The results of the GCL Yankees on Tuesday were vaguely similar to those of Monday. The Yankees 1 got pounded by the Braves 10-5 while the Yankees 2 outlasted the Pirates 4-3.
The Yankees 1 have now been lit up for 22 runs in two days, and all three of their pitchers today, Gean Batista, Travis Hissong, and Hayden Sharp, each gave up at least three runs apiece. Offensively, the star was designated hitter Alexander Palma, who homered, doubled, and drove in two. Dalton Smith also hit a two-run homer, and the Yankees 1 got triples from shortstop Bryan Cuevas and third baseman Ryan Lindemuth while center fielder Leonardo Molina doubled. Cesar Diaz got his first GCL hit.
The pitching performance was much better from the Yankees 2. Six pitchers combined to allow only two hits in nine innings while striking out twelve. Starter Melvin Morla shut out the Pirates for four innings, giving up only one hit while punching out six. Morla was relieved by Joey Maher, a 38th-round pick in 2011 out of a New Hampshire high school who has battled injury problems and was making his 2014 debut. When Maher is right he throws a heavy sinker and is an interesting sleeper prospect. He hopefully has put his health issues behind him for the time being, because at 22 he’ll need to start pushing up the minor league chain.
The offense was boosted by home runs from right fielder Ramon Flores and first baseman RJ Johnson. Multiple-hit performances came from the bats of Flores, designated hitter Chris Gittens, and right fielder Jose Augusto Figueroa, who is streaking at 13 for his last 38.