Scoreboard

Rookie – Arizona Complex League Guardians 12, Arizona Complex League Athletics 6
Rookie – Dominican Summer League Guardians Blue 5, Dominican Summer League Royals Glass 2 (Completion of Suspended game from June 14)
Rookie – Dominican Summer League Guardians Blue 4, Dominican Summer League Royals Glass 2 (Scheduled Game – 7 innings)
Rookie – Dominican Summer League Giants Black 19, Dominican Summer League Guardians Red 12

NOTE:  Efforts that were more notable for what said player did in the June 14 portion of the suspended DSL Blue game are not listed.  I refer you back to that day’s ATF column.

HIGHLIGHTS

Marlin Made (ACL, 1B): 2-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 1 K – One of, if not the, best game of Made’s career came last night as he begins to show signs of shaking off he rust from two seasons away from competitive baseball (the canceled 2020 campaign and a 2021 spent in the Development Group – the group of guys that are in Goodyear but not assigned to the ACL roster – “EST/DG” tab on our rosters page).  He has at least one hit and one RBI in each of his last three games (his RBI, totals in those three games read “2, 1, 6” – an omen?) and has homered in the first and third of those games.  This may seem to be making a lot of a small sample size, but this RBI explosion has propelled him into a tie for tenth in the DSL in RBI – as well as the A-Guards lead – at 16 for the season.  Fun Fact: Not only was his grand slam the first of his career, it was also only the second multi-run homer he has hit in an official pro game and his first to clear the fences (He hit a two-run inside-the-park homer in the sixth inning of an 11-7 win at the White Sox on June 24).  Hopefully his recent positive offensive trends continue.

Jeffrey Mercedes (DSL Blue – Suspended Game): 3-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K – Anyone can come within a triple of the cycle, but Mercedes came within a single of the fest in this rain-divided contest (the double and homer came yesterday) while driving in three of the Guardians Blue’s four post-resumption runs.

Luis Aparicio (DSL Blue – Scheduled Game, CF-LF): 2-3, 1 BB, 1 SB – Aparicio, the grandson of the legendary shortstop, had an impressive professional debut, reaching base three times in a seven-inning game.  Fun and/or Maddening Fact:  The Indians nearly signed his grandfather in 1953, but GM Hank Greenberg felt he was too small to play in the majors.

Rafael Ramirez (DSL Red, 3B): 3-4, 3 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 BB – Ramirez is on a 16-game on-base streak.  Not bad for a guy who has only played 19 professional games (18 of which he has reached safely in).  Yesterday’s three-hit effort extended his hit streak to eight games, including all five games in July, during which he;s slashing .318/.348/.409.

Victor Izturis (DSL Red, C): 2-4, 2 R, 4 RBI, 1 SF, 1 E – Izturis has driven in 15 runs in 18 games after his four-RBI Monday, which was his third multi-RBI game of his rookie campaign – including a five-RBI day against the Guardians Blue in only his fourth professional game on June 19.

BEST OF THE REST

Wuilfredo Antunez (ACL, CF): 1-5, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 SB – Antunez stole his eleventh base of the season, tying him for second in the ACL with Dodgers CF Julio Enrique (three behind Reds 2B Carlos Jorge).

Angel Genao (ACL, SS): 3-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SF, 1 SB – Genao extended his on-base streak to eleven games with his fourth straight multi-hit performance.

Sterling Romero (ACL, RF): 3-6, 1 R, 1 RBI, 3 K, 1 CS – Romero has reached base in all seven games he has played in this season after starting the season in the Development Group .  His slugging percentage dropped slightly after last night’s game, but his on-base percentage improved by exactly the same amount to keep his OPS at 1.003.

Maick Collado (ACL, 3B): 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K – Collado has reached base in all 14 games he has played this season.  The streak consists of a pair of six-game hitting streaks (the latter one still active) connected by two games in which he kept the on-base streak alive via walk.

Manuel Mejias (ACL, C): 2-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 HBP – After struggling to start his stateside career in June (.216/.293/.351 with five RBI in eleven games), Mejias is thriving in July (.500/.619/.625 with six RBI in five games).

Victor Soteldo (ACL, RP): W (2-1), 2 IP, 1 H, 2 K – Soteldo has only allowed five earned runs in eleven innings this season.  When you subtract a four-run disaster at the Reds on June 18, he’s only allowed one earned run in ten frames, and that run came in his season debut.

Felipito Santos (ACL, RP): 2 IP, 1 BB, 1 K – Santos, who closed out the victory with a pair of no-hit frames, has not allowed a run in four innings during the month of July.

Jose Cedeno (DSL Blue – Suspended Game, C): 2-3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 HBP – Cedeno drove in the Blue squad’s other Monday run on the second of his two singles in this game (both hit yesterday).

Miguel Cordones (DSL Blue – Suspended Game, RP): W (1-0, or is it 1-1?…) 2.2 IP, 3 H, 2 K – Cordones entered yesterday with a 0-1 record.  He finished yesterday’s suspended contest 1-0.  How did this happen?  Simple, the entire suspended contest is treated for statistical purposes as happening on the day it started.  So, to review:  Did Cordones get his first individual victory of the season yesterday?  Yes.  Did Cordones get his first individual victory on June 14th?  Yes.  Does the space-time continuum exist?  Not in suspended games.

Jesus Montilla (DSL Blue – Scheduled Game, SS): 2-2, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB – Montilla’s July so far has been one big five-game hitting streak, so it’s not surprising that his slash line for the month is .500/.619/.813.

Erickson Sarita (DSL Blue – Scheduled Game, starting LF): 1-3, 1 2B ,1 RBI – While all of Sarita’s notable contributions to the suspended contest came nearly a month ago, Erickson extended his RBI streak to three games with a sixth-inning double in the scheduled game.

Christopher Espinola (DSL Red, CF): 2-4, 2 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB,1 SB – Espinola has had a productive plate appearance in 16 of his 18 games played this season and has a positive entry in the boxscore in every game except the opener if you count stealing a base after reaching on an Astros Blue fielding error on June 16 (a game in which he also reached on a fielder’s choice).

Pedro Hernandez (DSL Red, LF): 1-3, 2 R, 2 BB – Hernandez extended his on-base streak to 13 games by reaching thrice in yesterday’s slugfest.

Yefri Rivera (DSL Red, RF): 2-3, 2 R – Rivera is slashing .355/.429/.403 (.438/.526/.500) and is batting (checks boxscore)…NINTH!!!

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