Scoreboard

Rookie – Arizona Complex League Brewers Blue 11, Arizona Complex League Guardians 7
Rookie – Dominican Summer League Guardians Blue 5, Dominican Summer League Astros Blue 2
Rookie – Dominican Summer League Guardians Red 7, Dominican Summer League Royals Glass 4

HIGHLIGHTS

Esteban Gonzalez (ACL, CF): 2-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI – Entering last night, Gonzalez had 193 at-bats in 60 professional games over two seasons…and zero home runs.  That all changed in the top of the seventh, when Esteban came to the plate with the bases loaded and sent the ball over the right field fence for a grand slam.

Jose Cedeno (DSL Blue, C): 2-3, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 1 PB – After coming down to earth slightly from a hot start to his professional career (slashed .282/.453/.385 in July after a .413/.548/.587 June), Cedeno looked like he guy who was pulverizing DSL pitching to start the season on Monday.  His pair of two-RBI singles, which gave him his first multi-hit game since July 9, accounted for all but one of the Guardians Blue’s runs and got his OPS back over 1.000 (improving from .998 to 1.013).

REHAB

Ethan Hankins (ACL, SP): 1 IP, perfect, 1 K – Hankins dominated  – admittedly against complex ball opposition – in his return to competitive baseball after 1,067 days away.

BEST OF THE REST

Maick Collado (ACL, 1B): 1-5, 1 R – Collado’s season-opening on-base streak is still intact as August starts and now stands at 22 games.  His hitting streak, which included all 13 games he played in during July, was also extended.

Angel Genao (ACL, SS): 1-4, 2 R, 2 K, 1 HBP – Genao is slashing ,325/.402/.430 this season after this multi-run night.

Yorfran John (DSL Blue, SS): 0-2, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 K – John’s plate discipline (2:5 K:BB ratio in his rookie season so far) helped him score his first two professional runs despite going hitless on Monday.

Luis Aparicio (DSL Blue, RF): 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI – Speaking of firsts, Aparicio hit his first professional home run yesterday in the sixth to drive in the one run Cedeno didn’t.

Moises Molero (DSL Blue, CF): 0-2, 2 BB – While you wouldn’t know it from his .16/.319/.212 slash line, Molero has contributed to the Guardians Blue;s offensive effort in the last eleven games in which he had a plate appearance.  As you might have guessed from the ..133 isolated plate discipline, six of those times came via walk(s) in hitless efforts.

Erickson Sarita (DSL Blue, LF): 1-2, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 SB, 1 outfield assist – Sarita has rebounded from his golden sombrero on July 2 at the White Sox, reaching base in all ten games he has played in since with a hit in nine of them, including the last five.

Brayan Guedez (DSL Red, 3B): 2-5, 1 R, 1 SB, 1 E – Guedez started his August strong with his second multi-hit game in his last four.

Jaison Chourio (DSL Red, CF): 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SB, 1 outfield assist – Chourio snapped a 1-for-14 slump with this stellar day at the plate.

Richard Polanco (DSL Red, DH): 1-2, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 SB – Polanco’s hitting streak now stands at six games, each of which has seen him get exactly one hit.

Christopher Espinola (DSL Red, RF): 2-3, 2 R, 1 HBP, 1 SB, 1 outfield assist – Espinola kept the momentum from a strong finish to July (four multi-hit games in his last seven of the month) with an impressive August debut.

Emilio Taveras (DSL Red, C): 1-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI – Taveras nearly equaled his total base tally from twenty July at-bats (five) in one swing of the bat on the first day of the new month.

Kevin Rivas (DSL Red, 1B): 2-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – Rivas hit his first professional home run in the fifth inning of yesterday’s contest.

Felix Polanco (DSL Red, RP): 1.1 IP, perfect, 3 K – Polanco has allowed only two baserunners (both via walk) while striking out seven in six otherwise perfect innings over his last four outings.

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