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.
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,
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
Eduard Estalis is tied for 8th with
ten saves and tied for 6th with 21 game
Alejandro Pinard is tied for 5th with
* Does not reflect August 17
Final Week of the Regular
August 20: @ Athletics
August 21: @
August 22: Athletics
August 23: @
Note: These games and dates could
change if any postponed games are made up.
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