The Gulf Coast Yankees teams had their hitting shoes on Friday, combining for 25 hits and 20 runs as they each came away with wins.
The Yankees 1 blew out the Blue Jays 13-2 in Dunedin. A number of Yankees had nice days at the plate. Cesar Diaz had two hits, walked twice, and scored twice. Wilkerman Garcia had two hits and drove in three. Chris Gittens and Leonardo Molina each delivered two hits, and Bryan Cuevas, in another “Why am I still here?” performance, had three hits, scored twice, homered, and knocked in three.
After starter Luis Rosario allowed two runs in four innings, winner Juan Escorcia, Hobie Harris, Andrew Chin, and Icezack Fleming combined to shut out the Blue Jays the rest of the way.
The Yankees 2 handled the Astros 7-2 in Tampa. They sent eleven players to the plate on the day, and ten of them recorded hits. Even catcher Eduardo Navas enjoyed hit first hit of the season. Only one of their eleven team hits was for extra bases, and that came off of the bat of Pedro Urena, who also scored twice. Yonauris Rodriguez had the only multi-hit game for the Yankees 2.
Leonardo Garcia was the only Yankees 2 pitcher to struggle on Friday, as he allowed both Astro runs on two hits and five walks in 2.2 innings, and yet he came away with the win. The other four pitchers for the Yankees 2, Jonathan Holder, who was on a rehab assignment, Brandon Stenhouse, Cameron Pongs, and Andrew Schwaab, did not allow so much as a hit.