The Dominican Summer League Cardinals turned things around this past couple weeks. After a three-game losing streak, they ended July with a four-game winning streak which gave the team some breathing room away from the cellar. The Redbirds are 20-32, 16 1/2 games out of first place, and four games away from playoff elimination. The club has managed to build its home record up to .500, now at 13-13, and is 7-18 on the road.
Weeks Eight and Nine: July 18-29
The Cardinals opened up this period hosting the Brewers and looking to end a three-game skid. The Redbirds came out and scored four runs in the second with the help of two errors by the Brew Crew. Amauris Capellan homered in the third to make the score 5-1 in favor of the home team. In the fifth, Rafael Medina and Daniel Barbuena each drove in their second RBIs of the game to put the Redbirds up 7-2. The Redbirds added another in the sixth as the Brewers went scoreless for three innings until the top of the ninth when they plated two but still lost 8-4.
The Cardinals went on the road vs. the Athletics as Ronnierd Garcia got things going with and RBI in the top of the first. The Redbirds added another run in the fourth to put them up 2-0. But in the bottom half A's scored two runs, the only blemish on starting pitcher Silfredo Garcia's night as he went eight innings. Newly-signed Norge Paredes came in for the ninth and immediately handed the game to the Athletics on a hit and wild pitch. The A's pulled out the close thriller 3-2.
The Mariners visited the Cardinals in what would be an extra innings nail biter for both teams. The Redbirds put one on the board in the second and the M's answered back with their own in the top of the third. Cardinals starter Hansel De Los Santos had another strong outing striking out five and giving up three runs over seven innings. The Mariners took the lead in the top half of seventh with two runs and blanked the Cardinals for five consecutive innings. The Redbirds tied things up in the eighth and both team exchanged runs in the ninth to send the game into extras. The M's scored in the top half of the tenth and held onto win 5-4.
The Cardinals went outside the division to face the Indians. Redbirds started Juan Bautista tossed seven scoreless innings and struck eight out. The Tribe's pitchers combined for seven shut-out frames. The door blew open in the eighth as the Cardinals scored a total of nine runs with the help of Amauris Capellan who knocked in two of those. The Indians tried to duplicate the Cardinals rally and came up short by six runs.
The Cardinals stayed on the interleague schedule and welcomed in the Astros. In the first inning, the ‘Stros scored the first run of the game and their only run. In what ended up being a bullpen game for the Cardinals, they held the Astros to three hits and one run. Leobaldo Pina led a seven-run rally in the third with two RBIs to give the Redbirds a 7-1 lead. The Cardinals padded the lead with two more runs in the fifth as the contest was called in the seventh.
Robelys Reyes, Amauris Capellan, and Hansel De Los Santos represented the Cardinals team in the 2011 Dominican Summer League All-Star game on July 24th. Reyes struck out in both at-bats, Capellan walked in two plate appearances and De Los Santos gave up a hit and induced a ground out to hold a runner on base as the American League beat the National League 5-3.
Following the All-Star break, the Cardinals hosted the Athletics as both fought to stay out of the cellar. The teams exchanged zeroes in the first two frames until the A's pushed two across in the third. Amauris Capellan drove in two of the Redbirds five runs over the third and fourth innings for a 5-2 lead. The Athletics outscored the Cardinals 4-1 over the next four frames and sent the game into extras. The A's pulled out the win 7-6 with a run in the 10th ending the Cardinals two-game winning streak.
In the next game Cardinals starting pitcher Silfredo Garcia led the way tossing seven scoreless frames and only allowing the Mariners to have eight base runners. The host M's scored two in the eighth on Redbird errors to take the lead. Ronnierd Garcia started off a Cardinal rally driving in Robelys Reyes and a wild pitch gave the Redbirds another two runs. The Cardinals held off the Mariners in the bottom of the ninth for the 4-2 victory.
