The Dominican Summer League Cardinals are getting closer and closer to climbing out of the cellar in the Santo Domingo North Division as the team went 4-3 this past week. The Redbirds are 10-21 (6-11 at home, 4-10 on the road) and are 12 and a half games out of first, tied with the Athletics in last place.
Week Five: June 27-July 3
The Cardinals opened up this week on the road at the Mariners. The Redbirds got things going with two in the first and one in the second for a 3-0 lead. The M's got to Johnny Polanco in the bottom of the second as they plated three to tie things up. The Cardinals pitching settled and tossed five scoreless innings and the bat came back to life in the seventh with two more runs for the 5-3 win.
The Brewers came to town in the next game and scored the first two runs of the game in the first three innings. Cardinals starter Fernando Gonzalez gave up only two runs over six innings. The Redbirds took advantage of a couple errors by the Brew Crew and scored four runs in the bottom of fourth for a 4-2 lead. The Cardinals' own errors caught up with them when the Brewers answered back with four of their own in the seventh retake the lead. The Brewers held the Redbirds scoreless four innings until the Cards tried to come back in the ninth. The Brewers held on to win 6-5.
The Cardinals visited the Athletics for a doubleheader in the following match-up. The A's pitching held the Redbirds out of the game for the first four frames as they tacked on a run in the third. Leobaldo Pina drove in the only Cardinal run in the fifth and Silfredo Garcia was cruising along until errors nipped him in the bottom of the sixth. The Athletics scored four in the sixth and took the contest 5-1.
The Cardinals managed to flip flop the score from the previous game, on the Athletics. Both teams held each other scoreless for the first three innings. The Redbirds plated two in the fourth and the A's scored on to keep within distance. The Cardinals then scored another three runs in the fifth and held off the A's for a 5-1 victory. Jose Gomez drove in two runs, both on walks. Douglas Planchart was brilliant in the spot start, only allowing one run in the complete game.
The Cardinals hosted the Mariners in the next game. The M's scored one in the top of the first but the Cardinals answered back and took the lead, one on an error and the other on a Fernando Baez home run. The Mariners pitching held the Redbirds scoreless for the next five innings as the tacked on another two in the fifth for a 3-2 lead. Hansel De Los Santos didn't have one of his greatest starts but still only allowed three runs over five to keep the Cardinals in the game. The Redbirds again scored on an error by the Mariners, in the seventh, to tie things up. The M's plated one in the eighth and held off the Redbirds for a 4-3 win.
Pitching was the story of the game between the Cardinals and Brewers, at least in the beginning. The starters combined for six hits, two runs, five walks, and ten strikeouts as they each reached the sixth inning. Juan Bautista did not allow a hit but a run scored via an error and a walk. The Cardinals offense exploded in the top of the ninth as Amaury Capellan belted a grand slam for the 5-1 win.
The Cardinals hosted the Athletics for the final game of this period and pulled off a rarity in the run scoring department. The A's managed only one run on Jonathan Escudero in the first six innings. The Redbirds, however, plated a total of six in the first two innings and two of those courtesy of Amaury Capellan's home run. The Cardinals added on another two in the sixth for an 8-1 lead. The Redbirds committed a couple errors giving the Athletics a couple free runs in the seventh, but the Cardinals won 8-3. The Cardinals have scored six or more runs in only five games this season.
The Cardinals had July 3rd off.
Leobaldo Pina will carry a 23-game on-base streak on into the next period and picked up where injured Robelys Reyes left off. The 17-year old right-handed hitter went 10-for-22 (.455) with one double, two RBIs, six runs, three walks, one hit by pitch, and three strikeouts. he played five games at shortstop (assisted in two double plays and committed two fielding and one throwing errors) and one game at second base. Pina has a line of .361/.477/.417 over the last ten games.
Junior Agustin has his own on base streak to add onto, now at ten games. The 18-year old right-handed hitter went 4-for-14 (.286) with one home run, one RBI, two runs, two walks, two hit by pitches, three strikeouts, and one caught stealing/pickoff. He played in all four games at third base, assisting in two double plays and committing one fielding error. Agustin is 8-for-23 with one home run, three RBIs, five runs, nine walks, and four strikeouts in the last ten games.
Amauris Capellan went hitless to open the week, but pounded the ball to end it. The 18-year old right-handed hitter went 5-for-21 (.238) with two home runs, seven RBIs, five runs, one walk, and one strikeout. He played three games in centerfield (committed one throwing error) and two in right field. Capellan has drove in a total of 12 runs and racked up a .341 OBP and .462 SLG in the last ten games.
Daniel Barbuena collected the most hits on the team for this period. The 18-year old switch-hitter went 7-for-20 (.350) with one double, six runs, six walks, one sacrifice, and two strikeouts. He played five games at second base (assisted in four double plays) and two at shortstop (assisted in two double plays). Like Pina, Barbuena stepped up in Robelys Reyes absence.
