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Shane Paz blasts two home runs as Cleveland short season clubs suffer rare sweep defeats

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Cleveland minor league recap for July 16, 2021

Cleveland ACL 2, ACL Brewers 9

Box Score · CLE ACL falls to 8-6

20-year-old catching prospect Shane Paz amounted for all of the Cleveland ACL team’s offense in this one, smashing a pair of solo home runs and raising his season OPS to a ridiculous 1.753. Cleveland catching prospects are absolutely freaking raking across every level. Paz and Micael Ramirez are torching the ACL, Yainer Diaz is lighting up Lynchburg, Bryan Lavastida has been one of High-A’s best hitters and Bo Naylor made the Future’s Game at Double-A. It’s a good problem to have.

Isaiah Greene went 0-1, but walked twice and had a sacrifice bunt (barf). Fellow top outfield prospect Luis Durango also walked twice, but was caught stealing for the third time this season.

Diarlin Jimenez was the lone standout pitcher, tossing 2.1 scoreless, hitless innings with five strikeouts and one walk.

DSL Red 3, DSL Rays2 4

Box Score · DSL Red falls to 4-2

Top middle infield prospect Fran Alduey was the lone DSL Red player to collect a pair of hits, although he was picked off once. He also struck out in his other three plate appearances.

Carlos Gutierrez walked twice, Simon Rodriguez tripled and walked, Ronald Pena went 1-3 with a walk and a stolen base and Lerwin Andrade walked, was hit by a pitch and stole a base.

Walks, errors and wild pitches cost the Red team the game as they gave up eight free passes, committed two errors and two wild pitches allowed a pair of runs to score in the first inning.

DSL Blue 5, DSL Red Sox Red 9

Box Score · DSL Blue falls to 4-2

The DSL Blue squad held a lead 5-3 after putting up a five-spot in the fifth inning, but they allowed six runs in the final four innings to lose the game.

Three DSL Blue players had multi-hit games, including top prospect Angel Genao, who went 2-5 with a stolen base. The others were David Leon, who went 2-4 with a walk and Jesus Montilla, who reached base safely four times, going 2-3 with a walk and a hit by pitch.

That wasn’t the only offensive bright spot as Lexer Saduy walked twice, Christopher Espinola walked twice and stole a base, Miguel Lopez went 1-4 with a walk and a stolen base, and Maick Collado had the big hit, blasting a three-run home run and also walking.

The pitching wasn’t pretty, but Kenny Pinto gave the team a chance to win, allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits with a pair of walks in 4.0 innings. He did not strike out a batter.

All full-season clubs had the day off.