As the 2008 Dominican Summer League Cardinals headed into the second week of play, they sat with a 0-6 record. That all changed this week. The hitting picked up and the pitching was much better as they all got more experience under their belts.
The Cardinals faced off against the Mariners three times and the Phillies twice this past week. The results were much better as the Cards won their first games of the season.
At the beginning of the week, their losing streak extended to seven games with a 7-4 loss to the first-place Mariners. Three errors and a fresh face on the mound didn't help the team out any. The next game the Cardinals once again played the Mariners and pounded them 12-6 as the whole team contributed at the plate and the middle relievers held their opponents in check.
The next two games they faced off against the third-place Phillies. In both games, the Cards only lost by one run in each, 7-6 in the first and 1-0 in the second. And on to Sunday's game, as the Cardinals went on to claim their second victory of the season vs. the Mariners. This time, the first-place club was held to four hits and only one run. The bullpen only gave up one hit in the final three frames en route to the win.
On the week, the Cardinals improved with a 2-3 record and carry a modest one-game winning streak into this coming week. The team sits with a 2-9 record, six games out of first place.
Audris Perez had a great week at the plate. The 19-year old catcher brings a three-game hitting streak into this next week. In the last two games, the right-handed hitter has exploded going 4-for-8 with two doubles, two home runs, five RBIs, and three runs scored. Perez still does continue to struggle behind the plate. During the week, 13 bases were stolen on his clock while only five were gunned down. He does lead the team in most hitting stats.
Luis Pimentel had a three-game hitting streak snapped mid-week. On the week, the 19-year old shortstop went 5-for-16 (.313) with five runs, four walks, and two strike outs. Pimentel raised his season average to .226 and still has not committed an error.
Angel Cruz made another great start for the DSL Cardinals this week. On June 13, the 20-year old right-hander pitched a complete game (five innings) allowing four hits, one (earned) run, one walk, and striking out four. The Cardinals however did not support Cruz, only collecting three hits in game two of a double header. On the season, Cruz has posted a 0-1 record with an incredible 0.60 ERA and going five innings in each of his three starts. He's also struck out 14 over 15 innings pitched, while only walking four.
Ramon Urena also only made one start this week for the DSL Cardinals. On June 15th, the 18-year old right-hander pitched six innings allowing three hits, one (earned) run, three walks, and striking out three. He was able to get support from his bullpen and the Cardinals went on to claim their 2nd win on the season. Urena has made three appearances (two for starts) on the season, posting a 1-1 record with a 2.77 ERA striking out six over 13 innings.