Dominican Summer League Cards Report: 08/18

The 25-35 Cards rookie-level club went 2-3 on the week, their second to the last of the season. At this point, a reasonable goal is to try to escape last place.



The Dominican Summer League Cardinals had their string of winning weeks ended this past period.  The team went 2-3 this past week, after going 8-4 in the previous two.  The Cardinals also fell another game back of the 1st place Mariners (14 behind now), but keep within striking distance of the second-to-last Athletics #1 squad (two games out).


The Cardinals started off this period getting a whooping from the Mariners, on the M's turf.  The Mariners were looking for payback after dropping the last two games to the Redbirds.  The Cardinals tossed out their struggling starter and the following two bullpen arms didn't contribute much, coughing up 11 runs.  The fielding sure didn't help out either committing three errors, just giving away six of those 11 runs.  The M's won 11-3 on some great pitching by their bullpen arms who limited the Cardinals to only three hits in the final six frames.


The next game the Cardinals shut down the Athletics #1 team, holding them to only two hits in the first game of a doubleheader.  The Redbirds starter was only able to pitch one inning, but the bullpen came through, only giving up two runs (one earned).  The Cardinals picked up three runs, on top of the one in the 1st, in the 3rd and won 4-2.  The second game of the doubleheader took their turn keeping the Birds in their nest.  The Cardinals sent their newly dubbed ace of the staff to the mound.  Same results as usual from him, but the offense couldn't come through and they lost 2-1.


The red hot Phillies hosted the Cardinals next and extended the Cards losing streak to two games.  The Phils scattered 11 singles across the field and scoreboard.  And again the team committed four errors, allowing three freebies for the Phillies.  This also was a bullpen game for the Cardinals, who are still searching for a starter for the rotation.  The Phillies have now climbed all the way to 2nd and one game over .500.


Both August 15 (@ Athletics #2) and 16 (vs. Mariners) games were postponed and possibly cancelled due to Tropical Storm Fay, which is getting ready to hit Florida this week.  Yes I'm bringing some baseball updates and a little weather report to The Birdhouse.


The finale of the period was a nail biter for the Cardinals who were visiting the struggling Athletics #1 squad.  The Redbirds drew blood right off the bat in the 1st inning and scored in the 5th.  However the A's answered back with two runs, one in the 3rd and another that tied the game in the 5th.  Both team's starters pitched great games, but the bullpen was the key going into extra innings.  The Cardinals tapped their closer to finish the game, giving up two hits and no runs.  The Birds squeezed a run through in the 10th for a 3-2 win.


This coming week is the final one for the team.  They are only two games behind the A's #1 team and have a total of five games left on the schedule (at this time), so lets hope the Cardinals can get themselves together and step out of the cellar.  Plus the mold is really bothering my allergies.


Who's Hot

Luis Pimentel extended his hitting streak to 11 games before it was snapped in the second game of the July 12 doubleheader.  The 19-year old utility player went 7-for-18 (.389) with one double, two RBIs, one walk, one hit by pitch, and one strike out.  The right-handed swinger has picked up multi-hit games in the last two played (two and three hits).  Pimentel most of his time at first base, where he had trouble handling two pick off attempts, and a small amount of time in the DH slot and the hot corner during the week.  The first year DSL participant is currently 3rd on the team with hits, doubles, and RBIs.


Santo Sandoval makes the jump over to the hot list after having a slow previous couple weeks.  The 19-year old outfielder went 6-for-15 (.400) with two doubles, three RBIs, one run, two stolen bases, and three strikeouts.  The 6'1" 180 played in left field and center field, picking up two outfield assists at both positions and had two multi-hit games in his last two starts.  Sandoval leads the team in steals and is 15-for-19 on the season.


Victor Ferreira extended his hitting streak to seven games this past week.  The 17-year old catcher/right fielder went 3-for-10 (.300) with one double, one RBI, one run, and one walk in the three games he played.  The rookie DSL participant just barely missed last week's hot list.  Ferreira did have a little trouble behind the plate in the two games he made appearances, allowing two stolen bases and one passed ball.  He would be 5th on the team with a .247 batting average, but lack of at-bats keeps him out of the running.


