The Dominican Summer League Cardinals ended the month of July with a 12-11 record but collapsed in the beginning of August. The team had their four-game winning streak snapped and went on to go 3-8 but did win their final two of three games this period. The Cards have a 23-40 record, and hold a one-game lead over the last-place Athletics, and were eliminated from postseason play. The Redbirds have a 14-16 record at home and 9-24 record on the road.
Weeks Ten and Eleven: August 1-14
The Cardinals opened the month of August against the Athletics. Both teams went scoreless in the first and the Redbirds put three on the board over the second and third innings. The A's scored two in the top half of the fourth and the Cardinals another in the bottom half. The Athletics held the Redbirds out of the game for the final five frames as they took the lead and won 5-4. Both teams were in the double digits in hits as Junior Agustin collected three including two doubles.
The next four games were either postponed or suspended due to the rain on the island.
The Cardinals went on the road to finish up a suspended game and play a scheduled contest against the Brewers. The first was a completion of the July 8th game. The Redbirds held the Brewers scoreless for the first three frames as the tacked one on in the third. The Brewers tied it up in the fourth and both teams struggled to get a run across for the next four innings. The Cardinals scored the winning run in the top of the ninth on two wild pitches.
The next game turned out horrible for the Cardinals as they tried to extend their winning streak against the Brewers. The Redbirds committed five errors accounting for three of the seven runs scored by the Brewers. The Brewers also managed to keep the Cardinals off the bases giving up just two hits (one a double) and two walks. The Brewers went on to shut out the Cardinals 7-0.
After a scheduled day off, the Cardinals went on the road to take on interleague opponent in the Rays. The Rays scored six runs over the first four innings as the Cardinals went scoreless until Rafael Medina hit a two-run shot in the fourth. The Redbirds scored another in the fifth but could not recover, putting up zeroes for the final four innings as the Rays added another two for an 8-3 win.
The Cardinals stayed on the road to take on the Brewers for a doubleheader. Redbirds starter Jonathan Escudero pitched a complete game only giving up three runs over seven innings. But the Cardinals offense was not prepared as they only connected for three hits and one run.
In the second game of the doubleheader, the Brewers handed the Cardinals their second shutout for this period. The Brewers held the Redbirds to just four hits, two walks, and struck out ten as they took the contest 5-0.
The Athletics hosted the Cardinals in the next contest which saw an extended low-scoring game. The Redbirds were first to home plate on a steal by Eduardo Celestino and error by the A's. The Athletics calmed down to keep the Cardinals off home plate for the next seven innings. The A's plated runs in the fifth and eighth to tie things up, then won it in the bottom of the tenth on an error by Robelys Reyes.
The Cardinals took on the Mariners for a third doubleheader this period. The Redbirds scored the first run and only run of the game in the first inning. Cardinals' starter Silfredo Garica mysteriously left the game in the second inning as the relief corps was tagged for five runs.
In the second game, the Cardinals came out of an offensive drought to plaster on five runs in the first inning, including a two-run shot by Daniel Barbuena and a two-run double by Domingo Diaz. Cardinals' starter Johnny Polanco almost pitched a complete game but was knocked out in the seventh as the Mariners got to him with two runs. The Redbirds went on to score another six runs over the final five innings for an 11-2 victory.
For the fifth time this period, the Cardinals took on the Brewers in a road game. Redbirds' starter Hansel De Los Santos was cruising along with a shutout until he entered the sixth and coughed up four runs, putting the Cards behind by three. The Cardinals plated two more runs but it was not enough as the Brewers went on to win 5-3.
In the final game of this period, the Cardinals offense exploded for the second time. Robelys Reyes homered and Jose Pena added another two in the first innings. Reyes then drove in his second run of the game in the second and Fernando Baez blasted a solo shot in the third for a 5-1 lead. Baez and Jhohan Acevedo each drove in their second runs over the fifth and sixth innings, respectively. The A's scored three more runs to bring the score to 9-4 in favor of the Redbirds. Cardinals' reliever Anthony De La Cruz then shut the door for the final two and two-thirds innings for the save.
Robelys Reyes extended his on base streak to 19 games and has an eight-game hitting streak to add onto in the next week. The 21-year old switch-hitter went 14-for-40 (.350) with one double, one home run, four RBIs, seven runs, three walks, four stolen bases, and four strikeouts. He played six games at second base (one missed catch error, one throwing error, two fielding errors, and assisted in one double play) and four games at shortstop (two fielding errors and assisted in five double plays).
Daniel Barbuena will look to extend his ten-game hitting streak in the next period. The 18-year old switch-hitter went 7-for-20 (.350) with two doubles, one home run, four RBIs, two runs, four walks, and five strikeouts. He played two games at shortstop (one throwing error and assisted in one double play), three at second base (assisted in one double play), and one between both (assisted in two double plays).
