In a day of curious and noteworthy pitching appearances for the Yankees of the Gulf Coast League, there were no wins to be found Saturday.
The Yankees 1 were dropped by the Blue Jays 7-4 in Tampa. Two pitchers on rehab assignments, Dallas Martinez and Aaron Dott, started things off for the Yankees 1, but neither was effective. Hopefully each came out of the outing healthy, as they recorded only two outs combined. The results of Saturday mean very little considering Martinez hadn’t pitched in a game since 2013 and Dott last pitched early in 2014. Martinez may have the tougher road, because he is rehabilitating a dreaded shoulder injury.
Finishing the game for the Yankees 1 was David Palladino. It is unclear why he was pitching in the Gulf Coast League on Saturday being that he has been with the Charleston Riverdogs all season and last pitched six days ago. The most effective pitcher for the Yankees 1 on Saturday was Anderson Severino, who shutout the Blue Jays for 4.2 innings.
The three-through-seven hitters of the Yankees 1 lineup provided all of the offense. Donny Sands and Chris Gittens each had two hits, as did catcher Jerry Seitz, Bryan Cuevas had a knock, and Leonardo Molina had three. Don’t look now, but Molina is hitting .406 in his last ten games. He had struggled to produce in the GCL, including last year, until that point.
On the road the Yankees 2 were edged 3-2 by the Astros. Christian Morris, a 6’4″ righty from Indiana University, made his professional debut on Saturday and took the loss. He threw 3.2 innings and allowed the three Astro runs, two of them earned. Morris was relieved by another pitcher making his pro debut, and interestingly it was Artur Strzalka, a 19-year-old the Yankees signed out of Poland. Strzalka faced only three batters and allowed a walk and a hit.
At the plate the Yankees 2 got runs batted in by Yoncarlos Baez and Renzo Martini, and Martini was the only hitter in the lineup with more than one hit.