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GCL Yanks Split Games As Reinforcements Arrive

The GCL Yankees 1 made it two in a row today, and they got more of what they’ve gotten recently from some usual suspects in a 4-2 win over the Astros.

Ramon Flores, in what appears to have been his last rehab appearance in the GCL, homered, doubled, and drove in two. Two other hot hitters, Alexander Palma and Drew Bridges, combined to go 5 for 7 with three doubles, and another contributor turned out to be newcomer Cesar Diaz, who went 2 for 3 with a double and a run scored.

The Yankees 1 also got predictably good performances on the mound from winner Luis Cedeno, who threw five shutout innings while punching out six, and closer Jonny Drozd, who picked up his sixth save while recording three of his four outs via strikeout.

The GCL Yankees 2 did not have as much fun today, falling to the Blue Jays 8-2. Most of the damage was done against starter Elvin Perez, who gave up six runs in 3.1 innings, and Eduardo Rivera continued his struggles in relief giving up two more runs in only two and a third.

The offense only put up six hits, and only one of those was for extra bases, a double by designated hitter Junior Valera. Speaking of Valera, his pinch-hitter in the seventh inning was another new face from the Dominican Summer League. Allison Reyes, 21, singled in his first GCL at-bat, finally making it stateside after four years in the DSL. Reyes, mostly a second baseman, came over after a good season in the Dominican, where he hit .296/.399/.435 with five homers.

Both GCL teams remain in first place with about a week to go in the regular season.

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