DSL Cardinals Report: August 17, 2009

The 2009 Dominican Summer League Cardinals head into their final week just two games out of first place.

The Dominican Summer League Cardinals had a very, very short week as the team played only three games of six games on the schedule, but did win two of them.  The Redbirds improve to 41-23 on the season but fall to two games back of the Mariners and six games from being eliminated from claiming the Santo Domingo Division.  The team is 22-9 at home and 19-14 on the road.


To open this period the Cardinals hosted the Mariners.  The Redbirds were the first to plate a run but the Mariners tore through the Cardinals pitching staff over the next three innings, scoring seven runs between the second and fourth innings.  The Cardinals pitching was a little on the wild side and walked nine batter in the game and gave up another four runs in the seventh and eighth frames.  In the bottom of the ninth the Redbirds went to town and made a huge run scoring five but still game up short, losing to the M's 11-7.


The following game between the Cardinals and Athletics was postponed due to rain.


The Cardinals hosted the Phillies in the next game.  The Redbirds again plated a run for the lead in the first and received quality pitching from their two pitchers used in the game.  The Phillies managed just one run coming in the third and the Cardinals plated another two, capitalizing on the five errors committed by the Phils.  The Cardinals held them off for a 3-1 win.


The next two Cardinals games were again postponed due to rain, the first being a visit to the Mariners and the next being a home game vs. the Athletics.


The last game of this period saw the Cardinals visit the Phillies.  The Redbirds pitching staff was excellent holding the Phils to just three hits.  The Cardinals brought the bats and pounded out 12 hits, plated eight runs, and used the two Philly errors to their benefit.  The Cardinals won 8-0.


Who's Hot


Juan Castillo will carry a five-game hitting streak into the next week.  The 19-year old right-handed hitter went 5-for-10 (.500) with one double, one home run, three RBIs, four runs, three walks, and one strikeout.  He played one game at first base and two behind the plate, allowing one stolen base.  The third-year Cardinal player is hitting .321 with eight doubles, two home runs, and 19 RBIs in 24 games this season.


Wader Perez is working on an eight-game on base streak and has scored a run in seven straight games.  The 19-year old switch-hitter went 4--for-13 (.308) with two doubles, two RBIs, three runs, one walk, one stolen base, and one strikeout.  He played two games at third base and one at second where he helped turn one double play.  The second-year DSL participant is hitting .274 with seven doubles, two triples, 16 RBIs, and 28 runs in 42 games this season.


Luis Mata made his return to the mound after being out of action since July 31.  The 18-year old right-hander made his first career start on August 12 pitching four innings and allowing one hit, one earned run, three walks, and striking out three.  The rookie DSL pitcher has made four appearances this season striking out nine and walking 12 over eight innings.


Bryan Martinez picked up his team-leading sixth win this past week.  The 18-year old right-hander followed Mata in the August 12th game and pitched the final five frames.  He allowed two hits, no runs, one walk, hit one batter, struck out five, and picked one runner off.  The rookie DSL pitcher is riding on a 2.91 ERA and has struck out 30 and walked 15 over 34 innings this season.


Willy Paulino is making a major case to stick in the rotation for the Cardinals.  The 19-year old right-hander made his start on August 15 pitching six innings and giving up two hits, no runs, two walks, hit one batter, threw one wild pitch, and striking out seven for his third win of the season.  In his last five appearances, Paulino has a 1.80 ERA and has struck out 26 over 25 innings.


Who's Not


Grabiel Hernandez has gone on a strike out binge as of late.  The 17-year old switch-hitter went 2-for-11 (.182) with one double, one run, two walks, one sacrifice, six strikeouts, and one caught stealing.  He played all three games at shortstop and committed one fielding error.  The Rookie DSL player has nine hits and eight strikeouts in his last 36 at-bats.


Jorge Lopez managed only one hit this past week.  The 18-year old  right-handed hitter went 1-fro-6 (.167) with one RBI, one run, one walk, one hit by pitch, and one strikeout.  He played both games at second base without error.  The second-year DSL player has seen a major slump in August compared to July seeing his average drop off 76 points.


Pedro Pena was looking to return to full-time duty but things changed for him in a heartbeat.  The 18-year old left-hander made the start on August 10 and was pulled after only an inning and a third.  He was struggling with his control as he gave up one hit, one earned run, four walks, one wild pitch, and committed one fielding error.  The second-year DSL pitcher has walked six and struck out one in his last three appearances (2.1 innings).


Alejandro Pinard had one of the worst pitching performances of the staff all week.  The 20-year old right-hander came in on August 10 and pitched 2.2 innings giving up four hits, five earned runs, hit one batter, and struck out one.  The second-year DSL pitcher is also looking to get back into the swing of things as he missed a couple weeks between the end of July and beginning of August.


Rosalin Rudecindo followed along with Pena and Pinard in the same game.  The 18-year old right-hander pitched three innings and allowed two hits, three earned runs, three walks, and struck out four.  The rookie DSL pitcher missed the same amount of time as Pinard and has walked four and struck out four in his last two appearances in his return.


The Happenings


Victor Ferreira has not played since July 14 and Michael Avila since August 1.


Juan Mercedes has not pitched since July 17, Michael Santana and Angel Tapia since August 4, Charllan Jimenez since August 6, Eduard Estalis, Adriano Uribe, and Delvi Rodriguez since August 8. (mostly due to postponed games)


Luis Pimentel made his return to action after being out since August 4.  He played on August 15 and went 1-for-2 in the game.


Luis Perez played in all three games this past week going 1-for-6 (.167) with one double, two runs, and two walks.  He had been out since July 21.


Dominican Summer League Stats


The Cardinals hitting improved from .250 to .251.   The team ranks third in triples and stolen bases, fifth in doubles, sixth in SLG, seventh in OPS, ninth in runs scored and total bases (tied), and tenth in RBIs.


The Cardinals pitching stayed right where it was last weekend at 3.56, but their WHIP improved from 1.41 to 1.40.  The team ranks second in shut outs (tied), third in saves (tied), sixth in home runs allowed (tied), seventh in wins (tied), and ninth in strikeouts in the entire league.


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

Oscar Taveras is tied for tenth in triples.

Eduard Estalis is tied for ninth in saves.


Next Up (Overall, vs. Cardinals)*

August 17: Mariners (44-22, 11-11)

August 18: @ Athletics (18-46, 4-15)

August 19: Phillies (27-39, 8-15)

August 20: @ Mariners (44-22, 11-11)

August 21: Athletics (18-46, 4-15)

August 22: Day Off

August 23: Playoffs Begin


* Schedule subject to change due to postponed games



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