the game. The pitchers in front of Schwaab performed well on Thursday. Starter Daris Vargas went five innings, allowing one earned run and striking out four. He was followed by Juan Jimenez, who also allowed an earned run but struck out six in three innings.
Cornelius, the first baseman, had a big day, going 3 for 4 and scoring twice. Renzo Martini doubled and homered and drove in two. Martini’s day brought his early-season OPS up to 1.026.