Scoreboard

Rookie – Arizona Complex League Brewers Blue 14, Arizona Complex League Guardians 3
Rookie – Dominican Summer League Astros Orange 3, Dominican Summer League Guardians Blue 1 (completion of game suspended on August 2)
Rookie – Dominican Summer League Astros Orange 14, Dominican Summer League Guardians Blue 8 (Scheduled Game – 7 INNINGS)
Rookie – Dominican Summer League Astros Blue 4, Dominican Summer League Guardians Red 3 (Game 1 – 7 INNINGS)
Rookie – Dominican Summer League Guardians Red 6, Dominican Summer League Astros Blue 4 (Game 2 – ENDED IN TOP OF 6 DUE TO LIGHTNING)

NOTE:  Performances from the Completed Game for DSL Blue are those that included notable elements from yesterday’s resumption.  Performances primarily or entirely notable for what the player did on august 2 can be found under the “Notable Performances in Suspended Game” heading of my August 2 ATF.

HIGHLIGHTS

Angel Contreras (ACL, 1B): 0-2, 2 BB, 1 K – Contreras’ on-base streak reached 16 games last night despite him being hitless in his last twelve.  Even more surprisingly, this is only the third time (including his last two games) that he has extended the streak solely through one or more walks.  The main source of this streak has been his Brandon Guyer-esque penchant for getting hit by pitches.  He has been hit in 12 of the 16 games of the streak for a total of 17 plunkings.  The question now is whether his first pair of HBP-free games since late June means that he has made the necessary adjustments in his approach at the plate to avoid becoming a baseball or if it’s just an anomaly.

Kendeglys Virguez (DSL Red – Game 2, RP): W (1-5), 3 IP, perfect, 8 K – Virguez struck out eight of the nine batters he faced (including the first seven in a row) swinging to earn his first professional individual victory as he also made it back-to-back scoreless outings for the first time in his rookie season (part of a five-game streak of allowing one or less earned run per outing).  While his overall numbers are…let;s just say not good, Kendeglys seems to be putting his early-season struggles behind him.

BEST OF THE REST

Juan Benjamin (ACL, SS): 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 E – Benjamin has reached in all four games since being sent back down from Single-A Lynchburg, slashing .286/.412/.429 in 17 plate appearances.

Sterling Romero (ACL, CF): 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K – Romero broke out of an 0-for-9 slump with one of two two-hit performances for the ACL Guardians last night.

Jose Pastrano (ACL, 3B): 2-4, 1 RBI – Pastrano has reached base in back-to-back games played for the second time this month after this two-hit night and a three-walk Saturday.

Victor Sotledo (ACL, RP): 2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, K, 1 HBP – Soteldo’s twelfth straight game without an earned run allowed (17 innings) was the highlight of an otherwise brutal night for the A-Guards pitching staff.

Nomar Velasquez (DSL Blue – completed Game, 2B): 3-5, 1 R,  SB, 1 CS – Velasquez’s seventh-inning single was the highlight of an otherwise dreadful completion of the August 2 contest for the Guardians Blue.

Nomar Velasquez (DSL Blue – Scheduled Game, DH): 0-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB – Velasquez also had a noteworthy Scheduled Game, extending his Guardians Blue and Guardians DSL organization-leading stolen base total to 16 in the second inning.

Moises Molero (DSL Blue – Scheduled Game, RF): 3-3, 1 R,1 RBI, 1 SF, 1 CS, 1 E – Molero was the star of a contest that saw the Guardians Blue score eight runs without a single RBI hit.  In fact, Molero’s sac fly was the only run-scoring play that wasn’t a (non-sac bunt) groundout or fielding error.

Rafael Ramirez (DSL Red – Game 1, 3B): 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K – Ramirez’s third-inning two-run blast to right (his second homer of the season) provided both of the Guardians Red’s non-sac fly RBI in the opener of yesterday’s doubleheader.

Victor Izturis (DSL Red – Game 1, C): 2-3, 2 R – Izturis had the Red squad’s other two hits in the opener.

Jogly Garcia (DSL Red – Game 1, SP): ND, 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R (both earned), 1 BB, 2 K – Garcia pitched five innings in a professional game for the first time in his career.

Pedro Hernandez (DSL Red – Game 2, SS): 2-4, 1 R – Hernandez rebounded from a hitless return to action on Saturday with this multi-hit effort.

Jaison Chourio (DSL Red – Game 2, DH): 1-1, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 CS, Picked Off 1 time – Chourio broke out of an 0-for-7 mini-slump with this perfect game at the plate.

Alan Romero (DSL Red – Game 2, C): 0-1, 2 K – Romero boosted his DSL on-base percentage by 123 points (from .091 to .214) with a pair of walks following a 1-for-8 start after a rare in-season demotion from stateside ball (heck, any demotion to the DSL is rare).

Oscar Cedeno (DSL Red – Game 2, 1B): 1-2, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, Picked Off 1 time – Cedeno’s two-run triple in the third gave the Guardians Red a lead they would not relinquish.

Franklin Bolivar (DSL Red – Game 2, RP): 0.1 IP, 1 R (earned), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 2 BK, 1 WP – The organization;s lone win of the day nearly didn’t happen as lightning intervened to end the second game early with two Astros Blue on base with a run already in and only one out in a rough top of the sixth for Bolivar.

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