The Dominican Summer League Cardinals looked to be on the upside after two solid weeks but flopped this period going 1-6 and ending on a three-game losing streak. The team however did not fall into the basement, where they have spent most of the season, but hold a half game lead over the Athletics for third place in the Santo Domingo North Division. The Redbirds are 13-29 with a 9-12 record at home and 4-17 record on the road and are 13 games away from being eliminated from playoff competition.
Week Seven: July 11-17
The Cardinals opened up the week on the road at the Mariners. Both teams went scoreless the first three innings and almost longer until a wild pitch by the M's gave way for the Redbirds to score a run. The Mariners answered back with two runs in the bottom half of the fourth and scored another in the fifth for a 3-1 lead. In the sixth, the Cardinals picked up a single and walk then Ronnierd Garcia drilled a three-run shot for the 4-3 lead. The Mariners held the Redbirds scoreless for the final three frames and plated another two in the seventh to take the game 5-4.
The Cardinals hosted the Brewers in the next game with the Brew Crew getting things started early. Both teams exchanged runs in the first and the Brewers added another in the second for the 2-1 lead. Robelys Reyes put the Redbirds up 3-2 with a two-run shot in the third. Starting pitcher Fernando Gonzalez took it on the nose in the fourth allowing five runs to scores, with help of an error, and the Brewers held off the Cardinals for a 7-3 win.
In the next contest the Athletics welcomed in the Cardinals. The Redbirds took an early lead with three runs in the first two innings but with a couple doubles in the third the A's tied it up. The Cardinals then scored three runs combined over the fifth and six innings to the Athletics one for the 6-4 lead. The Redbirds bullpen malfunction, along with errors, in the final two innings of the game to give up three runs as the A's went on to win 7-6. Leobaldo Pina had four hits and two RBIs and Amauris Capellan collected three hits and two RBIs.
Looking to end a three-game losing streak, the Cardinals hosted the Mariners on Thursday. Both teams held each other scoreless until the Redbirds jumped on the board with an RBI single by Eduardo Celestino and a passed ball by the Mariners. After another scoreless frame, the Mariners dropped three runs on the Cardinals in the sixth. Ronnierd Garcia hit his second homer, a solo shot, in the bottom of the sixth and crossed three more in the seventh (two on an error). Fidencio Flores finished off the Mariners with three scoreless frames for the Cardinal 6-3 win.
The Cardinals faced off against the Brewers for the second time during this period, this time for a road doubleheader. The Brew Crew got on the scoreboard first with three runs in the first two frames and the help of a Redbird error. The Cardinals plated two in the fourth with a RBI double by Rafael Medina and RBI single by Jose Pena. Juan Bautista came through with a strong performance with a seven-inning complete game but the Redbirds offense did not compliment as they lost 3-2.
The second game of the Cardinals-Brewers doubleheader ended in only one run being scored. Starting pitcher Anderson Gerdel made his second spot start holding the Brewers scoreless for five innings. The Redbirds offense could only muster five singles and five walks but no runs, even with two errors committed by the Brewers. The contest went into extras as Addelin Ceballo was called on to hold John DeAguas' run on base but failed as the Brew Crew took the 1-0 win.
The Cardinals went on the road for an interdivision game against the Astros for the final contest of this period. Both teams exchanged runs throughout the game. George Araujo got things started for the Redbirds with a two RBI single in the second. Amauris Capellan clocked a two-run shot in the sixth but the Cardinals pitching could not hold the lead as they blew the game in the bottom of the ninth, losing 8-7.
Robelys Reyes' hitting streak was snapped at eight games mid week. The soon-to-turn 21-year old switch-hitter went 8-for-22 (.364) with one triple, one home run, three RBIs, four runs, three walks, one hit by pitch, four stolen bases, and three strikeouts. He played seven games at second base and assisted in four double plays. The second-year DSL player has collected three multi-hit games, two home runs, and eight RBIs in the last ten games.
Amauris Capellan had a four-game hit streak midweek and collected three multi-hit games. The 19-year old right-handed hitter went 10-for-23 (.435) with three doubles, one home run, four RBIs, three runs, four walks, and four strikeouts. He played three games in centerfield, three in right, and one split between center and left. The second-year DSL player is 14-for-36 (.389) with four doubles, two home runs, ten RBIs, seven runs, five walks, and six strikeouts in his last ten games.
Ronnierd Garcia has a three-game hitting streak to add onto in the next week and cranked out his first two home runs of the season. The 21-year old right-handed hitter went 7-for-18 (.389) with two home runs, six RBIs, six runs, one sac fly, and one strikeout. He played four games at third base (assisted in one double play) and one as designated hitter. The second-year Latin program participant is 11-for-31 (.355) in his last ten games raising his season average to a .283 mark.
Rafael Medina has a seven-game on base and three-game hitting streak to continue in the next period. The 19-year old right-handed hitter went 5-for-13 (.385) with one double, one triple, two RBIs, one run, three walks, one sacrifice, one strikeout, and grounded into one double play. He played three games at first base (assisted in one double play), one game at third base (committed one fielding error), and split a game between first and third (assisted in one double play). In limited action, the second-year DSL player has gone 8-for-27 (.296) in his last ten games.
Anderson Gerdel might have pushed his way into the starting rotation with his second stellar spot start of the season. The soon-to-turn 20-year old right-hander was called on for the July 15th contest and tossed five scoreless innings allowing two hits and picked off one runner. He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 7-to-5. As a starter, the second-year Latin program participant has allowed one earned run over nine innings.
