SANTO DOMINGO, D.R. -- The sun had been up for less than six hours, and Elvin Rodriguez and Richard De Los Santos had already combined for the best game of their professional careers.
In the first game of a double-header between the DSL Angels and DSL Brewers, Rodriguez and De Los Santos combined for a seven-inning no-hitter in the Dominican Republic's capital on a sunny Thursday morning.
Rodriguez cruised through five innings, seeing just two base runners and facing one over the minimum. One base runner reached on a fielding error by the shortstop in the second, and was soon retired on a double play groundout. The second, a walk by Antonio Perez, leadoff the fifth.
Rodriguez was replaced by De Los Santos for the final two innings and he found similar success. Two strikeouts, three groundouts, another walk to Perez, and fly out to finish the affair.
De Los Santos, 21, is shining in his first season as a professional baseball player, holding a 0.69 ERA. Rodriguez, 18, is in a similar situation in his second professional season, possessing a 1.08 ERA, and flashing excellent numbers across the board with a 0.640 WHIP, 2.52 BB/9 and 10.44 K/9.
In a similar fashion, the international Brewers pitching staff held the Halos to just one hit, but allowed two runs on a walk and an error. Both runs were scored by Leonardo Rivas who singled to leadoff the fourth, stole second a few pitches later, and scored on a fielding error one batter later. Rivas later scored in the game, after stealing second and third following a walk, and came home on a wild pitch.
In his second season with the affiliate, Rivas has turned into the star of the Dominican Angels' affiliate. The 18-year-old shorstop is batting .365 with a .915 OPS, both in the leagues' top 10, and also is the league leader with 14 stolen bases.