The Cardinals rookie-level club finished the season 12 games under .500 at 27-39, but played much better after their 1-9 start.
The Dominican Summer League
Cardinals basically played the reserves this week and wrote off the season in
terms of winning. The Redbirds did
extend their winning streak from the week before to three games, to only be
handed four straight losses to end the season. So the team went 1-4, dropping them 12
games under .500 to 27-39. They
finish in the cellar 1 ½ games behind 4th place and 15 games out of
The Cardinals opened up this
period with a doubleheader vs. the Athletics #2 squad. The club's starter was knocked out after
one inning but they received quality pitching from their relievers over the next
11 innings. Both teams kept each
other to six hits each and the Cardinals were lucky, scoring the winning run in
the bottom of the 12th on walks. The A's #2 took revenge in the second
game, winning 4-3, scoring all four runs in the top of the 7th. The Cardinals had the game in the bag,
as the A's committed four errors to allow the three runs to score. But the Redbirds' long reliever must of
gotten tired and was pounded on in the final frame.
The Cardinals visited the
1st place Mariners in the next game and struck first, scoring two
runs in the first. The M's answered
back getting the runs across in the 2nd and 3rd innings,
then the two winning runs in the 5th.
The Redbirds committed three fielding errors dooming the game for the
team. They did their best to
rebound, scoring two in top of the 9th, but came up
The Athletics #1 team came to town
and blanked the Cardinals 3-0. This
pretty much ensured that the A's would claim the 4th place spot in
the standings. The Cardinals were
held to five hits and committed two errors, giving away the runs in the
5th. The Redbirds' staff
pitched a great game as the starter went five innings of six-hit ball and the
two relievers following allowed two hits and no runs over the final four
The final game of the season
started and ended like the three previous did. The Cardinals scored first, the Phillies
answered back with the tying and leading runs, and the Cardinals tried to make a
final run in the end. The home team
Phils held the Redbirds to five hits as they clubbed 11. The Cardinals pitching took a hit, as
two of the four arms used coughed up the six runs in five innings and the other
two pitched three scoreless innings.
The bats were again not there to help out and the fielders threw away
three balls for errors.
Michael Avila ends the season on a four game
hitting streak. The 18-year old
second baseman went 5-for-18 (.278) with three doubles, one home run, two RBIs,
four runs, one walk, and eight strike outs. He was also 3-for-4 in the stolen base
department. After sitting the bench
most the season, Avila was gradually eased into a small starting
role and did pretty well, only committing one error this week. The Cardinals' July 2, 2007 free agent
signee also got the bump to the lead-off spot in the last two games of the
season. In his last ten games,
Avila compiled a
.344 batting average increasing his average to .219 on the season.
Jorge Lopez will also end the 2008 season on
a hitting streak of five games. The
17-year old shortstop went 5-for-15 (.333) with one double and two strike
outs. The rookie VSL participant
collected a two hit game on August 20 and improved his batting average on the
season to .218. His five hits tied
Avila for the
team high on the week. Lopez also
picked up his 5th error on the season on August
Angel De Jesus missed last week but returns this
week with a so-so start. The
19-year old right hander made his 5th start of the season on August
22, pitching five innings, allowing six hits, three unearned runs, one walk,
throwing one wild pitch, and striking out five. De Jesus made one of the better starts
for the VSL Cardinals, but it still ended in him collecting his 4th
loss on the 2008 season. The rookie
VSL participant ends the season with a 2-4 record and 1.75 ERA. De Jesus allowed only one earned one and
struck out 18 in his last five appearances (21 innings).
Eduard Estalis makes his return to the ‘Hot
List', but this time as a long reliever.
The 19-year old right-hander pitched four innings of two hit ball on
August 20, striking out five, walking one, hitting one batter, and throwing one
wild pitch. He also had a 4-2
ground out-fly out ratio. The
rookie VSL participant was called upon in the 8th to possibly close
the game out, but the Redbirds did not score a run and it was extended to 12
innings. Estalis ends the season
with a 2.31 ERA and struck out 40 over 35 innings, only walking
Charllan Jimenez made one of his best appearances
since returning to the VSL roster.
