The offense for the 7-15 Cards rookie level club is trailing the pitching by a considerable margin.
The Dominican Summer League
Cardinals headed into their fourth week of play looking to snap a three game
slide. They began with two straight
wins, where the team scored 6+ runs in both games, then were shut down the next
two. And the squad would round out
this period with their second shutout of the 2008 season. The Cards ended the week with a 3-2
record, improving to 7-15 but still are cellar-dwelling and slipped to 10 games
The Cardinals began the week with
a 7-6 win over the Phillies. The
starting pitching was not on their game and the bullpen, the two hurlers
following, would struggle. Runs in
the 8th and 9th innings clinched the contest. The team took another away game as they
beat the Athletics #2 squad 6-5 in 11 innings. The Cardinals only had three hits
in the game, capitalizing on the four errors committed and 14 walks given up by
the A's club. The Mariners visited
the next game and won, 5-1. The
Cardinals committed two errors and only had four hits, costing them the
game. Next up, the Cards visited
the A's #1 squad and scored in the first inning but blew it in the fourth,
giving up four runs. The team would
not recover and lost 5-2. And for
the finale for this period, the Cardinals only allowed three hits and claimed
their second shutout of the season.
The Cardinals won 3-0 over the visiting Phillies.
Outstanding pitching is the only
thing keeping the Cardinals in the game in the 2008 season. There is not too
much hitting to talk about, though certain players on certain days come
through. There really is no
Audris Perez took a dip in the hitting
department this week, but still produced some runs for the Cardinals. The 19-year old catcher went 3-for-16
(.188) with two doubles, three RBIs, two runs, two walks, and only one strike
out. Aside from his lack of hitting
this week, we see he is improving behind the plate. The 5'9" 180 pound Dominican gunned down
50% of his base stealers, eight stolen and eight not fast
Keury Herrera made an impressive start on June
28. The 17-year old left-hander
pitched five innings, allowing only one hit, no runs, three walks, and struck
out six against the Phillies. In
his last two starts, the 6'1" 180 pound Dominican has only allowed one hit in
ten innings. For the season,
Herrera has struck out 16, but walked 13, over 17.1
Eduard Estalis made three relief appearances for
the Cardinals this week. The
19-year old right-hander collected a win on June 23 as he pitched 1.2 innings of
relief not allowing a hit or run and striking out one. The 6'1" 172 pound Haitian collected his
3rd save on June 25 with a no hit inning while striking out three vs.
the Athletics #2 club. On June 28,
he made his 3rd relief appearance of the week, pitching one inning
and again not allowing a hit or run and striking out two runs claiming his team
leading 4th save.
Estalis hasn't allowed an earned run and only one hit in his last five
relief appearances (5.2 innings).
Angel Cruz made his only start on June 25
vs. the Athletics #2 squad. He
pitched six innings allowing seven hits, four runs (two earned), one walk, and
striking out four in a team win of 6-5.
On the 2008 season, the second year DSL participant has made five starts,
posting a 1-1 record and 1.00 ERA.
Alejandro Pinales came out of the bullpen for the
Cardinals twice this week. On June 25, the 19-year old right-hander pitched four
innings of relief allowing two hits, one (earned) runs, and striking out two en
route to his first win of the season.
The on June 28 the long reliever pitched three innings, allowing two
hits, no runs, and struck out three.
He also claimed his 2nd hold on the season setting up closer
Tharick Martines continues to struggle this
season. The 17-year old outfielder
played in two games this week going 0-for-6 with four strikeouts. The right-handed hitter out of
Curacao has managed to strike out a total of
11 times in 18 at-bats and has only two hits.
Alexander Castellano had a
couple multi-hit games this week, but that was pretty much it. After getting lukewarm last week, the
19-year old outfielder went 4-for-17 (.235) with three runs, two walks, and two
strike outs. He also had one
outfield assist and committed his first error this season. The Colombian does still lead the team
in hits (18), batting average (.240), and is tied for first with four stolen
Jose Pasen made one start this week, which
ended ugly for him. After striking
out ten in his last start, the 18-year old right-hander was shelled for nine
hits, five runs (four earned), two walks, and struck out six over 3.2
innings. It didn't help that the
reliever following, Randy Santos, allowed one of his runners to score. On the season, the 2nd year
DSL participant has struck out 24 over 17.1 innings and walked
Roster Additions, Releases, and
Randy Santos was added to the DSL Cardinals
roster this past week. Please don't
confuse him with the Johnson
The DSL pitcher is a lefty and is 17 getting ready to turn 18 on July
4th. As he was added, a
few changes were made to past boxscores and he has made four appearances for the
Rookie-Level squad over the 2008 season.
The St. Louis Cardinals have also
signed and added two left-handers, Braulin Beltre and Yedilson Pena to the DSL roster. Both
made their debuts on June 26.
Beltre, a 6'4" 180 pounder, pitched one inning of relief allowing one
hit, one (earned) run, and walking two.
Pena, a 6'1" 165 pounder, pitched one no-hit inning of relief striking
It seems that OF Jahir
Montilla, OF Bernardo Garay, OF Quincy Martina, 3B Ramon
Ito, P Julio Maza, and P Edwin Grullion, who all played last
season, were not brought back for the 2008 campaign. They join C Edgard Montiel, who's
playing in the Nicaraguan Summer League and 3B Juan Cabrera as former DSL
Cardinals members from 2007.
The DSL Cardinals'
hitting took another dip this week, dropping from .192 to .191. They also dropped from 3rd
worst overall to 2nd worst.
The hitting has been horrible for the team. They sit pretty much in the bottom half
of the league in all stats now.
It's not pretty, Jeff Luhnow needs to make another plane trip to the
Dominican. On a slightly positive
note the team is stealing 65% of attempts made (20-for-31). The Cardinals pitching, once again,
improved from a 3.84 ERA to now 3.62.
The pitching has only allowed 160 hits (9th best in league),
99 runs (9th best), and
three home runs (tied for 3rd best). The team overall WHIP is
Roberto Reyes is tied for 9th with
Audris Perez is tied for 2nd with
four home runs.
Angel Cruz is tied for 1st with
one complete game.
Eduard Estalis is tied for 6th with
four saves and tied for 7th with eight game
Alejandro Pinales is tied for 7th with
June 30: @ Athletics #2 (6-8,
July 1: Athletics #2 (6-8,
July 2: @ Mariners (17-5,
July 3: Athletics #1 (8-5,
July 4: @ Phillies (8-13,
July 5 and 6: Off Days
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