The DSL Cardinals rookie-level club posted a 2-4 record in their third week of play in the 2008 Dominican Summer League and slipped into the divisional cellar.
The DSL Cardinals headed into
their third week of play hoping to capitalize on much improved play the week
before. The team went 2-4 on the
week, not better but not worse either.
The hitting took a dive and the pitching continues to improve as the
weeks go on.
The team extended their winning
streak to two games at the beginning of the week with a slugging of the Phillies
11-3. The pitching was solid and
three players drove in nine runs.
The other two runs were scored on the three errors committed by their
opponent. The next game the
1st place Mariners visited. They ended the winning streak and held
the Cardinals squad to just two hits, while scoring six runs. The Cardinals would visit the Phillies
and claim their first shutout of the season with a 2-0 win on June 19. The Cardinals received great pitching
from their best starter and the team outhit the Phillies 6-4.
The winning streak would be
short-lived as the team hit a road block and went on a three game losing slide
heading into the upcoming week. The
first loss came as the Athletics #2 team held the Cardinals to just four hits
and the bullpen coughed up the winning runs even though the A's committed two
errors. The team would then visit
the Mariners and once again the same result ensued as the team was outhit (7-6)
and outscored (3-2).
This game reminded me of one of
Tony La Russa's bullpen games. The
pitching staff for the game was all relievers and only lasted between two-three
innings each. Does TLR have a
visa? The Atheltics #1 team would
come to town and finish off the Cardinals squad, for their third straight loss,
with a 5-2 victory. The team got
some impressive starting pitching, but the bullpen would once again give up the
game and two errors sure didn't help the cause.
The DSL Cardinals have now fallen
to 4-13 overall, sitting in 5th place in a five-team division, and
are 9.5 games out of first. They
are 3.5 behind the 4th place Athletics #2 team.
Juan Cabrera began the week with only one hit
on the season. Now the just-turned,
20-year old shortstop has a five-game hitting streak heading into this next
week. He went 5-for-20 (.250) with
one double, one home run, two RBIs, five runs, three walks, and four strike outs
on the week. The 6'1" 151 pound
Dominican hit his first home run (solo) of the season on June 19. The second-year DSL player has only one
error on the season.
Luis Pimentel exploded at the beginning of the
week but has since calmed down. The
19-year old utility player went 2-for-3 with his first home run of the season
and four RBIs to help the DSL Cardinals to a win. The 6'1" 180 pound Dominican did collect
a hit in the next game, but has gone hitless in his last three games. He also had five walks during the
Audris Perez had another great week for the
DSL squad. The 19-year old C/1B
slugged a home run, bringing his total to four. On the week he went 5-for-20 (.250) with
one home run, six RBIs, four runs, and three strikeouts. He's also getting a little better behind
the plate, nailing three of seven runners attempting to
Alexander Castellano picked
it up this week. The 19-year old
outfielder went 7-for-17 (.412) with one double, two runs, one walk, one stolen
base, and four strike outs. This
brought his season batting average up to .241. He had a three hit game on June 19 and a
two hit game on June 22. Castellano
leads the team with four steals on the season.
Angel Cruz made another impressive start
this week. The 20-year old
right-hander made his only start on June 19 going six innings allowing three
hits, no runs, and striking out eight en route to his first win on the
season. Cruz has made four starts
this season posting a 1-1 record with a 0.43 ERA. In all of his starts, he has made it
through the 5th inning.
Jose Pasen also had a great start for the
DSL Cardinals. The 18-year old
right-hander made his only start on June 18 going six innings, allowing three
hits, three (earned) runs, two walks, one home run, and striking out a Cardinals
season-high ten batters. Despite
the great pitching performance, the Cardinals squad were held to only two hits
and lost the game 6-1.
Roberto Reyes had a tough week. The 19-year old outfielder went 2-for-15
(.133) with one triple, one walk, and three strike outs. The left-handed hitter still continues
to lead the DSL Cardinals team in triples, but is really struggling to get a hit
as he also leads the squad with 20 strikeouts.
Marcos Martinez had an even worse week than
Reyes. The 19-year old outfielder
also struggled at the plate going 1-for-11 (.091) with one run, one walk, and
six strikeouts. His only hit came
in the June 19 game vs. the Phillies.
The right-handed hitter has only two hits in his last 10 games played,
and only four on the season in 31 at-bats.
Pedro Pena made two relief appearances this
week. The first for the 17-year old
reliever came June 19 as he pitched a solid two innings not allowing a hit or
run, on walk, and three strike outs.
The left-hander was able to hold the Phillies and pass the game to closer
Eduard Estralis and the Cardinals won 2-0.
The next outing he was pounded upon. On June 22 he blew the save and picked
up his third loss on the season as he pitched 1.1 innings allowing six hits, and
four (earned) runs.
Amuary Castillo gave up runs in both his relief
outings on the week. The 17-year
old reliever made his first relief appearance on June 16 allowing one hit, one
(earned) run, one walk, and striking out one. The Cardinals were far enough ahead that
it did not matter as the team won 11-3.
In his second appearance he pitched 1.1 innings allowing one hit, two
(earned) runs, two walks, and striking out one. The walks came back to bite and Walter Santos inherited both his runners, allowing them to score. Castillo would pick up the loss (0-1) as
the Cardinals lost 4-2.
The DSL Cardinals hitting took a
hit this week as the team's average dropped to .192, third worst in the
league. The team is just not
generating any hitting or runs as they sit in the bottom half of the hitting
stats. The team is tied for
8th with six triples and 10th with seven home runs. They are also only 10-for-18 in stolen
bases. The Cardinals' team pitching
improved to a 3.84 ERA. They also
ended their streak without giving up a home run, sitting at a total of three on
the season now. In all other mound
stats, they are sitting middle of the pack or in the lower half of the league.
Roberto Reyes is tied for 4th with
Audris Perez is tied for 1st with
four home runs.
Angel Cruz is 5th with a 0.43
ERA, tied for 1st with one complete game, and tied for 8th
with a 0.71 WHIP
Life after DSL in 2008....Moving
on Up and Out
SS Juan Mosquera, C Juan
Castillo, SS Ted Obregon, and OF David Medina were assigned to
OF Edwin Gomez, P
Arquimedes Nieto, and P Miguel Tapia were assigned to Short-Season
P Randy Santos was assigned
to Rookie-Level Johnson City.
P Hector Corpas was
assigned to Rookie-Level VSL.
P Jose Rosario was picked
up by the White Sox and assigned to their #1 DSL
More updates will come when
rosters are finally settled with the rookie-level
June 23: @ Phillies (6-9,
June 24: Off
June 25: @ Athletics #2 (4-6,
June 26: Mariners (14-4,
June 27: @ Athletics #1 (6-2,
June 28: Phillies (6-9,
June 29: Off
June 30: @ Athletics #2 (4-6,
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