Juan Bautista was roughed up in his first appearance of the week, but was stellar in his next. The 18-year old right-handed was called on for relief on June 28th and coughed up four hits, four runs (two earned), two walks, and struck one out over a third of an inning for the losing decision (0-3). He re-entered the rotation on July 1 was lights out tossing six innings and giving up no hits, one unearned run, three walks, threw two wild pitches, committed one pickoff error, struck four out, and picked one runner off. He had a combined ground out-to-fly out ratio of 9-to-3. Since being removed from the rotation, Bautista has only allowed one hit, five runs (two earned), five walks, and struck out eight over eight and third innings.
Douglas Planchart added to his resume, making a spot start, and warranted another look for the job again. The 19-year old right-hander started on June 29th, giving up four hits, one earned run, and struck one out over five innings for the doubleheader shortened complete game. He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 9-to-2. Through seven appearances this year, Planchart has collected a win, a complete game, and two saves and also has 1.42 ERA.
Jonathan Escudero came through with a season-high in innings and strikeouts in his latest appearance. The soon-to-turn 18-year old right-hander was called on for his third start of the season on July 2nd. He allowed six hits, three runs (one earned), three walks, threw one wild pitch, and struck four out for the winning decision (1-2). Escudero had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 6-to-7. As a starter, he has given up 14 hits, ten runs (eight earned), nine walks, and struck seven out over 12.1 innings.
Jhohan Acevedo still can't break the struggles that held him down last year. The 18-year old right-handed hitter went 2-for-11 (.182) with two runs, three walks, three strikeouts, and one caught stealing. He played all four games in centerfield. Acevedo has gone 9-for-51 (.176) with one RBI, nine total bases, four runs, six walks, and 13 strikeouts this season.
George Araujo drove in the runs but strikeouts are really hurting him. The 17-year old left-handed hitter went 2-for-12 (.167) with three RBIs, three walks, and six strikeouts. He played all four games in left field. In the last ten games, Araujo is 4-for-29 (.138) with one double, three RBIs, one run, four walks, and 16 strikeouts.
Hansel De Los Santos didn't have a horrible start, but one of his worst this
season. The 19-year old right-hander started on June 30th and gave up four hits,
three earned runs, four walks, threw one wild pitch, and struck two out.
He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 6-to-3. De Los
Robelys Reyes made a pinch hit appearance on June 28th, but has been out with a strain.
The Cardinals added 16-year old Colombian left-handed pitcher Dewin Perez, 16-year old switch-hitting Dominican shortstop Eliezer Alvarez, 16-year old left-handed hitting Venezuelan catcher Jose Godoy, 16-year old Venezuelan left-hander Alirio Negrette, and 17-year old Dominican right-hander Luis Arias to open the international signing period on July 2nd.
The Cardinals were among the clubs linked to 16-year old right-handed hitting Venezuelan outfielder Wilmer Becerra, but he struck an agreement with the Blue Jays.
21-year old switch-hitting shortstop Leandro Mateo was officially moved from the Dominican Summer League roster to the Gulf Coast League on July 1st and made his professional debut on July 3rd.
Lenny Rosario (former signing/DSL Mets team one) has made six appearances (three starts) posting a 2-2 record and 6.91 ERA. He's allowed 13 hits, 15 runs (11 earned), one home run, 16 walks, and struck 14 out over 14.1 innings.
Edgard Montiel (former DSL/Boer) has played in 65 games going 73-for-218 (.335) with 18 doubles, two triples, four home runs, 31 RBIs, 38 runs, 21 walks, three stolen bases, 16 strikeouts, and grounded into 11 double plays as of June 28th. Boer is currently 3-6 in the Nicaraguan League's second round of the tournament.
Dominican Summer League Stats
The Cardinals are hitting .229 (t-22nd) with a .353 OBP (t-6th), .323 SLG (17th), and .676 OPS (t-10th). The team ranks fifth in strikeouts, sixth in walks, tied for sixth in triples, tied for tenth in home runs, tied for 14th in doubles and total bases, 20th in hits, and lower half in all other stats.
The Cardinals pitching has a 3.95 ERA (26th) and 1.49 WHIP (t-27th). The team ranks tied for first in most loses, fourth in most hits allowed, seventh in most runs allowed, ninth in most earned runs, tied for 11th in most home runs allowed, tied for 13th in most hit by pitches, 15th in most walks allowed, and tied for 17th in saves.
Robelys Reyes is second in AVG, tied for ninth in triples, tied for sixth in caught stealing, first in SLG, and second in OPS.
Fernando Baez is tied for ninth in triples and tied for fourth in home runs.
Up Next (2011 Record, vs. Cardinals)
July 4: @ Mariners (22-8, 6-2)
July 5: Brewers (20-11, 6-1)
July 6: @ Athletics (10-21, 5-5)
July 7: Mariners (22-8, 6-2)
July 8: @ Brewers (20-11, 6-1)
July 9: Astros (10-15, 1-0)
July 10: Off Day
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