The Dominican Summer League Cardinals spilt their schedule for this period taking four of eight games and ending on a winning note. The club finished with a 27-44 record, good enough to keep them 2 1/2 games out of last place ahead of the Athletics. The Cards finished with a 16-19 record at home and 11-25 on the road.
Week 12: August 15-20
The Cardinals began the final week of the season with a doubleheader vs. the Athletics. Silfredo Garcia tossed a seven-inning complete game only allowing three hits, one unearned run, and striking out seven. The Redbirds got things going with three runs combined over the second and third innings. The A's pushed one across in the top of the fourth. The Cardinals added another four runs, including a Ronnierd Garcia two-run shot, over the fourth and fifth for the 7-1 victory.
In the second game, the Athletics flipped the score on the Cardinals and added two. The A's took turns taking it to three of the Redbirds pitchers and capitalizing on errors. The Athletics scored three in the first, then third, and lastly in the fifth for the 9-1 win.
The Cardinals next went on the road to face interleague challenger the Red Sox. The Sox were the first on the board with one in the first and went on to knock out the Redbirds starter in the fourth. Anderson Gerdel came in the keep the runners on base and shut down the Red Sox offense for the next three innings. The Cardinals scored one in the third, two in the fourth, and Rafael Medina added a two-run shot in the fifth for the 5-3 win.
The Cardinals faced off against the Brewers in a completion of their August 3rd suspended contest and regular scheduled game. Both teams were tied 2-2 after Redbirds starter Silfredo Garcia kept it close with five strong innings and a RBI triple by Fernando Baez. The Cardinals and Brewers went scoreless for the opening two innings of the re-started game but a wild pitch and a throwing error by Johnny Polanco cost the game. The Brewers went on to win 4-2 in eight innings.
In the follow up game, the Brewers starting pitcher was lights out, tossing a one-hit shutout complete game. The Cardinals defense gave the game away committing a total of three errors which allowed all three of the Brew Crew's runs. Redbirds starter Hansel De Los Santos had a strong performance, going five innings, allowing four hits and one unearned run.
The Athletics hosted the Cardinals in the third game between the two during this period. The Redbirds took the early lead with one run in the third and another in the sixth, but defensive errors and a passed ball in the next two frames tied the game up. The contest went into extra innings and in the 12th the Cardinals turned it up with homers by Carlos Torres and Junior Agustin to cap off a six-run explosion. Redbirds starter Juan Bautista pitched six strong innings to open the game and all the starting position players each had a hit in the 8-2 victory.
The Mariners came to town in what was set as a doubleheader against the Cardinals, but rain forced a cancellation of the second game. The Redbirds opened the game with a run in the first and kept the M's off the home plate for the first three frames. The Mariners finally got to the Cardinals starter in the fourth with two runs and scored two more in the sixth knocking him out. The M's then took advantage of two errors and two wild pitches to slam the door shut with four runs in the seventh and won 8-2.
In the final contest of the 2011 season, the Cardinals hosted the Brewers for a third match between the two this period. The Redbirds scored three runs combined over the second and third innings, with help of errors and wild pitches, for the early lead. Cardinals starter Silfredo Garcia tossed four shutout innings and the Brew Crew didn't get on the board until the sixth for their only run of the game. Jhohan Acevedo singled in two runs of the three Redbirds runs in the eighth and Luis Perdomo finished off the contest with three scoreless innings for the 6-1 win.
Who Finished Strongly
Robelys Reyes' on base streak was snapped at 22 games and his hitting streak ended at nine games. The now 21-year old switch-hitter went 7-for-25 (.280) with one triple, five runs, two walks, four stolen bases, one strikeout, and one caught stealing/pickoff. He played five games at second base (assisted in one double play) and two at shortstop (two fielding errors and assisted in one double play). The April 21, 2010 free agent singing finished the season leading the team in all offensive categories except RBI, walks, and strikeouts.
Leobaldo Pina finished strong in the last week after slumping in the last month. The 17-year old right-handed hitter went 5-for-17 (.294) with two doubles, one triple, two RBI, two runs, three walks, one sac fly, and four strikeouts. He played three games at shortstop (one fielding error and assisted in one double play) and three games at second base (assisted in four double plays).
Jhohan Acevedo too advantage of the extra playing time with Jose Pena and Amauris Capellan out and even moved up the batting order in several games. The 18-year old right-handed hitter went 6-for-15 (.400) with four RBIs, three runs, four walks, and four strikeouts. He played seven games in centerfield and had one outfield assist which led to a double play. The February 6, 2010 free agent signing batted .320 with six RBI and seven walks in his last ten games.
Carlos Torres was also a recipient of playing time with the release of Jose Martinez and Pena and Capellan missing in action. The 18-year old right-handed hitter went 5-for-15 (.333) with one double, one home run, four RBIs, two runs, one walk, one hit by pitch, and four strikeouts. He played five games in left field and had two outfield assists in the same game. The 2011 free agent signing's five-game hitting ended at the beginning of this period.
