The Dominican Summer League Cardinals had a superb week taking six of seven games played. The Redbirds are now 27-15 and have crept up to one game out of first place. The team is 15-6 at home and 12-9 on the road this season.
The Cardinals opened the week hosting the Mariners. The Redbirds scored three runs in the first two frames and that's all they needed as the pitching staff handled the rest. The team's starter struck out nine Mariner batters and all three pitchers held them to three singles. The Cardinals shut out the M's 3-0.
The Cardinals visited the Athletics in the next game. The Redbirds took an early lead backed by their starter for six innings. The Cardinals added on another two but the bullpen coughed up the lead allowing four runs to plate in the eighth. The game went into extras and the Cardinals pulled it out with a run in the top of the tenth and their closer shut the A's down for a 5-4 victory.
Next, the Phillies came to town to visit the Cardinals. The Phils were the first to strike, but the Redbirds added three in the third and fourth combined. The Phillies plated another in the sixth and the Cardinals tacked on another three runs in the eighth, pulling off a 6-2 win.
The Cardinals visited the Mariners for a doubleheader, making up the July 9th rainout. In the first game, the Redbirds received a quality start as he struck out ten and almost went the distance. The Cardinals scored two in the sixth which was good enough for the win but added on another for a 3-1 victory.
In the second game of the doubleheader, the M's hit the Cardinals two All-Star pitching representatives hard, getting seven hits and five runs in the first five frames. The Redbirds went silent at the plate only connecting for three singles and plating one. The Mariners won 5-1 and handed the Cardinals their only loss in this period.
The Cardinals welcomed the Athletics in for the next contest. The Redbirds effectively went with a bullpen game using four different pitchers who collectively gave up seven hits and held the A's to one run. The Cardinals scored two for the early lead and added on another two for a 4-1 win.
The Cardinals went on the road in the final game of the period to play the Phillies. The Phils scored two in the first and went silent as the Cardinals scored in six of the first seven frames. The Redbirds doubled up the Phillies 8-4 to begin another winning steak at now two games.
Jorge Lopez will carry a three-game multi-hit streak into the next week. The 18-year old right-handed hitter went 8-for-14 (.571) with one double, one RBI, one strikeout, and one caught stealing. He played all five of his games at second base and helped turn two double plays. The second-year DSL participant has nudged his batting average up to .302 on the season.
Roberto Reyes got on base in all six games he played this period. The 20-year old left-handed hitter went 5-for-21 (.238) with one double, one triple, one RBI, six runs, five walks, four stolen bases, four strikeouts, one caught stealing, and grounded into one double play. He played three games in centerfield, one right field, one as designated hitter, and two at first base, where he was on the back end of two double plays. The second-year DSL participant is second on the team in RBIs, tied for third in total bases, fourth in runs, first in walks, tied for second in stolen bases, third in OBP, second in SLG, and second in OPS.
Santo Sandoval not only slugged a home run this week but stole four bases in one game. The 20-year old right-handed hitter went 4-for-16 (.250) with two doubles, one home run, five RBIs, five runs, one walk, five stolen bases, one hit by pitch, five strikeouts, one caught stealing, and grounded into one double play. He played four games in left field and two in right, where he committed one fielding error. The second-year DSL participant is third on the team in home runs and tied for second in stolen bases.
Alejandro Pinard worked both sides of the pitching staff this week. The 20-year old right-hander made a start on July 15 pitching five innings and allowing seven hits, one earned run, one walk, and striking out four for his fourth winning decision of the season. He was then called upon to finish off the July 17th contest. Pinard gave up one hit, no runs, and threw a wild pitch for his first save of the season. The third-year DSL pitcher is showing that he can contribute anyway he can with the making five starts in 11 appearances, earning four wins, one complete game, and picking up a save this season.
Michael Santana followed Pinard much the same way. The 18-year old right-hander made his only start of the week on July 14, pitching six scoreless innings and giving up five hits, three walks, striking out three and picking one runner off. On July 18th he was called on to pitch the final three frames of the game. Santana was perfect and picked up his first save of the season. The rookie DSL pitcher has not allowed an earned run in six of his ten appearances and sits with a 1.93 ERA on the season.