The Cardinals hosted the Brewers in the next game for what would be a pure massacre of the visiting team. Redbirds starter Hansel De Los Santos tossed another gem allowing no runs over six innings and the bullpen combined for three innings and only one run. Robelys Reyes and Daniel Barbuena led the offense as both cranked out three-run homers. Reyes finished the game with a total of four RBIs and Jhohan Acevedo racked up extra base hits and also knocked in three runs of his own. The Cardinals plastered the Brewers on the wall with a 17-1 win.
The Athletics hosted the red-hot Cardinals in the next game and the offense carried over the production from the last contest. The Redbirds plated four runs in the first capitalizing on A's errors. The Cardinals added one run in the third, two in the fourth, and one in the fifth before the Athletics could put a lid on the bats. The A's waited until the Cardinals bullpen took over to even make a dent on the scoreboard and it still wasn't enough even though they outscored them 3-2. The Redbirds pulled out another big win with a 10-3 score. Juan Bautista struck out eight over six and Amauris Capellan drove in three runs.
For the third time this period the Cardinals went outside the Santo Domingo Division and hosted the Rays. The Redbirds scored one run in each of the first four frames with Ronnierd Garcia leading the way driving in two of those. Jonathan Escudero and Anderson Gerdel combined to pitch eight innings and gave up one run and struck out nine. The Cardinals went on to win their fourth straight 4-1.
Robelys Reyes will look to extend his eight-game hitting and nine-game on-base streak in the next week. The 21-year old switch-hitter went 13-for-31 (.419) with one double, two home runs, seven RBIs, eight runs, six walks (one intentional), one sac fly, two stolen bases, three strikeouts, and one caught stealing. He played seven games at second base (assisted in four double plays and committed one fielding error) and one game as designated hitter, and one as pinch hitter.
Amauris Capellan has a nine-game on base streak to add onto in the next week. The 18-year old right-handed hitter went 12-for-28 (.429) with two doubles, one triple, one home run, eight RBIs, eight runs, five walks, one hit by pitch, five strikeouts, and grounded into one double play. He played eight games in right field and one in center (one outfield assist and assisted in one double play).
Ronnierd Garcia has a five-game hitting streak that carries over into the beginning of August. The 21-year old right-handed hitter went 11-for-34 (.324) with two doubles, seven RBIs, five runs, one walk, two hit by pitches, one sac fly, eight strikeouts, and two caught stealing (one pickoff). He played six games at third base (assisted in two double plays and committed one fielding error) and two as designated hitter.
Rafael Medina will have a 12-game on base streak to add onto in the next period. The 19-year old right-handed hitter went 9-for-25 (.360) with one home run, four RBIs, eight runs, three walks, and one strikeout. He played five games at first base (assisted in three double plays, committed one pickoff and throwing error) and two games at third base (committed one throwing and fielding error).
Jhohan Acevedo snapped out of his funk and racked up a four-game hitting streak. The 18-year old right-handed hitter went 12-for-37 (.324) with three doubles, one triple, six RBIs, six runs, one walk, one hit by pitch, one sacrifice, one stolen base, six strikeouts, and grounded into one double play. He played all ten games in centerfield where he had one outfield assist and committed one fielding error.
Daniel Barbuena also racked up hit own four-game hitting streak. The 18-year old switch-hitter went 11-for-29 (.379) with one double, one triple, one home run, eight RBIs, seven runs, three walks, one hit by pitch, two sacrifices, eight strikeouts, one caught stealing, and grounded into one double play. He played three games at shortstop (committed one fielding and missed catch error), five games at second base (assisted in three double plays and and committed two fielding errors), one between the two positions, and one as pinch hitter.
Hansel De Los Santos has now made it through five or more innings in his last eight starts, saving the Cardinals bullpen. The 19-year old right-hander started on July 20th allowing six hits, there earned runs, two walks, threw three wild pitches, and struck five out over seven innings. In his next start on July 27th, he tossed six scoreless innings giving up three hits, one walk, and striking out four for the winning decision (3-2). The 2011 All-Star had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 18-to-7.
