DSL Cardinals Report: August 10, 2009

Josh Jones' weekly report on the 2009 Dominican Summer League Cardinals, currently just one game out of first place.

The Dominican Summer League Cardinals were extremely hot this period taking five of six games and have a two-game winning streak to build on in the next week.  The Redbirds are 39-22 and only one game out of first place.  They are 21-8 at home and 18-14 on the road.


The Cardinals opened this period up hosting the Mariners.  The Redbirds jumped out in front early with two runs in the second and received some great pitching from their reliever-turned-starter in the first six innings.  The Cardinals tapped their bullpen to finish off the game and held the M's scoreless in the final three innings.  The Redbirds added on another four runs in the final two innings and beat the Mariners 7-1.


The Cardinals went on the road to visit the Athletics in the next game.  Again the Redbirds used only two pitchers and they dominated the A's, holding them to three hits and no runs.  The Cardinals' bats drove in four runs in the first to give the pitching staff some breathing room and rest.  The Cardinals added on another run in the seventh and shut out the Athletics 5-0.


The Phillies were scheduled to visit the Cardinals in the following game but it was postponed and rescheduled for later in the week.


The Mariners hosted the Cardinals looking for revenge for an earlier loss in the week.  Another great start followed by the bullpen and some extra help from the Cardinals bats kept the M's in check.  The Redbirds plated three runs in the first two innings and the M's didn't touch the pitching staff until the fourth.  The Cardinals added on another three runs in the final four frames and doubled up the Mariners 6-3, gaining major ground on the first-place team.


The Cardinals were welcomed in by the Athletics in the next contest.  The Redbirds and A's both scored in the first and stayed at a 1-1 tie score until the fifth when the Cardinals plated the leading run.  The Cardinals had the game until the A's tacked on two runs in the eighth and ninth to send the game into extras.  The Athletics held off the Redbirds and scored on in the bottom of the tenth to take the game 4-3.


For the final match-up of the week the Cardinals and Phillies traded off venues for the doubleheader.  The Phils hosted the Redbirds in the first game and were the first to score in the second.  The Cardinals took the lead in the third with two runs and plated another in the fifth. The Redbirds second pitcher in the game struck out six and another run to put the Phillies within reach of tying.  The Phillies however were shut down by the Redbirds closer and the Cardinals squeaked by with a 3-2 victory.


The Cardinals hosted the Phillies in the second game and pounded on their first two pitchers in the first inning for eight runs, four hits and four walks.  The Redbirds committed a couple of errors and allowed the Phils to get within four in the third and then both teams exchanged runs in the fifth.  The Cardinals final pitcher of the day shut down the Phillies and the Redbirds went on to win 9-5.


Who's Hot


Juan Castillo extended his on base streak to 13 games this past week.  The 19-year old right-handed hitter went 5-for-21 (.238) with two doubles, four RBIs, four runs, two walks, two hit by pitches, five strikeouts, and grounded into one double play.  He split his six games played between catcher and first base, where he was on the back end of two double plays, allowed two passed balls, and threw out one of two base runners.  The Cardinals' July 7, 2006 international signing is batting .375 (12-for-32) with three doubles , eight RBIs, five walks, and seven runs in his last ten games.


Wader Perez will carry a five-game hitting streak on into the next period.  The 19-year old switch-hitter went 8-for-22 (.364) with two doubles, two RBIs, seven runs, two walks, one hit by pitch, two stolen bases, two strikeouts, and three caught stealing.  He played four games at third base and two at second, helping turn three double plays.  The Cardinals' December 15, 2007 international signing is hitting .308 (8-for-26) with eight runs to begin the month of August.


Oscar Taveras drove in the second most runs for the Cardinals this past week and will look to build onto a six-game on base streak in the next.  The 17-year old left-handed hitter went 6-for-22 (.273) with two triples, five RBIs, five runs, three walks, one stolen base, one sac fly, one strikeout, and one caught stealing.  He played all six of his games in left field and committed two fielding errors.  The Cardinals' November 15, 2008 international signing now leads the team in RBIs, tied for third in runs scored, tied for third in hits, second in doubles, second in triples, and tied for third in total bases.


Victor Encanacion this week didn't hit for average but hit to drive in the runs and lead the team in RBIs for this period.  The 19-year old right-handed hitter went 2-for-17 (.118) with one triple, six RBIs, three runs, three walks, one stolen base, two sac flies, seven strikeouts, and one caught stealing.  He played four games in right field and two in center, where he had one outfield assist that turned into a double play.  The Cardinals' November 8, 2008 international signing has driven in six of his 13 total RBIs in the month of August, even though he's only batting .167 (3-for-18).


