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Renzo Martini (Bryan Green)

Martini Leads GCL Yankees 2 to Victory

With only two games left on their schedule and no chance of participating in the league playoffs, the Gulf Coast Yankees 2 are looking to end the season on a high note. On Thursday they won their third straight, beating the Astros 6-4 in Tampa.

The Yankees 2 got a big offensive performance from first baseman Renzo Martini. He went 3 for 4, doubled twice, and drove in 5 of the Yankees’ 6 runs. Martini has put up good numbers throughout the season, but at 23 he is a bit old for the league and as a first or third baseman he has too much competition in the organization to see a clear path to promotion.

The Yankees 2 also got two hits apiece from third baseman Dermis Garcia and catcher Brian Reyes, and outfielders Dominic Jose and Greidy Encarnacion each scored twice.

Starter Dallas Martinez and reliever Cameron Pongs had trouble keeping the Astros off the board, allowing nine hits and four runs in five innings, but Brandon Stenhouse (3-2) and Claudio Custudio (first save) held them hitless for the rest of the game.

The Yankees 1 were rained out.

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