The 14-24 St. Louis Cardinals rookie level club went 2-4 on the week and moved back into a tie for last place, 12 games back in their division. Juan Cabrera and Keury Herrera are among the hot players.
The DSL Cardinals were looking to
capitalize on last week's success and bring it forward to the 7th
week of play in the Dominican Summer League. That didn't happen, as they actually
fell back into a last place tie with the Phillies. The Cardinals went 2-4, starting the
week off with a loss and ending the week with a loss. All the games were close, at least
within winning distance, but the bullpen struggled and errors came back to bite
the team. They now have a 14-24
record and are now 12 games out of first in the DSL Santo Domingo North
The Cardinals began the week with
a 6-5 loss to the Athletics #1 squad.
The game was looking like a winner for the Redbirds as they scored one in
the 2nd and 3rd then four more in the 5th
putting the team up 5-1. The
bullpen just handed the game over, giving up five runs in the last three
frames. What cost the game was a
pickoff attempt error by the Cardinals game finisher.
Next up the Cardinals took on the
Phillies at their home in a doubleheader.
Great results from the first game as the Cardinals pounded on their
opponents 12-5 and turned a rare triple play. The Redbirds put runs on the board the
following four innings after the first (including a grand slam) and never looked
back. Pitching was a little shaky
as they walked eight and struck out ten.
The Phillies would turn it around and take the second game 4-3 in ten
innings. The Cardinals tied it up
in the 8th inning then lost it after committing four careless errors
and sending out a closer with no control.
Errors came back to haunt the
Cardinals in the next game. The Redbirds where held to two hits by the Athletics
#2 squad and didn't help the cause committing five errors.
And then the Cardinals went into
extra innings in the following game, but this time better results ensued. The Mariners scored one in the
3rd and another in the 9th, but the Birdies scored two in
the bottom of the 9th to extend the game. The bullpen held the M's to two
scoreless frames and the Cardinals won the game on a RBI line drive into right
field by the team's star hitter.
This ended a two game losing streak.
Their winning streak would only
last one game as the Cardinals visited the Athletics #1 team and lost to them
once again. The game was a hitfest
for both teams; Cards with 12 and A's with 15. The Redbirds did try to make a comeback
as they were down 10-2 in the 5th inning, but failed to get more runs
across and hold their opponents within striking distance. The six errors committed by the
Cardinals also factored in costing six runs.
The final game of this period was
to be hosted by the Cardinals vs. the Phillies, but it was cancelled due to
Audris Perez stays on the hot list with an
eight game hitting streak, the last four being multi-hit. The 19-year old catcher only played in
three games this past week, but he went 5-for-9 with one double, two RBI's, one
stolen base, and struck out four times.
The 5'9" 180 pounder collected a three-hit game and drove in two runs of
the three runs scored by the DSL Cardinals on July 17, for a 3-2 win. He did however struggle behind the plate
nailing only two runners out of a total of five that attempted steals.
Juan B. Cabrera had a five-game hitting streak
mid-week and clubbed the most hits for the squad altogether. The 20-year old shortstop went 8-for-22
(.364) with one RBI, four runs, one stolen base, and two strike outs. The second year DSL participant did
commit three errors during the week, bringing his total to seven for the 2008
season. In the last ten games
Cabrera is 14-for-43 (.326) with four multi-hit games and only four for no
Luis Pimentel has collected a hit in eight of
his last ten games and will be riding a two-game hitting streak into next
week. The 19-year old utility
infielder went 6-for-19 (.316) with one double, three RBIs, one walk, one stolen
base, and three strike outs. The
rookie DSL participant has walked more than he has struck out on the season,
Victor Ferreira made his big return a week and a
half and he now is getting playing time in the outfield, mainly left. The 17-year old C/OF went 4-for-18
(.222) with one double, one home run, seven RBIs, two runs, one walk, five
strike outs, and one caught stealing.
On July 14 he made his big return with a bang going 2-for-4; one hit was
a double, one was a grand slam, and he also had a sac fly; driving in five of
the Cardinals 12 runs scored.
