With the incredible amount of rainfall in the Tampa area over the past two weeks, it has gotten to the point where completing a baseball game has become a rarity, but believe it or not both of the Gulf Coast Yankees teams were able to play the front ends of double headers on Saturday.
The GCL Yankees 1 were so excited to play that they pounded out 17 hits in an 11-5 win over the Braves at Disney. Every starter had at least one hit, and five players had multi-hit games. Leadoff hitter Cesar Diaz had a huge day, going 4 for 5 with a triple and a home run. He knocked in three. Left fielder Trey Amburgey had a perfect day, reaching base in all four plate appearances with three hits and a walk. He scored twice and drove in two. The Yankees 1 also got two hits apiece from Wilkerman Garcia, Danienger Perez, and Victor Rey. Garcia and Perez each scored twice and Rey had two runs batted in.
Since the Yankees 1 scored in every inning, starting pitcher Alexander Vargas didn’t need to put up a good stat line to win, which is good because he didn’t. Vargas allowed all five of the Braves’ runs and put nine men on base in his five innings of work. Reliever Jean Ramirez worked two clean innings to finish off the Braves.
The Yankees 2 also took to the road, but the results were different. They fell to the Pirates 6-3 in seven innings.
The Pirates scored five unearned runs, but that was a result of taking advantage of two Yankee errors. They outhit the Yankees 11 to 8 and rang up a 6-0 lead by the end of the third inning. Losing pitcher Cameron Pongs gave up the first two Pirate runs and reliever Daris Vargas fared worse.
The Yankees 2 spread out eight hits among seven players, with only Isiah Gilliam recording a two-hit game. Gilliam doubled and drove in a run, continuing a nice start to his professional career. His overall average now sits at .306 after seventeen games.
Both the Yankees 1 and Yankees 2 were rained out in the second games of their double dips.