Silfredo Garcia also broke out of his slump to throw two of his best outings of the season. The 20-year old right-hander started on July 19th giving up three hits, two earned runs, three walks, hit one batter, and struck one out over a season-high eight innings. He then started on July 26th tossing seven scoreless innings only allowing six hits, two walks (one intentional), striking eight out, and assisted in one double play. Garcia had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 18-to-9.
Juan Bautista made it five consecutive appearances of letting three or less runs score on him with the last two being for nothing. The 18-year old right-hander started on July 21st and gave up one hit, no runs, two walks (one intentional), and struck out a season-high eight for the winning decision (1-4). He made his second start, of the period, on July 28th tossing six scoreless frames and allowing four hits, two walks, tied a season-high eight strikeouts, and picked one runner off for a second win (2-4). He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 10-to-9.
Jonathan Escudero managed to keep a spot in the rotation after stumbling in the previous. The 18-year old right-hander started on July 22nd and allowed one hit, one unearned run, three walks, threw two wild pitches, and struck four out. He then was called on for the July 29th game and gave up three hits, no runs, four walks, and struck out a season-high six over four innings. Escudero had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 6-to-4.
Limited time: Eduardo Celestino had seven at-bats in four games, Alejandro Mejia had seven at-bats in three games, Jose Pena had 11 at-bats in three games and Carlos Torres had four at-bats in two games.
The Cardinals released Alberth Almeida, John De Aguas and Jose Martinez and brought aboard Norge Paredes. Paredes made his debut on July 19th and has made two appearances (one start) posting an 0-1 record and 0.00 ERA. He has allowed three hits, three unearned runs, three walks, and struck one out over five innings.
Delvi Rodriguez and Jean Carlos De La Cruz have come off the restricted list after having sat out the mandatory 50 games for failed drug tests last fall.
Lenny Rosario (former MiLB signing) was transferred from the DSL Mets One squad to the second team. He has made three starts posting an 0-2 record and 4.00 ERA. The 20-year old left-hander has allowed eight hits, eight runs (four earned), 12 walks, and struck 13 out over nine innings.
Edgard Montiel (former DSL-Boer) has played in 81 games going 88-for-267 (.330) with 23 doubles, three triples, four home runs, 38 RBIs, 41 runs, 25 walks, three stolen bases, 22 strikeouts, and grounded into 13 double plays as of July 26th. Boer is currently 14-1 and four games out of first place in the Nicaraguan League Championship.
Dominican Summer League Stats
The Cardinals are batting .250 (t-7th) with .364 OBP (2nd), .350 SLG (6th), and .714 OPS (4th). The team is ranked fifth in home runs and walks, sixth in total bases, eighth in hits, 13th in strikeouts, tied for 16th in doubles, and 17th in runs and RBIs, and bottom half of the league in stolen bases and caught stealing.
The Cardinals pitching has a 3.67 ERA (22nd) and 1.38 WHIP (t-20th). They rank tied for eighth in most losses, tenth in most hits allowed, tied for tenth in most home runs allowed, tied for 13th in most hit batters, 14th in most runs allowed, 15th in earned runs, and bottom half in all other stats.
Robelys Reyes in first in AVG, tied for fifth in hits, tied for fifth in home runs, tied for fifth in total bases, first in OBP, second in SLG, and second in OPS.
Amauris Capellan is seventh in AVG, tied for fifth in home runs, seventh in RBIs, tied for sixth in OBP, fifth in SLG, and fourth in OPS.
Anthony De La Cruz is tied for tenth in earned runs allowed.
Up Next (2011 Record, vs. Cardinals)
August 1: Athletics (18-36, 9-6)
August 2: @ Mariners (37-16, 9-5)
August 3: Brewers (32-20, 9-3)
August 4: @ Athletics (18-36, 9-6)
August 5: Mariners (37-16, 9-5)
August 6: @ Brewers (32-20, 9-3)
August 7: Off Day
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