Dominican Summer League Cards Notebook Week 2

The DSL Cardinals lost two games to weather and three more to their opponents last week. Catcher Fernando Baez is one of the offensive leaders in the early going.

After the Dominican Summer League Cardinals extended their losing streak to seven games at the beginning of the week, they finally collected their first win and went 2-3 during this period.  The Redbirds are 2-8 on the 2011 season and six games out of first with a 1-5 record at home and 1-3 on the road.  


Week Two: June 6-12 Round Up


The Cardinals' June 6th contest at the Mariners was postponed due to weather.


The Cardinals hosted the Brewers on June 7th and were thumped.  The Redbirds were the first to strike, plating two runs in the first two innings but struggling starter Juan Bautista coughed up five runs in the next two frames to give the Brew Crew a 5-3 lead.  The Brewers scored another in sixth on an error then added another seven in the final two innings on relievers Alberth Almeida and Anthony De La Cruz. Fernando Baez and Amauris Capellan each drove in two runs in the Cardinals 13-5 loss.


The Cardinals' June 8th road game against the Athletics was postponed due to weather.


The Cardinals and Mariners faced off in a doubleheader on June 9th with each laying claim to a win.  The Redbirds hosted the first contest and the Mariners pitching staff kept them from scoring in the first five frames.  The M's scored one in the third and two in the fifth off Cardinals starter Hansel De Los Santos, while reliever Addelin Ceballo finished off the game with two scoreless innings.  Fernando Baez grounded out in the bottom of the sixth to put the Cardinals first run on the board and Eduardo Celestino tripled in the second and finale run for the team in the seventh. Mariners tip-toed passed the Redbirds 3-2.


In the second game, the Cardinals and Mariners exchanged scoreless innings in the first two frames.  Junior Agustin drove in the first run of the game, in the third, with a double.  Cardinals' starter Anderson Gerdel had a strong performance only giving up one run in the four innings.  Jose Pena scored on a wild pitch and the combo of Ismael Brito and Kender Villegas closed out the final three innings to give the Cardinals a 2-1 victory and first win of the 2011 season.


The Rays hosted the Cardinals on June 10th and jumped all over the Redbirds right off the bat.  The Rays scored one in the first, two in the second, and two more in the third innings knocking around Luis Perdomo who also struck a season-high six out. The Cardinals didn't get on the board until the George Araujo hit his first professional home run in the seventh and that is all the club could pull off as the Rays won 6-1.


The Athletics visited the Cardinals on June 11th as both teams scored a run in the first to get things started.  The Redbirds added another two, on a RBI single by Leobaldo Pina, in the second and knocked the A's starter out quickly.  The Athletics came through with one run but the Cardinals scored three combined over the fifth and sixth innings.  Ronnierd Garcia knocked in two runs and Fidencio Flores struck out a season-high five as the Redbirds pulled out the 6-4 win despite a late rally by the A's.


The Cardinals had a regularly scheduled day off on June 12th.



Who's Hot


Robelys Reyes will look to continue his three-game multi-game hit streak in the next week.  The 20-year switch-hitter went 11-for-20 (.550) with two doubles, one triple, three runs, one walk, two hit by pitches, three stolen bases, four strikeouts, and two caught stealing.  He played four games at second base (assisted in two double plays) and one as designated hitter.


Fernando Baez made it a second straight week with a homer and drove in more runs that any other player during the period.  The 19-year old right-handed hitter went 3-for-12 (.250) with one double, one home run, three RBIs, one run, three walks, one strikeout, and one caught stealing.  He played all five games at catcher where he threw out 3-of-8 base runners, had two passed balls, and committed two pickoff errors.


Leobaldo Pina extended his hitting streak to a now eight games during the past week.  The 16-year old right-handed hitter went 5-for-18 (.278) with two RBIs, three runs, one walk, three stolen bases, and thee strikeouts.  He played all four games at shortstop and assisted in two double plays.