Luis Cruz had a three-game hitting streak mid-week which included two multi-hit games. The 18-year old right-handed hitter went 5-for-11 (.455) with two runs, two strikeouts, two caught stealing/pickoffs, and grounded into one double play. He played four games at catcher where he allowed four stolen bases and had two passed balls.
Hector De Los Santos had another stellar performance on the mound despite not getting any offensive help. The 19-year old right-hander started on August 17th and pitched five innings allowing four hits, one unearned run, one walk, and striking out four for the losing decision (3-5). He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 5-to-3. The October 28, 2009 free agent signing finished the season leading the Cardinals in innings pitched, losses (tied), hits allowed, and strikeouts.
Silfredo Garcia rebounded from a poor performance with two almost spotless starts. The 20-year old pitched a seven-inning complete game on August 15th allowing three hits, one unearned run, one walk, and struck out seven for the winning decision (1-4). He then was called on for the August 20th contest in which he went another four innings and gave up one hit, no runs, threw one wild pitch, and struck two out. The February 6, 2010 free agent signing had a combined ground out-to-fly out ratio of 17-to-5. He finished leading the Cardinals' starting rotation in ERA and WHIP.
Juan Bautista also bounced back after several shaky starts in the previous weeks. The 18-year old right-hander pitched on August 18th going six innings and allowing six hits, one unearned run, one intentional walk, struck one out, and assisted in one double play. He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 8-to-5. The June 28, 2010 free agent signing received a promotion to Short-Season Single-A Johnson City on August 23rd.
Kender Villegas had trouble stranding runners in his first outing but was lights out in the second. The 18-year old right-hander made his first relief appearance on August 15th and gave up two hits, one unearned run, hit one batter, and struck three out. Then on August 18th he tossed three scoreless relief innings and allowed one walk and struck out three for the winning decision (2-2). The May 12, 2010 free agent signing had a combined ground out-to-fly out ratio of 3-to-5 and let both inherited runners score.
Luis Perdomo returned to action after missing 11 days with one of his best outings of the season. The 18-year old right-hander was called on for the August 20th contest and tossed three scoreless innings only giving up two hits, one walk, hit two batters, and struck out two for the winning decision (1-3). He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 3-to-1.
Jose Pena had two at-bats in one game and missed the final six games. Amauris Capellan played in the first two games of this period and missed the rest of the games.
Douglas Planchart was out since August 9th and Addelin Ceballo since August 10th.
Lenny Rosario (former MiLB signing-DSL Mets team two) made a combined 17 appearances (nine starts) posting a 3-5 record and 4.40 ERA. He allowed 37 hits, 34 runs (21 earned), one home run, 46 walks, and struck 43 out over 43 innings. The 20-year old left-hander pitched for both DSL Mets clubs during the 2011 season.
Edgard Montiel (former DSL-Boer) has played in 11 games as of August 21st. He has gone 8-for-34 (.235) with one double, one home run, three RBIs, six runs, one walk, three strikeouts, .353 SLG, and .270 OBA. Boer is currently 3-8 and in last place in the semifinals of the Nicaraguan Summer Baseball League.
The Brewers beat the Orioles 3-2 in game one and the Orioles came back to take game two 10-3.
Cubs team two beat the Mariners 11-8 in game one and Mariners held them off in game two with a 4-3 victory.
Dominican Summer League Stats
The Cardinals finished with a .245 AVG (T9th), .350 OBP (9th), .344 SLG (7th), and .694 OPS (T6th). The team was ranked sixth (tied) in home runs, eighth in total bases and walks, tenth in hits, 12th (tied) in triples, 14th in strikeouts, 16th (tied) in doubles, 20th in RBIs, 22nd in runs scored, 31st in stolen bases, and 33rd in caught stealing.
The Cardinals had a 3.66 ERA (22nd) and 1.41 WHIP (T22nd) to end the season. The team ranked tied for fourth in both losses and complete games, 25th in wins, tied for 27th in shutouts, tied for 31st in holds, and tied for 32nd in saves. They had the tenth most hits allowed, 11th most runs allowed, tied for 12th most home runs allowed, 13th most earned runs and hit batters, tied for 16th in walks, and 28th in strikeouts.
Robelys Reyes was first in AVG, fourth in hits, fourth in total bases, third in OBP, third in SLG, and tied for first in OPS. The Dominican Summer League official site announced Reyes as their batting champion.
Amauris Capellan did not qualify for any offensive categories due to the lack of at-bats.
Juan Bautista was tied for eighth in home runs allowed.
1. Mariners 45-24 .652
2. Brewers 44-27 .620
3. Cardinals 27-44 .380
4. Athletics 24-46 .343
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