The 18-year old right-hander was called on after Ramon Urena
couldn't pitch beyond the 1st inning on August 20. Jimenez allowed only one hit, no runs,
walked one, and struck out three over the next six innings. The rookie VSL participant was called on
again to finish off the August 23 game and did so giving up two hits in one
scoreless inning. Jimenez didn't
allow a single earned run in his return, which spanned eight innings and earned
The Birdhouse's ‘Pitcher of the Day' honors on August 21.
Juan Cabrera had a rough week picking up only
one hit in his three game-shortened week.
The 20-year old shortstop went 1-for-11 (.091) with one walk, two stolen
bases, one hit by pitch, and struck out six times. Cabrera spent time at 2B, SS, and even
in LF this past week. Cabrera ends
the season pretty much a safe distance away, in 2nd, from team leader
Audris Perez in the batting stats.
Victor Ferreira not only had a bad week at the
plate, but also behind it too. The
17-year old C/RF went 2-for-12 (.167) with one run, one RBI, one walk, and three
strike outs. Ferreira had his
ten-game on base streak snapped August 21 and couldn't get a hit in the last two
games. The rookie DSL participant
played two of four games at the catcher position, where six bases were stolen on
him and he had a throwing error on top of that. He was only able to throw out one
attempted base stealer.
Santo Sandoval ends his season pretty much where
it has been all season, on the ‘Not List'.
The 19-year old left fielder went 1-for-10 (.100) with two walks, one
stolen base, five strike outs, and one caught stealing. In his last ten games he had more
strikeouts than hits (9-to-8), but did manage to keep his batting average above
.200 (at .208). The rookie DSL
participant ends the season 2nd on the team in stolen bases and was
only nabbed five times. Just
imagine what Sandoval may of done if he had gotten on base more; lots of
Jose Pasen stumbled in his last start of the
season, this after being the go-to guy with Angel Cruz's promotion. The 18-year old right-hander made his
last start on August 21, where he allowed six hits, four runs (two earned), two
walks, and struck out only two before being pulled after the
3rd. Pasen also threw
one wild pitch and threw away a ball on a pick off attempt, to collect his
4th loss on the season.
With the Cardinals rotation struggling lately, Pasen's performance was a
complete downer for the club. The
2nd year DSL participant ends the season as the team's strike out
leader (59) and pitched the most innings (53.1).
Ramon Urena had trouble in his last two
starts. The 18-year old made his
first start on August 20, giving up two hits, one earned run, and tossing a wild
pitch in only one inning. On August
23, Urena was up again in the rotation pitching four innings coughing up five
hits, three earned runs, two walks, one wild pitch, and striking out five. Twice In the last ten games the
Cardinals' July 3, 2007 free agent signee was limited to only one inning in a
start. He also picked up five
losing decisions in those ten outings, for a final 1-6 record. Urena's 3.42 ERA does stand out as
2nd best on the team among the full-time
C/1B Audris Perez received
a well overdue promotion to the Gulf Coast League Cardinals on August 22. He made his last start with the DSL Cardinals on August 20 and was pulled before he made a plate appearance. The 19-year old prospect left the team
leading in doubles, home runs, RBIs, total bases, SLG, AVG, and OBP. Wader Perez tied him for the lead in hits during the week.
Keury Herrera was bumped to the bullpen on
August 21. The 17-year old
left-hander came out with the same results he has shown in the last half of the
season. He pitched two innings
allowing four hits, two runs (one earned), one walk, and chalked up one home
Right-handed reliever Amaury Castillo hadn't pitched since August 11.
Right-handed reliever Christian Concepcion hadn't pitched since August 6.....possible
The Cardinals team batting took a
couple steps back, falling from .226 to .224, which is 8th from last
in the league. All other batting stats pretty much fell closer to bottom half of
the league, with only a few categories staying in the middle (such as triples
and home runs).
The Cardinals team ERA improved a
lot from 3.85 to 3.67, but their WHIP stayed at 1.41. The team did finish 12th with
five shut outs, but all other pitching stats where right in the middle as it has
been all season.
The individual player stat leaders
will not be posted in the final week.
The MiLB site is way behind on updates, possibly a week or so.
The St. Louis Cardinals
Instructional League for a few in the fall and rest probably will play for the
organization in the Dominican Parallel League.
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