Eduard Estalis picked up his 10th save and 5th win on the season this past period.  The 19-year old right-handed closer made his first appearance August 12, pitching one hitless and scoreless inning to pick up a save.  And on August 17 he was called upon as the team was tied heading into the 9th.  The 6'1" 172 pound Haitian held the game in check for two innings, giving up two hits, nor runs, and striking out two.  The Cardinals scored in the 10th to give Estalis the win.  He hasn't allowed an earned run in his last three games (4 innings) and only three earned runs in the last 12.1 innings.


Walter Santos makes a return to "the list" and this time on the good side.  The 18-year old left-handed reliever made two appearances this past week.  The first came on August 11, as he pitched one scoreless innings allowing only one hit and striking out one.  Santos stopped the bleeding for the game as the three previous pitchers coughed up 11 runs before him.  Then on August 13 he was called on, again to end the game and no runs scored.  The second year Cardinal farmhand struck out three of four batters (hit one batter) and stranded two inherited runners.  Santos has struck out 18 and walked only six in 18 innings pitched this season.


Who's Not


Alexander Castellano has been seeing less and less playing time as the season winds down after pretty much being an everyday outfielder for the team at the beginning of 2008.  This week the 19-year old outfielder went 1-for-9 (.111) with one walk and four strikeouts.  Castellano had picked it up at the start of August and it has kind of calmed to a slump.  The rookie DSL participant does have a .294 (10-for-34) batting average in his last 10 games, but has struck out 46 times in 171 at-bats for the season.


Jorge Lopez has been getting a little more playing time as the season winds down, but really is not doing to much to impress.  The 17-year old shortstop went 2-for-14 (.143) with one run, one RBI, one walk, two strikeouts, and one caught stealing.  His season batting average is sitting at .200 at this time, but if he continues like he has the past ten games (.172), it could dip under.  The 5'11" 175 pounder also picked up his 4th error and has been used mostly as a bench player for the season.


Roberto Reyes makes it a second week in a row on the not list.  The 19-year old center fielder wore the donut all week going 0-for-10 with two strike outs.  The first year DSL player also saw his playing time dwindle to just three of the five games played this period.  Reyes's batting average (.171) has dropped to worst among Cardinals' players with at least 100 at-bats or more and he has only five hits in his last 35 at-bats.


Keury Herrera has built a house and now is planting a garden on the "Who's Not" list.  The 17-year old left-handed starter made one start this period, pitching just three innings allowing five hits, four runs, four walks, uncorking one wild pitch, and striking out four.  The positive is the four runs were unearned, but walking seven over his last 6.2 innings is not.  The rookie DSL Cardinal is probably counting down the days ‘til the end of the season.


Various Notes


Audris Perez has seen his playing time cut since the All-Star game.  It makes a person wonder if the Cardinals' power hitter is either injured or possibly getting some well-deserved rest. My hope is he receives a promotion to finish out the 2008 season in the Gulf Coast League.


Charllan Jimenez made his return this past week after missing a majority of the season.  The 18-year old right-hander pitched the final two innings in the August 12 game, allowing no hits or runs and striking out two.  His last appearance came June 20.


18-year old left-handed pitcher Pedro Pena has been out since August 7.


18-year old right-handed reliever Christian Concepcion has been out since August 6.


The Pirates swept the Mariners in a best of three series to claim the VSL Championship.


Dominican Summer League*


The Cardinals batting average stayed steady at .226 and various other stats continue to either stay on pace or creep slowly up to the middle of the pack.  


The Cardinals team ERA improved from 3.91 to 3.85 and their WHIP also improved from 1.42 to 1.41.  Finally after a couple rough weeks for the pitching staff we see some arms pick up the slack with Cruz's departure.


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 ten saves and tied for 6th with 21 game finishes.


Alejandro Pinard is tied for 5th with five holds.


* Does not reflect August 17 game.


Final Week of the Regular Season


August 18: Phillies

August 20: @ Athletics #2

August 21: @ Mariners

August 22: Athletics #1

August 23: @ Phillies


Note: These games and dates could change if any postponed games are made up.


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