The Dominican Summer League Cardinals split their six-game schedule for the week, alternating wins and losses. The Redbirds are 30-18 and fell to three games out of first place in the standings. They are 16-7 at home and 14-11 on the road.
The Cardinals opened this period up hosting the Mariners in a rain-shortened game. The M's came out swinging tagging the Redbirds starter with four runs in the second and then dug into the bullpen for another three runs in the final three frames. The Cardinals were pretty much silent at the plate getting one extra base hit and one walk in the game. The Mariners took the game 7-3 after eight innings.
The Cardinals went on the road to take on the Athletics. The Redbirds used two pitchers that shut down the A's, holding them to four hits and no runs. The Cardinals hitting scored one in the second and added insurance runs in the ninth. The Cardinals won 3-0.
The Phillies were scheduled to visit the Cardinals in the next game but it was postponed until the weekend.
The Mariners hosted the Cardinals for their second meeting and it ended with the same results. The Redbirds starter left the game after only one inning and the M's laid it on the next pitcher with seven runs in the second and third. The Cardinals slowly came within reach but the M's scored another two in the eight as the exclamation point for the game. The Mariners took the second meeting of the week with a 9-7 victory.
The Cardinals hosted the Athletics for the second meeting between the two. The Redbirds bats came ready scoring multiple runs in five of eight frames and four pitchers shut down the A's. The pitching staff held the A's to five hits and one run and the Cardinals took the contest 10-1.
The Cardinals went on the road to take on the Phillies and it ended up being a one run game. The Phils starting pitcher held the Redbirds to only three hits and one walk for the seven-inning complete game. The Cardinals staff was cruising right along too, until the game-finishing reliever gave up a run in the sixth. The Phillies beat the Cardinals 1-0 in game one of the doubleheader.
The Cardinals got their revenge in the following game on the Phillies. Both teams cranked out the same amount of hits but it was the Cardinals who pushed them across the home plate. The Redbirds starter held the Phillies to one run and the bullpen pitched a scoreless inning for the 4-1 win.
Jorge Lopez ended this period on a four-game hitting streak. The 18-year old right-handed hitter went 5-for-17 (.294) with one triple, three runs, one stolen base, five strikeouts, and was picked off once. He played three games at second base, where he turned two double plays, and two as designated hitter. The Cardinals July 3, 2007 signing is getting pretty close to passing Grabiel Hernandez as the team's batting average leader.
Roberto Reyes currently has an 11-game on base streak and seven-game hitting streak. The 20-year old left-handed hitter went 6-for-14 (.429) with one double, two RBIs, four runs, six walks, one hit by pitch, one stolen base, four strikeouts, and grounded into one double play. He played five games in centerfield and split one between center and first, where he was on the back end of one double play and one triple play. The Cardinals December 15, 2007 signing now leads the team in walks.
Victor Encanacion had his 15-game on base streak snapped in the second-to-last game of this period. The 19-year old right-handed hitter went 5-for-14 (.357) with two doubles, two RBIs, three runs, four walks, two stolen bases, four strikeouts, and one caught stealing/pickoff. He played five games in right field and one in center for the Cardinals.
Juan Castillo was the extra base hit man and drove in the most runs for the team during the week. The 19-year old right-handed hitter went 5-for-20 (.250) with three doubles, seven RBIs, two strikeouts, and grounded into one double play. He played three games at first base, assisting in two double plays and committing two fielding errors, and two behind the plate, where he nailed three of six base runners. The Cardinals July 10, 2006 signing collected three doubles and drove in five runs on July 24.
Stalyn Lopez was most impressive this past week in the two starts he made. The 17-year old left-hander made his first start on July 21 pitching five scoreless innings, walking one, striking out six, and picking two runners off for his third winning decision of the year. Then he gave up two hits, no runs, one walk, struck out four, and picked one runner off over five innings on July 25. Lopez has not given up an earned run in his last three appearances, spanning 13 innings.
Ramon Urena came close to following Lopez, in terms of no runs. The 19-year old right-hander picked up his first save of the season on July 21, pitching three scoreless innings giving up one hit and striking out two. He received the start in the second game of the doubleheader on July 25. Urena pitched six innings, allowing six hits, one earned run, three walks, and struck out four for his third winning decision of the season. Since returning form a month long layoff, The Cardinals July 2, 2007 signing has given up nine hits, one earned run, three walks, and struck out 12 over his last 13 innings.
Grabiel Hernandez ended both his 20-game on base streak and six-game hitless streak. The 17-year old switch-hitter went 2-for-15 (.133) with three runs, four walks, one hit by pitch, one sac fly, three strikeouts, and grounded into two double plays. He played five games at shortstop, turning two double plays and committing one throwing error, and one as a pinch hitter. The Cardinals July 2, 2008 signing has only two hits in his last 27 at-bats.
Luis Pimentel also ended his six-game hitless streak. The 21-year old right-handed hitter went 4-for-21 (.190) with one home run, two RBIs, two runs, one walk, one hit by pitch, two strikeouts, and one caught stealing. He was tapped as the team's designated hitter in two games, played third base in one, and two at first base (where he assisted in one double play and committed one fielding error). The Cardinals December 15, 2007 signing has only four hits in his last 32 at-bats.
Santo Sandoval could only muster one hit this last period after hitting so well the previous couple weeks. The 20-year old right-handed hitter went 1-for-10 (.100) with two RBIs, one run, one hit by pitch, two stolen bases, one sac fly, and seven strikeouts. He played three games in left field, one in right, and one as designated hitter. The Cardinals March 28, 2008 signing has struck out 11 times in his last 24 at-bats and is hitting .173 on the season.
Willy Paulino got a little wild in his two appearances for this period. The 19-year old right-hander pitched in relief on July 20, giving up two hits, two earned runs, two walks, one wild pitch, and striking out one over 1.2 innings. He was called on for the spot start on July 24. Paulino only lasted three innings allowing one hit, one earned run, three walks, one hit by pitch, four wild pitches, and one balk. The Cardinals 2009 signing has given up five hits, four earned runs, five walks, and struck out five over his last 6.2 innings.
Jose Pasen was promoted to the Gulf Coast Cardinals on July 23. The 19-year old right hander made nine appearances (six starts) posting a 1-3 record and 1.73 for the DSL Cardinals. He allowed 25 hits, 19 runs (seven earned), one home run, 21 walks, and struck out 40 over 36.1 innings.
Dominican Summer League Stats
The Cardinals hitting improved just a tad from .244 to .245 on the season. The team ranks first in doubles, third in triples and stolen bases, sixth in total bases, seventh in SLG, and ninth in runs scored and OPS.
The Cardinals pitching took a small hit as the ERA rose from 3.54 to 3.57 and their WHIP did the same rising from 1.42 to 1.43. The team ranks tied for fourth in shut outs, sixth in saves and strikeouts, tied for seventh in home runs allowed, and tied for eight in wins.
Grabiel Hernandez is tied for fourth in runs and tied for first in triples.
Eduard Estalis is tied for eighth in saves and tied for ninth in game finishes.
Next Up (Overall, vs. Cardinals)
July 27: Mariners (33-15, 9-8)
July 28: @ Athletics (14-33, 3-12)
July 29: Phillies (18-29, 6-10)
July 30: @ Mariners (33-15, 9-8)
July 31: Athletics (14-33, 3-12)
August 1: @ Phillies (18-29, 6-10)
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