Scoreboard

Rookie – Dominican Summer League Guardians Blue 6, Dominican Summer League Red Sox Blue 0 (SUSPENDED – TOP 5TH – RAIN)
Rookie – Dominican Summer League Guardians Red 10, Dominican Summer League Royals Glass 3 (5 INNINGS – RAIN)

HIGHLIGHT

Rafael Ramirez (DSL Red, 2B): 3-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 SB – Ramirez did a little bit of everything in a spectacular offensive performance representative of his stellar rookie season.  Through his first 23 professional games, he is slashing .292/.406/.416 with seven extra-base hits (four doubles, two triples, and yesterday’s two-run shot to start the scoring in the Guardians Red’s six-run fourth) while driving in 16 runs and stealing seven bases (admittedly in 11 attempts).  While all but the RBI number show some room for improvement, the sheer number of things he does well is promising to say the least.

BEST OF THE REST

Yanki-Jean Baptiste (DSL Red, SS): 0-1, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1 SB, 1 E – Jean-Baptiste’s on-base streak remain unbroken at 16 games despite him going hitless in back-to-back official games for the first time in his pro career.

Jaison Chourio (DSL Red, CF): 1-3, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 SB – Chourio has twenty RBI in 22 games in his rookie season after his third two-RBI game in his last four and fourth multi-RBI game in his last six.  Oh, and he also had an outfield assist on a play at third.

Victor Izturis (DSL Red, C): 2-2, 1 R, 1 RBI. 1 BB – Izturis has nearly equaled his RBI total from 14 June games (ten) in half that many July contests.  All nine of his July RBi have come during an active five-game RBI streak.

Brayan Guedez (DSL Red, DH): 1-2, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 HBP – after only getting hit by one pitch in his first 17 pro games, Guedez has been plunked twice in his last three.

Yefri Rivera (DSL Red, 3B): 1-3, 2 RBI – Rivera extended his hitting streak to seven games and his on-base streak to nine with his RBI single in the fourth.

Emilio Taveras (DSL Red, 1B): 0-2, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SF – Tveras has eight RBI in eleven games this season and a productive plate appearance in each of his last nine games after his fourth inning sac fly to score the Guardians Red’s tenth and final run of the rain-shortened contest.

Kevin Rivas (DSL Red, LF): 0-0, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 SB – Rivas was highly productive on Monday despite the lack of an official at-bat.

Abrahan Tejada (DSL Red, SP): ND, 4 IP, 5 H, 3 R (all earned), 4 BB, 5 K – Tejada threw four shutout, albeit walk-marred, innings before the dam broke in the fifth.

Olmandi Diaz (DSL Red, RP): W (2-2), 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K – Diaz allowed only one of the two inherited runners to score to preserve the lead and, as the weather would have it, the blowout victory.

NOTABLE PERFORMANCES IN SUSPENDED GAME

Yorfran John (DSL Blue, DH): 1-2, 1 BB – John has been solid so far in what will likely eventually go down in the record books as his first full pro game.  He is currently 2-for-3 in his career after hitting a single to lead off last Thursday’s game (and his career) in his only action of that contest as the starting DH.

Nomar Velasquez (DSL Blue, 2B): 3-3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 SB – Two days after his first career multi-hit game, Velasquez followed it up with this partial statline that would be impressive in a final boxscore.  Hopefully, this is the sign of something finally clicking with his swing and not a mere outlier.

Gueile Borrome (DSL Blue, SS): 2-3, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI – Much like Velasquez, a welcome breakout at the plate for a so-far light-hitting middle infielder.

Carlos Gutierrez (DSL Blue, CF): 2-3, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 SB – Gutierrez, on the other hand continued to rake with this stellar partial performance which marked game two of a multi-hit streak and game four of his overall hitting streak.

Oscar Cedeno (DSL Blue, 1B): 1-2, 1 K, 1 SB – If Cedeno gets another hit in this game when it resumes, it would be the sixth game of a multi-total base streak that may well be long over by that time.

Reyden Hidalgo (DSL Blue, LF): 1-3, 2 RBI, 1 K – Hidalgo has at least one RBI in four of his last five games, accounting for five of his eleven RBI this season.

Samuel Parra (DSL Blue, RF): 0-0, 1 R, 3 BB – Like Rivas, a great day without an official at-bat.

Melkis Hernandez (DSL Blue, SP): 4 IP, 1 BB, 8 K, 1 WP, 1 E – I actually debated putting this in “Highlights” because four no-hit innings is definitely worthy of feature status, especially in the pitch-limited and offense-happy world of Rookie ball, and the fact that after four innings, his outing is likely over.  I only kept it down here because he easily could be the restart pitcher when this game resumes, meaning that the chance for this to be a partial line remains.

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