Dominican Summer League Cards Report: 08/11

The 23-32 Cardinals rookie-level club went 5-2 on the week, their second consecutive winning period. Angel DeJesus and Carlos Mejia led the mound staff.

Recap

 

The Dominican Summer League Cardinals made it a second week in a row with a winning record.  After going 5-2 the week before, they went 3-2 this period.  With some shifting in the Santo Domingo North Division, the Redbirds (in last place) sit two games behind the Athletics #1 squad, who dropped behind the Phillies in the standings.  The Mariners are now the only team in the division with a winning record and the Cardinals are 13 games behind them.

 

The Cardinals ended last week with their tail feathers getting stomped on and opened this period the same way, but a little worse.  The Cardinals sent their struggling starter to the mound in hope he may turn it around.  That did not happen as the Athletics #2 squad ripped into him for six runs, and the fielding picked up a couple errors helping the A's winning cause.  The bullpen came in and gave up another seven runs and the hitting was just not there for the Redbirds as they lost 13-2.

 

The Cardinals would reverse the thumping in the next game as the team took on the first place Mariners.  The M's came to town and left very unhappy.  The Redbirds lit up their opponents with 17 hits and scored 16 times.  The Cardinals scored six runs in both the 4th and 7th innings with the help of a grand slam by the team's power hitting all-star catcher.  The Mariners tried to make up ground in the 9th, but were held to only three in the final frame and five overall.

 

The Cardinals visited the Athletics #1 squad in the next game.  Walks came back to bite the Cards pitching staff in the 7th, but they scored two in the 9th to extend their winning streak to two games.

 

Next up the Phillies visited for a doubleheader.  The Cardinals starter pitched well until he tired in the 5th and coughed up two runs and the lead.  The Phillies bullpen then allowed the Cardinals to make a small run as the Cards scored four in the 8th to take the lead.  Then with the help of errors and a tired bullpen, the Phillies tied the game and won it in the 11th.

 

In game two, it was all Cardinals.  They scored four runs in the first four innings without an answer from the Phillies.  Some great pitching from the Cardinals starting hurler and the team's closer finished off the game (in a non-save situation) not allowing a hit in the final inning.  The Redbirds' third baseman drove in three of the four runs for a 4-0 shutout.

 

The finale vs. the Athletics #2 team was postponed due to the wonderful weather they have in the Dominican.

 

Who's Hot

 

Audris Perez still continues to tear up the Dominican Summer League.  The 19-year old C/1B went 7-for-19 (.368) with two doubles, one home run, six RBIs, two runs, and one strikeout.  Perez now had an 11-game hitting streak and has five multi-hit games in the last ten games.  The 2008 DSL All-Star slugged a grand slam on August 6th in a Cardinals trample of the Mariners.  Behind the plate he allowed two stolen bases, one passed ball, nabbed one runner, and picked off a base runner off second base.

 

Wader Perez will be carrying a four-game hitting streak on into next week.  The 18-year old 2B-3B went 7-for-21 (.333) with three doubles, one triple, eight RBI's, five runs, three walks, and one strikeouts.  Perez was also 2-for-4 on stolen base chances, putting him at 15 (team lead) on the season.  In his last ten games the rookie DSL player has a .316 batting average bumping him up to .240 on the season and 4th overall on the team.  Perez also leads the team in runs scored and walks after his strong performance on the week.

 

Luis Pimentel is chasing Audris Perez's hitting streak, with his own of nine games currently.  The 19-year old utility player went 5-for-17 (.294) with three RBIs, three runs, two walks, one stolen base, and four strikeouts.  Pimentel has also made it safely on base in his last ten straight games and has seen his average climb slightly to .231 on the season.  The rookie DSL player had a tough time in the field as he was placed at third base twice during the week and committed two errors in both games.  He also played left field and was tapped as designated hitter twice.

 

Angel De Jesus made two appearances in one day for the DSL Cardinals.  The 19-year old right-hander was called upon August 8 to as the long reliever following Ramon Urena.  De Jesus pitched two innings, allowing one hit, one (unearned) run, and struck out two.  Just hours later he was back on the mound as the starter for the Redbirds pitching six scoreless innings, scattering four hits, hitting one batter, and striking out six.  He even kept the ball down on the ground with a 9-to-2 ground out-fly out ratio and picked up his second win on the season.  The 6'6" 188 pounder has a 1.73 ERA, has struck out 25 and walked nine batters over his last 26 innings.