Fidencio Flores struck out a team-high five in a single appearance during this period.  The 19-year old right-handed made his only relief outing on June 11th allowing two hits, one unearned run, one walk, and striking out five over three and a third innings for the winning decision (1-2).  His ground out-to-fly out ratio was 1-to-3 and he kept the bases loaded without letting one to score.


John DeAguas bounced back from a performance on June 1st to toss a scoreless outing and hold two runners on base.  The 19-year old left-hander threw two and a third scoreless innings on June 10th allowing one hit, two walks, and struck out four.  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 1-to-1 and kept both inherited runners on base.



Who's Not


Daniel Barbuena slumped after a strong first week only to end the second with a three-game hitless streak.  The 18-year old switch-hitter went 1-for-13 (.077) with one run, two walks, one stolen base, and six strikeouts.  He played one game at second base (one fielding error), one at shortstop (one fielding error), and two at designated hitter.


Jose Pena will look to break his four-game hitless streak in the next period.  The 19-year old right-handed hitter went 0-for-8 (.000) with one run, two walks, one hit by pitch, one stolen base, and six strikeouts.  He played one game in right field, one in center, and one between both positions.


Juan Bautista was thumped in his second straight start and saw his ERA shoot up over ten.  The soon-to-turn 18-year old right-hander started on June 7th and allowed six hits, five earned runs, one home run, one walk, hit two batters, threw two wild pitches, struck one out, and assisted in one double play for the losing decision (0-1). He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 3-to-3.


Anthony De La Cruz continued to struggle in his second week, seeing both of his outings keep his ERA over ten.  The 18-year old left-hander made his first on June 7th allowing four hits, three earned runs, one home run, two walks, threw one wild pitch, and struck three out.  He then was knocked out early in his next outing only pitching a third of and inning and giving up one hit, one earned run, and one walk.  De La Cruz had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 0-to-1 and let all three inherited runners score.


Alberth Almeida had a better outing than his first, but not by much.  The 19-year old right-hander appeared on June 7th and gave up one hit, four runs (three earned), two walks, and struck two out.  He had a ground out to fly out ratio of 2-to-1.





Lenny Rosario (Former MiLB Signing-DSL Mets Team One) has made two starts posting an 0-1 record and 6.75 ERA.  He's allowed five runs (three earned), five walks, and struck four out over four innings.


Dennys Abreu (former Tennessee), Jose Martinez (former Springfield), Orlando Munoz (former GCL), Alberto Rivero (former GCL), Wilfred Vivas (former GCL), and Anthony Fonseca (former CGL) were selected by Naranjeros Occidentales in the Venezuelan Central Baseball League draft.


Javier Brito (former Memphis), Frederick Parejo (former Quad Cities), and Julio Castellanos (former GCL) were selected by Pastores de San Joaquin in the Venezuelan Central Baseball League.



Dominican Summer League Stats


The Cardinals are hitting .199 (31st) with a .327 OBP (t-20th), .275 SLG (30th), and .602 OPS (26th).  The team ranks seventh in strikeouts, tied for 12th in walks, tied for 14th in home runs, tied for 15th in triples, and bottom half of the league in all others stats.


The Cardinals have a 4.60 ERA (29th) and 1.66 WHIP (30th).  The team ranks, on the wrong side, third in hits allowed and tied for third in home runs allowed, fifth in earned runs, eighth in runs, 14th in walks, and bottom half of the league in all other stats.


Robelys Reyes is tied for ninth in AVG, tied for third in hits, and tied for seventh in total bases.

Fernando Baez is tied for fourth in home runs.


Jose Pena is tied for fifth in strikeouts.


Fidencio Flores is tied for sixth in losses.


Juan Bautista is tied for seventh in earned runs.


Anthony De La Cruz is tied for ninth in holds.



Up Next (2011 Record, vs. Cardinals)


June 13: Athletics (4-7, 3-1)

June 14: @ Mariners (6-5, 2-1)

June 15: Brewers (9-3, 2-0)

June 16: @ Athletics (4-7, 3-1)

June 17: Dodgers (2-9, 0-0)

June 18: @ Brewers (9-3, 2-0)

June 19: Off Day



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