Daniel Barbuena will look to end a four-game hitless streak in the next week. The 18-year old switch-hitter went 0-fo-r12 (.000) with three walks, one sacrifice, and four strikeouts. He played three games at shortstop (committed one fielding error), one as a pinch hitter, and one as designated hitter. The second-year DSL player has gone 4-for-28 (.143) with one RBI, three runs, seven walks, and four strikeouts in his last ten games.
Jose Pena would like to end his five-game hitless streak. The 19-year old right-hander went 0-for-12 (.000) with one RBI, six strikeouts, and grounded into one double play. He played three games in left field (committed two errors) and two in right (committed one error). The third-year DSL player has gone 4-for-26 (.154) with one double, five RBIs, two runs, five walks, and ten strikeouts in his last ten games.
Silfredo Garcia has his second straight rough outing after beginning the season with four successful starts. The soon-to-turn 20-year old right-hander started on July 13th and gave up six hits, four earned runs, hit one batter, struck out three, and picked one runner off. In his last two outings, the second-year Latin program participant has racked up nine hits, seven earned runs, two walks, and only struck out three over ten innings.
Fernando Gonzalez was knocked around hard in his latest start, making this his third of his last four where he allowed three or more earned runs. The 17-year old right-hander started on July 12th and was lit up for eight hits, seven runs (six earned), one home run, one walk, hit two batters, threw two wild pitches, and struck four out. He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 3-to-2 and picked up the losing decision (0-3). On the season, the former Dominican Prospect League pitcher has struck out 14 and walked nine over 27 innings carrying a 5.33 ERA.
Jonathan Escudero was quickly knocked out in his latest start of the season. The 18-year old right-hander made his tandem start on July 16th and coughed up four hits, three earned runs, four walks, two hit by pitches, and struck out four over 2.2 innings. He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 2-to-0. The second-year Latin program pitcher has struck out 17 and walked 17 over 23 innings and has a 5.48 ERA on the season.
Junior Agustin had five at-bats in two games, Fernando Baez four at-bats in one game, Alejandro Mejia four at-bats in two games, Jose Martinez three at-bats in one game, and Carlos Torres three at-bats in one game.
Delvi Rodriguez and Jean Carlos De La Cruz have sat out 42 of their mandatory 50 games for failed drug tests.
Not seeing the ball: Wagner Mateo (former MiLB signing-AZL Diamondbacks) has played in 19 games in the Arizona League going 13-for-74 (.176) with one double, two home runs, four RBIs, 20 total bases, 11 runs, 12 walks, one stolen base, 36 strikeouts, one caught stealing, .291 OBP, .270 SLG, and .561 OPS.
The one that got away: Vicente Campos (former MiLB signing-Everett) has made six starts posting a 2-2 record and 3.16 ERA. He's allowed 29 hits, 16 runs (11 earned), seven walks, and struck 29 out over 31.1 innings.
Lenny Rosario (former MiLB signing-DSL Mets Team One) has made eight appearances (three starts) posting a 2-2 record and 4.84 ERA. He's allowed 18 hits, 19 runs (12 earned), one home run, 23 walks, and struck 22 out over 22.1 innings.
Edgard Montiel (former DSL-Boer) has played in 74 games going 80-for-247 (.324) with 21 doubles, three triples, four home runs, 35 RBIs, 41 runs, 24 walks, three stolen bases, 19 strikeouts, and grounded into 11 double plays as of July 13th. Boer is currently 7-8 and five and a half games out of first place in the Nicaraguan League tournament.
Three ball players have accused Dominican trainer (buscon) Enrique Soto of sexual abuse. Soto has been well known for working with Miguel Tejada, Erick Aybar, Willy Aybar, and including recently signed prospects Esteilon Peguero and Jorge Alaro. Baseball America
Cuban pitcher Onelki Garcia has been accused of falsifying documents on his residency in order to avoid the MLB Draft, according to Sports Illustrated's Melissa Segura. He is 6-foot-3, 220-pounds with a 95-mph fastball and is highly touted by many teams.
The Dominican Prospect League has joined up to play against the July 2nd Parallel League teams from July through August. Quad Cities' Ronny Gil participated in the July 2nd League last season while sitting out for a mandatory one-year suspension.
The Pirates voided the contract of Taiwan LHP Wei-Chung Wang after finding he would require Tommy John surgery. The team later was rumored to still want to sign him, but his agent declined the offer.
Dominican Summer League Stats
The Cardinals are batting .235 (19th) with a .352 OBP (7th), .332 SLG (10th), and .684 OPS (8th). The team ranks fifth in walks, tied for sixth in home runs, ninth in total bases, tied for 11th in triples, 15th in hits, tied for 16th in doubles, and bottom half in all others.
The Cardinals have a 4.05 ERA (27th) and 1.43 WHIP (24th). The team ranks second in most losses; seventh in lost hits allowed (tied), most runs allowed, and most earned runs; tied for eighth in home runs; tied 12th in most hit batters; and tied for 18th in most walks allowed.
Robelys Reyes ranks first in AVG, fourth in hits, tied for eighth in triples, fifth in total bases, first in OBP, tied for second in SLG, and second in OPS.
Amauris Capellan is tied for sixth in home runs, tied for eighth in RBIs, seventh in SLG, and sixth in OPS.
Fernando Baez is tied for sixth in home runs.
Silfredo Garcia and Juan Bautista rank, along with others, sixth in losses.
Up Next (2011 Record, vs. Cardinals)
July 18: Dodgers (21-20, 1-1)
July 19: @ Athletics (13-30, 7-5)
July 20: Mariners (31-10, 8-4)
July 21: @ Indians (17-21, 0-0)
July 22: Astros 13-24, (2-1)
July 23: Off
July 24: All-Star Game
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