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August 24, 2021 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Mayer goes yard again, Ramirez dominates

8/24 Cup of Coffee: There were four games played on a relatively question Monday; a doubleheader in the Florida Complex League, and a game for both Dominican Summer League affiliates. The FCL Red Sox swept the doubleheader, collectively scoring 15 runs while allowing just one to their opponent. Meanwhile, the DSL Red Sox Red took a close victory, while the Red Sox Blue let an early lead go to waste.


Marcelo Mayer homered in his first at bat, his second in as many games. When all was said and done, the 18-year-old uber-prospect had scored three times, walked twice, and stolen his first professional base. Danny Diaz gave the Red Sox some separation in the top of the third with a three-run double before Bryan Gonzalez really put the game out of reach in the fifth inning with a three-run homer. Wilkelman Gonzalez was an effective starting pitcher, putting together five one-run innings in which he allowed five hits, and one walk while striking out five batters.

In a makeup game for a rainout back on July 27, Jacob Webb, Cole Milam, and Murphy Andrew combined for a seven-inning, two-hit shutout. Webb struck out the side in the first inning only to be taken out after a lengthy rain delay. Milam was particularly effective, striking out four over 4.2 shutout innings out of the bullpen. Eddinson Paulino provided most of the offense going 3-for-4 with a double, and two RBI while Miguel Ugueto added an RBI double of his own.


It was another dominant outing for Jose Ramirez, who after throwing five scoreless, one-hit innings pick up his third win of the season lowered his ERA to a microscopic 0.33 over 27 innings. The 20-year-old righty has allowed just one earned run this season while holding opposing batters to a .196 OBA. Ahbram Liendo scored both runs, going 1 for 3 with a walk


Yordanny Monegro got the start for the Red Sox Blue team and held the Rangers to just one run on two hits over four innings. The team was leading 3-1 when he left the game, but the bullpen could not hold the lead as Faysel Gregorio and Royman Blanco were collectively roughed up for five runs (three earned). Jhostynxon Garcia and Juan Chacon led the way at the plate with two hits apiece.


Player of the Day: Marcelo Mayer and Bryan Gonzalez homered, but it's Eddinson Paulino who takes home the honor after his three-hit, two-RBI performance. The skinny 19-year-old has not homered yet for the FCL Red Sox but is nonetheless boasting a hearty slash line of .388/.473/.613 with 12 doubles over 93 plate appearances.