The GCL Marlins took an early lead in the championship game in the third inning of the contest, but were unable to hold on to it.
The GCL Marlins had runners in scoring position all over the place in the early innings but couldn't come up with a timely hit when it really mattered. The GCL Marlins lost the lead in the fourth when starting pitcher, Mason Hope, gave up a solo home run to tie the game at 1-1.
The GCL Yankees would take the lead in the eighth when the GCL Marlins made two errors in the inning to allow an unearned run to score, to make it 2-1. The GCL Yankees would then add on another run to in the ninth to make the final score 3-1.
So basically what we are looking at here is a failure to drive in runs with players all over the bases, giving up solo shots and making errors to fall behind. They have already gotten the Marlins standard operating procedure down. It is what the big club does, with the exception of having a good enough season to make it all the way to the championship.
In the last three years, the Gulf Coast League Marlins have made it to the Championship Series twice. Didn't win either of them, but that is besides the point. While I know the minors are pretty thinned as far as Major League ready players, there may be some promise as far as the youngest ones go. But it is a long way from the GCL to the Majors, however, there is a good reason to have hope for the very distant future.
Good job guys. You did us proud.