Dominican Summer League Cards Report: 07/28

The 15-28 St. Louis Cardinals rookie level club went 1-4 on the week as they move into the second half of the season. Angel Cruz and Audris Perez are the club's All-Stars.



This period, the Dominican Summer League Cardinals looked to turn around a previous bad week and climb out of the cellar before the All-Star break.  That did not happen as the club only won one of five games played and fell 3 ½ games behind the 4th place Phillies, with whom they were tied last week. 


To start the week, they extended a one game loss into a three game skid, then won a game, and started a losing streak all over again (dropping the last two).  We are starting to see some life in the bats that sure wasn't there in the first month and a half.  And their stellar pitching is taking a big hit with the multiple doubleheaders that are burning up the relievers as they are used in spot starts.


The Cardinals started the week with the Athletics #2 team visiting and taking the game 8-2.  The team's starter had a decent outing, only giving up three runs in the first five.  But the bullpen coughed up the other five runs in the final four frames and the team's lack of getting runs across the plate continued.  They hit, just couldn't get the runs.  Another factor in the game was the Cardinals pitching walking 12 batters.


The next game was a close one as the Cardinals lost 6-4 to the home team Mariners.  Errors were a big factor in the loss, giving the Mariners three extra runs in the first couple of innings.  This game was toe-to-toe from runs to hits to errors.


The Redbirds went on to host the Athletics #1 squad for a doubleheader.  The first game, the Cardinals squeaked by the A's for a 4-3 win, ending a three-game losing streak.  The Cardinals knocked the A's starter out in the 2nd and walks cost their opponents the win.  The second game was a different story as the A's tore into the Cardinals' spot starter, pounding out seven runs in the first four innings.  The Cardinals tried to make a comeback but fell well short in the 10-4 loss.


And for the finale game of the week before the All-Star game, the Cardinals visited the Phillies.  The Phils jumped out in front 4-1 in the 2nd and claimed three more runs in the 7th and 8th.  The Cardinals made a comeback, tying the game in the 9th with three runs and sending the game into extra innings.  The Redbirds closer was brought in for the 10th but he would commit a fielding error, giving the game away in an 8-7 loss.


Who's Hot


Audris Perez extended his hitting streak to ten games before it was broken up on July 23.  The 19-year old C/1B went 7-for-20 (.350) with two doubles, one home run, five RBIs, three runs, and struck out twice.  The right-handed swinger has drove in one RBI in each of his last six games and has seven multi-hit games in his last ten games.  Perez also threw out six of 13 attempted base stealers, gave up a passed ball, and had one error in three games behind the plate.


Juan Cabrera is carrying a six-game hitting streak into next week.  The 20-year old shortstop went 5-for-16 (.313) with one home run, four RBIs, two runs, four walks, two stolen bases, and two strike outs this period.  On July 24, the 6'1" 151 pounder drove in three RBIs for the Cardinals squad that helped send the game into extra innings.  Cabrera also picked up three errors in five games, bumping him to a total of ten for the season.


Wader Perez picked it up after slumping last week.  The 18-year old 2B/3B went 6-for-18 (.333) with one triple, three RBIs, five runs, three walks, four stolen bases, and struck out twice in five games.  The 5'10" 170 pounder has scored one run in each of his last eight games and he leads the Cardinals with 12 stolen bases, nabbing eight in his last ten games.


Luis Pimentel racked up his own current hitting streak of four games.  The 19-year old utility infielder went 6-for-20 (.300) with one RBI, three runs, and one strike out.  Pimentel has put together four multi-hit games in his last ten and has scored one run in his last three games.  This week the 6'1" 180 pounder spent time at first base (one game), designated hitter (two), and third base (two games picking up two errors).


Angel Cruz had the best start on the week for any of the struggling Cardinals' starters.  The 20-year old right-hander made his only start on July 23, pitching five innings allowing four hits, two runs (all earned), two walks, and striking out four.  The bullpen followed Cruz with a strong performance and he picked up his team-leading fourth win. 