Keury Herrera rebounded from his last start
where he only lasted two innings before being pulled. The 17-year old left-hander made his
only start on July 13, pitching five innings, allowing one hit, one (earned)
run, three walks, one hit batter, and striking out one. The Cardinals' 2008 signee did not get
the win as the bullpen blew the game, but his ERA did dip under 3.00 to 2.96 on
the season. He also has now gone
five innings in four of his six starts in 2008.
Wader Perez continued his four-game hitting
streak into this past week, but it was broken up on July 16. The 18-year old second baseman went
3-for-19 (.158) with one double, two RBIs, three runs, four walks, four stolen
bases, and two strike outs. He
struggled mid-week not getting a hit in two of his games played and he also
committed two fielding errors for a team leading 11 now.
Santo Sandoval also struggled connecting with
the ball during the week. The
19-year old outfielder went 4-for-18 (.222) with two doubles, very first triple,
three RBIs, three walks, and five strike outs. His five strikeouts push him up to
3rd overall on the DSL Cardinals team, with 30. The rookie DSL participant has now
struck out more times than hit in his last ten games, 11-8.
Bernardo Villar made a great impression on July 12
(2-for-4 with 2 RBIs) to earn some at-bats during this week. The 17-year old third baseman didn't
collect a hit going 0-for-7 with one run, one RBI, three walks, two stolen
bases, three strike outs, and one caught stealing. His fielding skills are not too great
either, as he's booted the ball four times in the four games he has played at
third base. If the 6'0" 188 pounder
was looking to finally get off the bench he might have just messed that
Walter Santos had one decent outing in the
beginning of the week, then was hammered in his next relief appearance. On July 16, the 18-year old left-hander
came in to hold the game for a win.
He pitched three innings, allowing three hits, one (earned) run, and
striking out two. Then on July 17
he was pounded for seven hits and eight runs (four earned) in 1.1 innings,
leaving him with his first loss of the season. The Nicaraguan was starting to get into
a groove after being roughed up in his first appearance, but now sees his ERA
jump up to 6.92.
Eddy Rivera had a surprisingly bad relief
outing this past week. The 19-year
old right-hander made his only relief appearance on July 17, allowing no hits,
one (earned) run, walking four and striking out one before being pulled. Eduard Estalis was able to stop
the bleeding holding all his inherited runners on base, but still Rivera took on
his first loss of the 2008 season.
What makes this a surprise is that the rookie hadn't allowed an earned
run in his last five outings (9.1 innings) and only walked five in his last 6.2
innings, before this game.
New Additions and Missing In
Juan Mercedes was signed and added to the DSL
Cardinals roster this last week.
The 19-year old left-hander made two relief appearances, one on July 14
and the other on July 18. Mercedes
first outing was not so pretty as he gave up one hit, one (earned) run, walked
five, and hit one batter, and struck out two over three innings en route to his
first hold for the season. And in
the last game of the week he was brought in for the last inning, allowing two
hits, no runs, walking one, and striking out two.
Right-handed starter Charllan Jimenez has been out since June 20.
Right-handed reliever Carlos Mejia has been out since July 2.
Right-handed starter Ramon Urena was skipped over in the rotation and hasn't pitched since July
The Cardinals team hitting nudged
its way up over the .200 mark, from .195 to .204. We also see some stats start to rise
from the cellar: doubles (13th from the bottom), triples
(11th), and home runs (15th).
The teams ERA glided in a negative
way from 3.44 to 3.48 and their WHIP took a couple hits heading from 1.27 to
1.32. The Cardinals have given up
259 hits (3rd best) and 170 runs (10th best).
Audris Perez is tied for 10th with
four home runs.
Eduard Estalis is tied for 9th with
six saves and tied for 9th with 13 game finishes.
Angel Cruz is tied for 7th with a
Alejandro Pinales is teid for 7th with a
0.80 WHIP and 2nd with three holds.
July 21: Athletics #2 (16-17,
July 22: @ Mariners (27-13,
July 23: Athletics #1 (19-12,
July 24: @ Phillies 14-24,
July 25-27: Off Days (These could
change depending on rain outs being rescheduled)
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