The rain has been a formidable opponent of the Gulf Coast Yankees throughout the season, and it was an enemy again on Thursday. In a game shortened to five innings by the rain, the GCL Yankees 2 fell to the Astros 4-2.
While the Yankees 2 out-hit the Astros 6 to 3, they made three errors allowing the Astros to score three unearned runs, and that was the difference in the game. Daris Vargas (2-3) took the loss throwing the extremely rare complete game while pitching only four innings. The defense behind Vargas on Thursday was not altogether different from what he normally experiences. He has allowed 18 runs this season, but only 8 of them have been earned, and his ERA stands at 1.98 for 36.1 innings.
Dominic Jose drove in both runs for the Yankees 2, although he was hitless in one official at-bat. Yonauris Rodriguez, Andy Diaz, and Ozzie Liriano all doubled for the Yankees 2.
The Yankees 1 also had their day shortened by rain, but they managed to complete one seven-inning contest against the Blue Jays. They lost that game 6-4.
Although Anyelo Gomez (0-1) took the loss, the major damage came against Juan Escorcia, who simply has not solved his control problems. Escorcia walked five in 2.1 innings, and now has handed out 33 free passes in 16.1 innings pitched this season. It is tough to succeed pitching that way.
On offense the Yankees 1 got a two-run double from Donny Sands, two hits apiece from Cesar Diaz and Danienger Perez, and another big day from Trey Amburgey, who went 4 for 4 and scored twice. Amburgey, 20, is now 14 for his last 27 and should probably be given a chance to get some at-bats at a higher level before the summer is over.