Baby Bombers 2013 Playoff Log: One and Done for the GCL Yankees
The GCL Yankees dropped a 3-0 decision to the GCL Red Sox on Friday afternoon in Tampa, ending the rookie-level squad's impressive season a few wins shy of a championship.
The Gulf Coast League uses a one-game semifinal format to pare the four division winners down to two, and the Northeast Division champion Baby Bombers earned the right to host the Sox by having the second-best record among the final four.
The Yankees, whose lineup included outfielder Tyler Austin as part of his rehab assignment, notched eight hits, but were unable to scratch any runs across against four Red Sox pitchers.
The Sox, however, got two first-inning runs off Felipe Gonzalez thanks to a Wendell Rijo RBI single and an RBI double from Aneudis Peralta. Nick Longhi added an insurance run with a solo homer off Jose Pena in the ninth.
Offensively for the Yankees, eight of the nine starters reached base at least once, with designated hitter Jorge Alcantara going 2-for-4 and Austin finishing 1-for-4 with a walk.
On the mound, Gonzalez was impressive after his first inning woes, allowing just one hit over his next three frames and striking out 10 total Red Sox in four innings. Chad Taylor pitched three near-perfect innings in relief - allowing his only baserunner because of a throwing error by shortstop Abi Avelino - and Kenedy Agramonte had a walk and a strikeout in a scoreless eighth before Pena (1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 K) finished it out.
The loss means that the organization's hopes for a Minor League championship this year now rest solely on the Trenton Thunder, who entered Friday needing only one win in their season-ending five game series in Portland to clinch an Eastern League Wild Card berth.
As for the Gulf Coast League, the Red Sox will now face the Nationals, who won their 50th game of the season by defeating the defending league champion Pirates in the other semifinal, in a best-of-three series next week to determine this year's champions.