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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
The game ended up going into extra
innings and the American League All-Stars won 6-5 in the bottom of the
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
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
Angel Cruz is tied for 1st with
one complete game and tied for 9th with a 0.82
Eduard Estalis is tied for 8th with
seven saves and tied for 7th with 15 game
Alejandro Pinales is tied for 7th with
July 28: Doubleheader @ Athletics
#1 (20-16, 2nd
July 29: Phillies (18-24,
July 30: Off
July 31: Athletics #2 (19-19,
August 1: @ Mariners (30-15,
August 2: Athletics #1 (20-16,
August 3: @ Phillies (18-24,
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