The 2008 Dominican Summer League season opened on May 31st for the Cardinals. The team lost to the Athletics #2 team 2-1 only because of a passed ball allowed the runner to get into scoring position and score on a sacrifice fly. After the first game, the Cards allowed seven runs each in the next three games and nine in the game following. The team had kept within distance of tying the games but fell short each time as the bullpen could not hold on and the hitting didn't pick up.
The offense was also improving their hit production after the first game, but that all fell apart as the last two contests they were held to only four hits each time. The Cardinals had two games postponed this week due to rain and sit at 0-6, last in the Santo Domingo North Division and five games out.
Michael Avila has a hit in four of his first five games this season. The 18-year old second baseman went 4-for-15 with one double, one triple, one RBI, two walks, two runs, one stolen base, and has struck out six times. He is the only player on the DSL Cardinals to have a double and a triple currently, but he also leads the team with four errors.
Audris Perez has hit in three of his four games this season. The 19-year old catcher lays claim to the only home run for the team and leads the club with a .500 SLG. This week, he went 3-for-14 with one double, one home run, three runs, one RBI, two walks, and struck out just once.
Angel Cruz made two great starts for the DSL squad this week. In his first start on May 31, the 20-year old starter pitched five innings, allowing only one hit, no runs and striking out three while keeping the ball on the ground. In his second start, the righty again lasted five innings allowing three hits, no runs, three walks, and striking out seven. He is the only starter to make two solid starts for the squad.
Alejandro Pinard made two appearances, one being a start. The 19-year old's first appearance was in relief as he pitched 2 2/3 innings allowing two hits, one (earned) run, one walk, and striking out three. In his second appearance, the righty was given the chance to start. On June 5th, he lasted four innings allowing four hits, four runs (one earned), one wild pitch, and striking out three. He is currently second on the team with six strike outs. He could be looking a spot in the Cardinals rotation.
Victor Ferreira has only one hit in his first 12 at-bats. The 17-year old catcher also has one RBI, one walk, and has struck out four times on the season. In his last game, he had some problems behind the plate as he allowed three passed balls and two stolen bases.