The rain on the West Coast of Florida may have stopped, but the losing hasn’t for the Gulf Coast Yankees. Three games were played on Wednesday and the Yankees came out on the short end of all of them.
The GCL Yankees 1 were swept in Lakeland by the Tigers, losing the first game 5-2 and the second 5-3.
The first loss can’t be pinned on the bats of Wilkerman Garcia, Donny Sands, or Chris Gittens, as the 2-3-4 hitters combined to go 6 for 11 with three runs scored. Gittens homered and drove in three. The damage was done early in the game, with all five Tigers runs coming in the first three innings against starter Jean Ramirez (0-2).
The second game was a similar story. The Tigers put up the deciding runs early against Yankees 1 starter Anderson Severino (2-2), and the offense couldn’t pick them up. A bright spot in the lineup was Donny Sands again, who went 2 for 3 with a double, a run scored, and a run batted in.
The GCL Yankees 2 were blown out by the Phillies 12-3 in Tampa. The Phillies did all of their scoring against Yankees 2 pitchers Leonardo Garcia (1-2), Brandon Stenhouse, and Kevin Magallanes. On offense, the Yankees 2 got multi-hit games from Yancarlos Baez, who had three, and both Griffin Garabito and Jose Infante, who had two apiece.