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Cleveland DSL season kicks off with sweep as top signings Fran Alduey and Angel Genao impress

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Cleveland minor league recap for July 13, 2021

Cleveland ACL Team 12, ACL White Sox 14

Box Score · Indians fall to 6-4

The Cleveland ACL squad is probably thanking every deity in existence that 10 college pitchers were drafted by Cleveland in the first 10 rounds of the MLB draft the past two days, and it’s because they need pitching .... badly. The international arms that have started the season in the ACL for Cleveland have not been good, and that’s an understatement.

The pitching stunk again yesterday as every one of the five hurlers who appeared allowed at least two earned runs, including a four-spot in the bottom of the eighth inning that blew a 12-10 lead.

Three important rehab assignments continued Monday. The first was Jordan Luplow (remember him?), who went 1-for-2 with a walk in his first game action in over a month. The other was Jhonkensy Noel, who also is rehabbing an ankle ailment. Noel went 0-for-2 with a walk and scored a run.

The final rehab assignment was from Cole Escobedo, who clearly seems ready to return to action in full-season ball as he went 3-for-5 and blasted two home runs.

Another standout offensive performance was from Isaiah Greene, who has been one of the top offensive performers on the Cleveland ACL squad through 10 games. Greene went 2-for-3 with a pair of walks, increasing his OPS to a ridiculous 1.124.

Catcher Micael Ramirez was perfect at the plate, going 1-for-1 with a double, three walks, and a hit-by-pitch. Junior Sanquinton had a pair of hits, going 2-for-5, while Jose Devers went 1-for-4 with a walk.

Cleveland DSL Red 3, DSL Cubs Blue 2 (F/10)

Box Score · DSL Red improves to 1-0

The Cleveland DSL Red squad combined for a one-hitter over 10 innings to eventually walk off against the DSL Cubs Blue team in its season debut on Monday.

Starting pitcher Abel Brito gave up two unearned runs on no hits in 3.1 innings while walking three and striking out two. Felipe Santos followed up with 2.2 scoreless, hitless innings and Logan Franco added 3.0 more scoreless innings, although the bum managed to allow one hit in the process. Luis Garcia, just 18 years old, made his pro debut in the 10th inning with an intentional runner on second base, and he didn’t allow the runner to score.

Offensively, Angel Mendoza went 2-for-4 with two stolen bases, No. 2 international signing from this past January, Fran Alduey, went 1-for-3 with a stolen base and Carlos Gutierrez went 0-for-2 with two walks and a hit by pitch.

In the bottom of the 10th, Simon Rodriguez started on second base, advanced to third on a sacrifice fly, then scored the walk-off winner on a wild pitch.

Cleveland DSL Blue 7, DSL Athletics 3

Box Score · DSL Blue improves to 1-0

Angel Genao, the top Cleveland international signing in January, made his presence felt immediately in the DSL league. Having just turned 17 years old less than two months ago, Genao led off for the DSL Blue squad and promptly went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a walk. Talk about a great first impression!

Christopher Espinola went 1-for-2 with two walks, Juan Rodriguez went 0-for-1 with two walks and a sacrifice fly and Lexer Saduy went 1-for-3 with a triple and a walk.

On the pitching side of the equation, Kenny Pinto allowed three runs (two earned) in four innings on three hits while striking out one and walking two. The bullpen was tremendous as Robert Cruz tossed three perfect innings with three strikeouts to earn the win and Dahan Batista added two perfect innings with a pair of strikeouts to seal the victory.

All other teams had scheduled days off.