Who's Not


Alexander Castellano returns to the "not" list with his lack of hitting this week.  The 19-year old right fielder went 2-for-13 (.154) with one triple, three runs, four walks, and six strike outs.  The 6'1" 160 pounder has now struck out at least once in his last six games, for a total of 11, and has seen his average fall to .219 on the season.  He is tied for the team lead with three triples.


Santo Sandoval makes it a second week in a row on the "not" list.  The 19-year old left fielder hit 2-for-16 (.125) with two RBI's, one run, two stolen bases, seven strike outs, and one caught stealing.  The 6'1" 180 pounder also struck out at least once in his last four games, including a four strike out game on July 22.  In his last ten games, Sandoval is 6-for-34 and has seen his batting average fall to .183.


Alejandro Pinales got his chance to make a case for the Cardinals rotation this last week.  The 19-year old right-hander got the nod on July 23 in game two of a double header.  He was pounded on, allowing eight hits, seven (earned) runs, two home runs, and striking out five in just 3.1 innings.  Carlos Mejia followed and let the inherited runner score and giving Pinales his first loss on the 2008 season.  This was Pinales' second start for the year as he has been mostly used as a long reliever by the Rookie-Level club, unlike the 2007 season when he started in eight of 15 appearances.


Angel DeJesus, like Pinales, was given a start this past week.  The 19-year old right-hander made his very first start of the 2008 season on July 24, pitching four innings allowing two hits, four runs (three earned), four walks, five strikeouts, and threw away the ball on a pickoff attempt.  The 6'6" 188 pounder has been used by the Cardinals as a middle reliever during the season, but with the large amount of games and injuries as of late, DeJesus was tapped for a spot start.


Randy Santos watched his ERA balloon in his latest two relief appearances.  The 17-year old left-hander made his first on July 21 coming in for the 6th inning.  He pitched 1.2 innings allowing three hits, two runs (one earned), and throwing a wild pitch.  Then on July 24, the 6'5" 175 pounder came in for the 7th inning and gave the lead back to the Phillies, allowing two hits, two (earned) runs, three walks, and threw another wild pitch before being pulled after 2/3 of an inning.  Before these two rough games, Santos had not allowed an earned run in his first six games and hadn't given up a hit in his last four games.


Missing In Action


Right-handed starter Charllan Jimenez has been out since June 20.

Right-handed starter Ramon Urena has been out since July 11.

Second baseman Michael Avilia has been out since July 14.


2008 DSL All-Star Game


As announced during the week, right-handed ace Angel Cruz and 1B/C Audris Perez were selected for the summer classic. 


Cruz started for the National League All-Stars and pitched to four batters giving up one hit (a double), no runs, and getting two ground outs and one fly out.


Perez also started, behind the plate, and was in until the 6th inning.  He went 1-for-3 with one double and a game-high two RBIs.  He drove in the two runs in the 1st inning putting the N.L. squad up 4-0.


The game ended up going into extra innings and the American League All-Stars won 6-5 in the bottom of the 10th. 


Dominican Summer League


The Cardinals hitting took a few more baby steps in the right direction, going from .204 to .206.  Their home run total is rising slowly and all other stats either stayed steady or took a step back.


The Cardinals pitching took a huge hit to their stats.  Their ERA jumped from 3.48 to 3.78 and their WHIP went from 1.32 to 1.39.  All other stats took a small hit too, but they still have allowed only 302 hits, good for the 3rd best in the league.


Angel Cruz is tied for 1st with one complete game and tied for 9th with a 0.82 WHIP


Eduard Estalis is tied for 8th with seven saves and tied for 7th with 15 game finishes.


Alejandro Pinales is tied for 7th with three holds.


Up Next


July 28: Doubleheader @ Athletics #1 (20-16, 2nd Place)

July 29: Phillies (18-24, 4th Place)

July 30: Off day

July 31: Athletics #2 (19-19, 3rd Place)

August 1: @ Mariners (30-15, 1st Place)

August 2: Athletics #1 (20-16, 2nd Place)

August 3: @ Phillies (18-24, 4th Palce)



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