Eduard Estalis stepped up to the closer role and earned three saves in three of his chances this past week. The 20-year old right-hander made three relief appearances pitching on July 13th, 14th, and 16th. He pitched a combined 2.2 innings allowing one hit, no runs, struck out one and kept his only inherited runner from scoring. The second-year DSL pitcher has had quite a turnaround since slumping in the beginning of the season.
Grabiel Hernandez was moved from the leadoff spot and ended the week on a four-game hitless streak. The 17-year old right-handed hitter went 2-for-16 (.125) with one double, one triple, one RBI, two runs, four walks, and five strikeouts. He played five games at shortstop, helping turn one double play and committing three errors. The rookie DSL participant did extend his on base streak to 20-games, but it was broken up in the second game of the doubleheader on the 16th.
Luis Pimentel is cruising along on a four-game hitless streak. The 20-year old right-handed hitter went 0-for-14 with one RBI, two walks, two stolen bases, one sac fly, two strikeouts, one caught stealing, and grounded into two double plays. He played two games at first base, two at third, and one as designated hitter. The second-year DSL has seen his batting average fall to .268 and has lost some playing time as of late.
Jose Pena is really struggling to put any type of positive streak together this season, but did slug his first home run of the season. The 17-year old right-handed hitter went 1-for-13 with one home run, two RBIs, one run, two walks, and seven strikeouts. He played two games in left field and two as designated hitter. The rookie DSL player has only three hits in his last 31 at-bats (ten games) and his batting average sits at .129 on the season.
Jefferson Segundo really struggled with his control in his latest two relief appearances this period. The 19-year old right-hander made his first relief outing on July 14 giving up one hit, one earned run, hit one batter, and threw one wild pitch and blew the save over two-thirds of an inning. In his second game he didn't even make it out of the inning as he allowed one hit, two earned runs, two walks, and uncorked two wild pitches. The rookie DSL pitcher has walked 15 and struck out eight over nine innings this season.
Juan Castillo joined the team after being reinstated from the suspended list. The 19-year old right-handed hitter went 2-for-10 (.200) with one run, two walks, and one stolen base. He played two games at first base, assisting in one double play, and one behind the plate allowing one stolen base.
Jesus Montero was reassigned to the VSL Cardinals. The 18-year old right-handed hitter went 29-for-101 (.287) with six doubles, one triple, 20 RBIs, 37 total bases, 13 runs, 15 walks, two stolen bases, and 18 strikeouts in 31 games.
Rosalin Rudecindo returned after missing 17 consecutive games. The 18-year old right-hander made the start on July 18 pitching three innings and allowing five hits, two earned runs, two walks, and striking out one.
Ramon Urena also made his return after missing over a month of action. The 19-year old right-hander pitched on July 17 giving up two hits, no runs, hit one batter, and striking out six over four innings for his second winning decision of the season.
2009 All-Star Game
Grabiel Hernandez had a ground ball single to centerfield in his only plate appearance.
Charllan Jimenez entered the game in the fifth and pitched to three batters, striking out one and getting the other two to ground out.
Angel Tapia entered the game in the sixth and pitched to four batters, striking out one and getting two fly outs.
Dominican Summer League Stats
The Cardinals batting average dropped over another week from .248 to .244 on the season. The team is first in doubles, tied for second in stolen bases, tied for third in triples, seventh in SLG, eighth in both total bases, and OPS, and tied for tenth in runs scored.
The Cardinals pitching again made another big improvement dropping their ERA from 3.87 to 3.54 and their WHIP made the same positive movement from 1.46 to 1.42 on the season. The team is tied for fifth in shut outs, sixth in strikeouts, tied for sixth in saves, and eighth in wins.
Grabiel Hernandez is eighth in runs scored.
Oscar Taveras is tied for eighth in doubles.
Eduard Estalis is tied for seventh in saves and tied for ninth in game finishes.
Next Up (Overall, vs. Cardinals)
July 20: Mariners (28-14, 7-7)
July 21: @ Athletics (3-11)
July 22: Phillies (16-26, 5-9)
July 23: @ Mariners (28-14, 7-7)
July 24: Athletics (13-29, 3-11)
July 25: @ Phillies (16-26, 5-9)
July 26: Mariners (28-14, 7-7)
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