The 9-17 Cards rookie level club is coming off a 2-2 week, but remain in last place, ten games back.
The Dominican Summer League
Cardinals ended the last week with a win and looked to continue during this
period. The team ended up splitting
the schedule, going 2-2. The Cards
outscored their opponents 16-12, but were outhit 16-15 in four games. They also out did the competition with
six errors compared to five.
The Cardinals would split a
doubleheader, have a great game, and the next were completely shut down to a
point of standstill. Overall, the
team stayed steady with a 9-17 record, still in the cellar holding hands with
the Phillies. A positive is they
didn't lose any ground, staying just ten games out.
At the start of this period on
June 30, the Cardinals were scheduled for a doubleheader vs. the Athletics #2
squad, but weather prevented the games.
They were pushed back one day to July 1st. Game 1 ended their winning streak, as
the A's struck out ten and held the Cardinals to just two hits and one run. The starter for the Redbirds had a great
outing, but a sacrifice in the 6th would be the nail in the coffin as
they lost 2-1. Game 2 saw better
results, as the Cardinals were given nine free bases (eight walks and one hit by
pitch). The closer blew the save,
but the hitting picked him up for the win, 4-3.
The Cardinals extended their
winning streak to two games as they visited the 1st place Mariners
and pounded them, 11-3. The team
scored four in the 6th and the bullpen held the Mariners to one hit
in the final three frames. Adding a
little insult, the Cardinals ran up the score in the 9th, scoring
four more. The team's ace hit a
slight bump in the road but still managed to collect the win.
The Cardinals then hosted the
Athletics #1 squad, and what transpired is probably the most embarrassing game
this DSL Cardinals team has played all season. The A's would use only two pitchers and
they would go on to no-hit the Redbirds.
It would have been a perfect game if it wasn't for one error committed by
the A's left fielder. On a positive
note, the Cardinals' pitching was almost as great, allowing two hits, four runs,
three walks, and striking out 13.
The three walks and three errors committed would haunt the team.
We all know the team's hitting is
pretty much horrible, but I personally would have never thought they would be
held to no hits in a game. Somebody
forgot to bring the bats that day...fire the bat boy
Santo Sandoval had three straight games where he
got on base, before the no-hitter July 3.
The 19-year old outfielder went 1-for- 9 (.111) for the week, but he
walked six times, scored six runs, and stole two bases. The 6'1" 180 pounder took over the team
lead in walks and leads the squad with five stolen bases. He's 5-for-8 in stolen base
opportunities and leads the team with OBP (.373). Also during the week, he
struck out five times.
Jeudis Polanco started a two-game hitting streak
with the playing time he was provided.
The 18-year old catcher went 2-for-6 with one RBI, two runs, two walks,
and three strike outs. The
second-year DSL participant also gunned down the only base stealing attempt in
his two games. The 6'1" 190 pounder
out of Santo Domingo bumped his batting average up to
.158 and we hope to see more of him with Audris Perez
Jose Pasen rebounded from his two previous
bad outings to pitch a very nice game.
The 18-year old right-hander made his only start on July 1 in the first
game of the doubleheader vs. the Athletics #2 squad. He pitched five strong innings allowing
three hits, one (earned) run, one walk, one hit batter and striking out
three. The 6'1" 180 pounder also
kept the ball down, with a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 8-2. Pasen spent last season as a DSL
Cardinals' outfielder, mainly in right field, and there he had a .165 batting
average with one double and six RBIs.
Ramon Urena made a decent outing for the DSL
Cardinals this week and has been a steady arm in the rotation for the team. The 18-year old right-hander started on
July 3, pitching five innings allowing only one hit, two (earned) runs, one
walk, one hit batter, five strikeouts, and threw four wild pitches. His control is what scored the runs and
the team not hitting gave him his third loss of the season. The Cardinals' 2007 July 2nd
signee carries a 2.86 ERA, which is second best among regular
Eddy Rivera made one relief appearance this
week for the DSL Cardinals. On July
3, the 19-year old right-hander finished off the Cardinals' 4-0 loss to the
Athletics #1 squad. He pitched two
no-hit innings allowing one walk and striking out five of eight batters
faced. The 2007-08 fall/winter
signee has not allowed an earned run in his last three relief appearances (5.2
innings) and has struck out ten over eight innings.
Randy Santos has been a solid addition to the
Cardinals' bullpen. This week the
17-year old left-hander made one relief appearance on July 2, pitching two
no-hit innings allowing only two walks.
The recent signee out of Puerto Plata, kept both inherited runners on
base as he collected his first save of the season. Santos has pitched 7.2 innings in five games
and hasn't allowed a single earned run, but has walked six and struck out
Alexander Castellano makes
it a second week in a row on the DSL "not" list. The 19-year old outfielder went 0-for-7
with three strikeouts this week. In
the last two weeks he has gone 4-for-28 (.143) with three runs, two walks, and
eight strike outs. The right-handed
hitter had his playing time cut back this last week, only getting in two of the
four games played. And his batting
average has dropped to .220, sliding to second overall on the
Audris Perez had a tough week at the plate and
in the field. The 19-year old
catcher/first baseman went 1-for-15 (.067) with one RBI and two strikeouts. 5'9" 180-pounder out of Sabana
Grande is still the power in the lineup as he leads the team in home runs, RBIs,
and SLG. Perez managed to stay
constant, nailing 50% of the attempting base runners (3-for-6). But he also had a pick off attempt
error, a throwing error, and one passed ball.
Eduard Estalis blew his only save opportunity of
the week. The 19-year old
right-handed closer pitched July 1, in the second game of a doubleheader,
allowing three hits, one (earned) run, one walk, one wild pitch, and struck out
two in two innings. Even though he
blew the save, the team scored and he took the win. If pushed to pitch two full
innings, Estalis seems to get tired and give up the runs. The Haitian has had four two-inning
outings and chalked up six earned runs.
Missing From The
17-year old right-hander Jaime
Sanchez was signed last July.
Farm Director Jeff Luhnow listed him at 6'5", 190 pounds and had an 86-87
mph fastball along with a solid curve.
Luhnow also projected him to be a starter. Sanchez was born in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic and has not shown
up on any of the rookie-level rosters.
The team batting took another step
back, falling from .191 to .184, now last overall in the league. The Cardinals are second to last in
these categories: hits (147), stolen bases (23), and OPS (.560). And are third to last in these
categories: total bases (210), OBP (.297), and SLG (.263). All other stats are in the bottom half
compared to the league.
The Cardinals pitching had another
week of improvement, with 0.13 of ERA shaved off last week's to 3.49. They have allowed 176 hits
(3rd best), 111 runs (6th best), and four home runs (tied
for 3rd best). The
team's WHIP improved to 1.27. But
they could use a little help in the strikeout department, only having claimed
212 victims (6th worst).
Audris Perez is tied for 4th with
four home runs.
Angel Cruz is tied for 1st with
one complete game and tied for 9th with a 0.82
Alejandro Pinales is tied for 10th with
July 7: Mariners (20-8,
July 8: @ Athletics #1 (12-7,
July 9: Phillies (9-17, tied for
July 10: Off
July 11: Athletics #2 (10-11,
July 12: @ Mariners (20-8,
July 13: Athletics #1 (12-7,
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