A late charge was not enough to lift the GCL Yankees 1 over the Pirates, as they fell 6-5 on Tuesday in Tampa.
The Pirates led 6-0 after scoring a run in the top of the seventh inning. The Yankees 1 responded with five unanswered runs. They had two runs in the bottom of the ninth after Bryan Cuevas drove in Cesar Diaz and Daniel Barrios with an extra base hit, but Cuevas tried to stretch his hit into a triple and was thrown out at third. He would have been the tying run at second base with one out, but instead a Trey Amburgey pop-out ended the game.
Starter Alexander Vargas was roughed up for four innings, but the Yankees 1 got five innings of solid relief from Icezack Flemming and Jose Pujols. They combined to strike out seven and allow one earned run.
The Yankees 1 rang up twelve hits on offense, getting two hits apiece from Donny Sands, Trey Amburgey, and catcher Alvaro Noriega. Besides Cuevas, the Yankees 1 got doubles from Noriega and Danienger Perez.
The GCL Yankees 2 were leading 1-0 in the third inning when their game with the Tigers was suspended by rain. It will be completed on July 22.