Baby Bombers 2014 Playoff Blog: Yankees1 drop Game 3, GCL Championship Series to Red Sox
The Red Sox scored single runs in each of the first two innings against starter Manolo Reyes -- the first on a bases-loaded RBI groundout by Michael Chavis and the second on a bases-loaded, two-out walk drawn by Rusney Castillo -- and then exploded in the fifth off relievers Matt Marsh and Hayden Sharp to take a 6-0 lead.
Javier Guerra, who finished the series 5-for-13 with three RBI, led off the inning with a homer off Marsh. After Marsh retired the next two batters, Victor Acosta singled and Luis Alexander Basabe smacked an RBI double to score Acosta and make it 3-0.
Sharp took over at that point, but allowed three straight singles (including RBI knocks by Trenton Kemp and Devon Fisher) before retiring Castillo to end the inning.
The Yankees, who had just four hits on the day and only two baserunners in the first five innings, finally got on the board in the sixth when Bryan Cuevas smacked a two-out triple off Luis Ramos and Thairo Estrada followed with an RBI single to make it 6-1.
That was all for the rally though, and after the Red Sox added a pair of insurance runs thanks to Chavis' two-run homer in the eighth, Yankory Pimentel shut down the Yankees to nail down the game, series and championship win for the Sox.
Offensively, the Yankees had just six baserunners on the day. Leonardo Molina was the only Yankee besides Cuevas and Estrada to notch a hit, going 2-for-4 with singles in the third and seventh innings, and Drew Bridges (fifth) and Cesar Diaz (eighth) were the recipients of the only two walks issued by Red Sox pitching.
On the mound, Reyes takes the loss despite allowing just two runs on three hits (with two walks and one strikeout) in 1 2/3 innings. Following Reyes, Sharp (3 IP, 3 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 3 K) and Marsh (1 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 1 BB, 2 K) were on the business end of the big Sox inning. Johnny Drozd (1 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 3 K) allowed the two-run homer in the eighth and Joey Maher (1 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 1 BB, 1 K) finished it out.
As for the Rusney Castillo watch, the Cuban import once again led off -- this time playing center field, however - and was 0-for-3 with the RBI walk before being replaced defensively in the bottom of the sixth inning.
And with that, Monday officially marks the end of the line for the Baby Bombers as a whole this season. The GCL's Yankees1 and Yankees2 (who lost to the Yankees1 in the one-game GCL semifinal last Friday) were the only two of the seven domestic affiliates to reach the postseason, and after the Tampa Yankees finished their year on Sunday, the teams in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Trenton, Charleston and Staten Island all concluded their regular seasons on Monday.