Keury Herrera doing a tour of duty in both the rotation and bullpen picked up a save and struck out a total of seven.  The 18-year old left-hander was called on from the bullpen in his first appearance on August 3.  He threw three scoreless innings allowing two hits, one wild pitch, and striking out five for his third save of the season.  Herrera made a spot start for the Cardinals on August 8, going three innings and giving up four hits, one earned run (home run), one walk, two strikeouts, and picked off one runner.  The Cardinals' February 3, 2008 international signing has really improved over his last ten games striking out 43, and walking 23 over 42.2 innings while bringing his ERA down to 3.54 on the season.


Michael Santana has not allowed an earned run in his last three appearances (spanning eight innings).  The 19-year old right-hander made his only start on August 4, pitching six scoreless innings and giving up only one hit, one walk, and striking out four for his second winning decision of the season.  The rookie-DSL pitcher is riding on a 2-2 record, 2.70 ERA, and three saves and has struck out 37 and walked 15 over 46.2 innings this year.


Stalyn Lopez had a somewhat down start but has not allowed an earned run in five of his last seven appearances.  The 17-year old left-hander pitched four innings giving up six hits, one unearned run, one walk, one wild pitch, and picked two runners off.  The rookie-DSL pitcher has a 4-1 record and 3.40 ERA and has struck out 25 and walked 16 over 39.2 innings this season.


Bryan Martinez has only given up an earned run or more in two of his last eight appearances.  The 18-year old right-hander was called on to pitch on August 6.  He fired three and a third scoreless innings allowing four hits and striking out three for his first save of the season.  The rookie-DSL pitcher has picked up four winning decisions and one save in his last six games.


Adriano Uribe is showing he may be back to full health since returning the last week of July.  The 20-year old left-hander pitched 3.2 innings of relief allowing four hits, one earned run, one walk, and striking out a season-high six for his second win of the season on August 8.  Since returning from the injured list, the Cardinals' December 15, 2007 international signing has made two appearances for a 2-0 record, pitching 4.2 innings and giving up six hits, one earned run, two walks, and striking out six.


Delvi Rodriguez has also been on fire since returning to the regular bullpen rotation.  The 19-year old left-hander picked up his first win of the season on August 8, pitching three innings and giving up one hit, no runs, one walk, two hit by pitches, and striking out one.  He also kept both inherited runners on base.  Since returning in mid-July, the Cardinals' November 25, 2008 international signing has made three relief appearances, pitching five innings and allowing one hit, no runs, one walk, and striking out one.


The Happenings


Christian Concepcion and 19-year old right-handed pitcher Junior Astacio have yet to make any appearance this season for the Cardinals at any level in the organization.


Victor Ferreira has not played since July 14, Luis Perez since July 21, and Michael Avila since August 1.


Juan Mercedes has not pitched since July 17 and Luis Mata since July 31.


Luis Pimentel has only played twice since August 1 and hasn't been in a game since being hit by a pitch on August 4.

Santo Sandoval has only played in two games (August 8 doubleheader) since August 1.


Pedro Pena made his return on August 6 after being out of action for 13 days.  The 18-year old left-hander entered in the sixth and didn't get out of the inning with an out as he walked his only batter he faced. 


Alejandro Pinard made his return on August 7 after being out of action for 20 days.  The 18-year old right-hander pitched one inning, allowing one hit, no runs, two walks, and picked up his third loss of the season.


Rosalin Rudecindo made his return on August 8 after being out of action for 20 days.  The 18-year old right-hander entered in the fifth giving up one hit, one earned run (home run), and walked two before being pulled from the game.


Dominican Summer League Stats


The Cardinals hitting improved again this week from .249 to .250 on the season.  The team is ranked second in triples and stolen bases, sixth in doubles, and eight in runs scored, total bases, SLG (tied), and OPS.


The Cardinals made a major improvement from 3.74 to 3.56 and their WHIP went from 1.43 to 1.41.  The teams ranks third in saves (tied), fourth in shutouts (tied), and sixth in wins (tied), home runs allowed (tied), and strikeouts.


Grabiel Hernandez is in fourth in runs scored and tied for second in triples.

Oscar Taveras is tied for seventh in triples.

Jose Pena is tied for eighth in strikeouts.

Eduard Estalis is tied for eighth in saves and tied for tenth in game finishes.


Next Up (Overall, vs. Cardinals)


August 10: Mariners (40-21, 10-11)

August 11: @ Athletics (17-44, 4-15)

August 12: Phillies (26-35, 8-13)

August 13: @ Mariners (40-21, 10-11)

August 14: Athletics (17-44, 4-15)

August 15: @ Phillies (26-35, 8-13)

August 16: Off Day



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