Carlos Torres, now getting playing time with Jose Martinez released, has five-game hitting streak to add onto. The 18-year old right-handed hitter went 4-for-14 (.286) with two doubles, two RBIs, one walk, and two strikeouts. He played two games as designated hitter, one in left field, and one in center.
Johnny Polanco returned to the rotation after being knocked around in his only relief appearance. The 19-year old right-hander started on July 11th and gave up five hits, two earned runs, five walks, hit one batter, threw one wild pitch, and struck five out over 6.2 innings for the winning decision (3-1). He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 7-to-2.
Norge Paredes has made a positive impact since joining the rotation. The 20-year old right-hander started on August 1st and pitched five innings allowing nine hits, two earned runs, one walk, and struck four out. He made his third career opening on August 10th when he tossed four scoreless innings giving up three hits, one walk, hit three batters, threw one wild pitch, and struck three out. The rookie DSL participant had a combined ground out-to-fly out of 7-to-3.
Ronnierd Garcia had his hitting streak snapped at five games and went on to struggle at the plate this past two weeks. The 21-year old right-handed hitter went 2-for-19 (.105) with one double, one run, one hit by pitch, and four strikeouts. He played five games at third base (one throwing error) and two as designated hitter.
Luis Cruz wore the goat horns for the entire period. The 18-year old right-handed hitter went 0-for-11 (.000) with two walks and one strikeout. He played four games at catcher where he threw out one of eight base stealers, committed one throwing error, and had three passed balls.
Jose Gomez started off this period not collecting a hit in the first three games, but ended with a two-game hitting streak. The 19-year old right-handed hitter went 2-for-17 (.118) with one RBI, one run, one walk, four strikeouts, and grounded into one double play. He played five games at catcher where he threw out two of eight base stealers and had two passed balls.
Hector Salazar struggled with his command during the three appearances this period. The 17-year old right-hander made his first appearance on August 8th and gave up one hit, one earned run, three walks, threw three wild pitches, and struck two out. On August 11th he was pulled immediately after hitting one batter and throwing one wild pitch. The Panama-born native then pitched in his third game on August 13th and allowed three hits, two earned runs, two walks, hit one batter, threw two wild pitches, and struck one out over one and a third innings. He had a combined ground out-to-fly out ratio of 3-to-1 and let one of three inherited runner score.
Addelin Ceballo blew two saves (2) and took the losing decisions (0-3) in both of his closing opportunities this period. The 20-year old right-hander made his first appearance on August 1st and gave up two hits, two earned runs, two walks (one intentional), and threw one wild pitch. On August 10th he gave up four hits, two runs (one earned), one home run, and two walks. He had a combined ground out-to-fly out ratio of 4-to-2 and let his only inherited runner score.
Delvi Rodriguez and Jean Carlos De La Cruz both made their 2011 debuts on August 6th after serving 50 game suspensions.
Lenny Rosario (former MiLB singing-DSL Mets Two) has made 15 appearances (eight starts) posting a 3-5 record and 4.78 ERA. He's allowed 34 hits, 31 runs (20 earned), one home run, 44 walks, and struck 41 out.
Edgard Montiel (former DSL-Boer) has played in six games going 3-for-21 (.143) with one RBI, two runs, one walk, three strikeouts, grounded into one double play, and committed one error as of August 13th. Boer moved onto the next round of the Nicaraguan League playoffs after going 16-11(second place) in the second round. They are currently 3-5 in the third round.
Dominican Summer League Stats
The Cardinals are batting .246 (t-9th) with a .356 OBP (5th), .346 SLG (6th), and .702 OPS (5th). The team ranks eighth in walks, ninth in total bases, tied for 12th in hits, tied for 13th in doubles, tied for 16th in triples, 18th in strikeouts, and lower half in all other stats.
The Cardinals have a 3.80 ERA (23rd) and 1.43 WHIP (24th). The team ranks tied for fifth in most losses, tied for tenth in most home runs allowed, 12th in most hits (tied) allowed and earned runs, 13th in hit batters, 14th in most runs allowed, 17th in most walks allowed.
Robelys Reyes is first in AVG, fifth in hits, tied for ninth in home runs, fifth in total bases, first in OBP, third in SLG, and first in OPS.
Fernando Baez is tied for ninth in home runs.
Amauris Capellan is tied for tenth in OBP, ninth in SLG, and sixth in OPS.
Juan Bautista is tied for fifth in home runs allowed.
Up Next (2011 Record, vs. Cardinals)
August 15: Doubleheader vs. Athletics (22-41, 11-7)
August 16: @ Red Sox (37-28, 0-1)
August 17: Doubleheader vs. Brewers (38-24, 13-4)
August 18: @ Athletics (22-41, 11-7)
August 19: Doubleheader vs. Mariners (42-20, 10-6)
August 20: Brewers (38-24, 13-4)
End of the season
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