 

Carlos Mejia also made two great appearances this week.  The 19-year old right-hander first pitched on August 6 and stopped the bleeding after newly added Christian Concepcion was hammered out.  He followed Concepcion with a no-hit inning, just walking one, and striking out the other three batters.  Then on August 7 the Cardinals called on Mejia after starter Eddy Rivera left after walking one batter.  The 6'2" 180 pounder pitched five scoreless innings, allowing just two hits, hitting one batter, throwing one wild pitch, and striking out just one.   Mejia's ERA sits at 2.59 and he has 18 strikeouts and 10 walks over 24.1 innings.

 

Who's Not

 

Santo Sandoval has seen his average gradually dip below .200 in his last ten games.  The 19-year old outfielder went 1-for-17 (.083) with one home run, three RBIs, four runs, one stolen base, and four strikeouts.  He has reached base in his last seven straight games, but has struck out 12 times compared to his six hits in the last ten games.  The 6'1" 180 pounder now is second on the team in strikeouts with 50.

 

Roberto Reyes is another regular that picked up only one hit during the period.  The 19-year old center fielder went 1-for-10 (.100) with one run, one walk and struck out five times.  His six-game hitting streak was snapped at the beginning of the week and he struck out four times in his last game.  The left handed swinger is also climbing the ladder in the strikeout category, now with 47 (3rd on the team).

 

Pedro Pena hit a bump in the road in his latest appearances.  The 17-year old left-hander was called on at the beginning of the week, on August 5, to pick up the slack after starting pitcher Keury Herrera again couldn't get out of the 4th inning.  He pitched 1.1 innings chalking up two hits, two (earned) runs, walking two, throwing one wild pitch, and striking out two.  Pena did keep his inherited runner on base.  Then on August 7, the rookie DSL pitcher didn't allow a hit and struck out two, but walked three, hit a batter, and was tagged for three (earned) runs in 1.1 innings for his second hold of the season.  Pena was doing well until his meltdown this past week.  His ERA still hovers a little over 4 at 4.02.

 

Keury Herrera has made a home for himself on the not list, this being the second straight week.  The 17-year old left-hander made his only start on August 5, dragging through 3.2 innings allowing five hit, six runs (three earned), walking three, hitting one batter, and throwing one wild pitch past the catcher.  Herrera only struck out two in the start and picked one runner off en route to his 4th loss on the 2008 season.  The 6'1" 180 pounder has picked up four losses in his last six starts and has been knocked out by the fourth inning in the last three.

 

Christian Concepcion made his big debut this week for the 2008 DSL Cardinals, after being demoted from the Gulf Coast League on August 6.  The 18-year old right-handed reliever was called in for the 9th inning and proceeded to give up a walk, a single, a three-run home run, and another walk before being pulled.  Not a good start to his DSL career.  The rookie DSL pitcher has allowed 13 hits, 21 (earned) runs, two home runs, 19 walks, and struck out only six in 7.2 innings in eight total relief appearances (GCL and DSL).

 

Various Notes

 

Angel Cruz has been promoted to the GCL Cardinals.  The 20-year old right-hander and ace of the staff will be missed after posting a 4-2 record with a 1.62 ERA including one complete game and a start in the 2008 DSL All-Star game. 

 

Charllan Jimenez has still not made an appearance since June 20.

 

Andres Beras, who was suspended on July 29, played the outfield on August 8.  This could be an error on the part of MiLB.  More on this coming later.

 

Dominican Summer League*

 

The Cardinals batting average takes another baby step in the positive direction, from .220 to .226.  All other hitting stats are creeping into the middle of the pack in the league.  It's nice to finally see the bats come alive and show some consistency. 

 

The Cardinals ERA took another hit, rising from 3.81 to 3.95 and their WHIP went up also, from 1.41 to 1.42.  It seems the pitching is taking a major hit since starting the season solid.  New faces and injuries (this is just a guess) are starting to add up, and it doesn't help the team's ace has been promoted and replaced with a struggling reliever.

 

Audris Perez is tied for 9th with six home runs and 6th with a .500 SLG.

 

Angel Cruz is tied for 1st with one complete game and tied for 8th with a 0.84 WHIP.

 

Eduard Estalis is tied for 8th with nine saves and tied for 8th with 19 game finishes.

 

Alejandro Pinales is tied for 4th with five holds.

 

* does not include August 9 game.

 

Next Up

August 11: @ Mariners (37-20, 1st Place)

August 12: Athletics #1 (22-27, 4th Place)

August 13: @ Phillies (26-28, 3rd Place)

August 14: Day Off

August 15: Athletics #2 (25-26, 2nd Place)

August 16: Mariners (37-20, 1st Place)

August 17: Athletics #1 (22-27, 4th Place)

 

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MiLB DSL Cardinals site: link

 

 

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