DSL Cardinals Notebook: 2010 Week 6

The first-place Dominican Summer League Cardinals are 22-14 with a two-game lead.

The Dominican Summer League Cardinals lost their first game for this period then won the final four games (two by shutouts), with one being postponed.  The Redbirds are 22-14 and two games up in the Santo Dominigo North Division of the league.  The team is 17-2 at home and 5-12 on the road.


The Cardinals opened this period against the second-place Mariners.  Both teams held each other scoreless until the fourth when the M's plated one and then another in the fifth.  The Mariners pitching staff continued to keep the Cardinals bats out of the game shutting them out over the nine frames.  The M's added two more runs in the eighth on errors for the 4-0 win.  Bryan Martinez struck out 12 over five innings.


The Cardinals then hosted the Brewers in the next game.  The Redbirds took the early lead with two runs in the first and the Brew Crew tied it up by the fourth (on errors), only to have it slapped away as the Cardinals plated six runs in the bottom half of the inning.  The Brewers made a small comeback of four scored in the sixth, but the Redbirds bullpen shut them down for the final three frames.  The Cardinals added another run in the eighth and won 9-6.  Andres Beras, Jose Pena, and Domingo Diaz each drove in two runs.  


The Cardinals then went on the road and shut down the struggling Athletics.  The Redbirds scored one in the second and two more in the fifth, while Victor DeLeon and Arturo Toribio combined for nine scoreless innings.  The Cardinals came out on top 3-0.


The Cardinals hosted the Mariners for their second go around this period.  Each team's pitchers held the other scoreless until the Cardinals scored in the sixth.  The Redbirds added another two runs in the following two frames as the M's could only get one across in the eighth.  The Cardinals took advantage of errors and won 4-1.  Eduard Estalis struck out eight over five scoreless innings.


The next contest between the Cardinals and Brewers was called after three innings.  Carlos Matias started and pitched three scoreless innings as the Redbirds padded a lead of 10-0 before the rain.


The Cardinals rounded out the period with a home game vs. the Athletics.  The Redbirds pitching came through once again shutting down the competition and holding them at bay.  The Cardinals only tapped out one hit but capitalized on a few walks and errors to score.  They won 2-0 as Bryan Martinez struck out eight over seven innings.



Who's Hot


Robelys Reyes will look to extend his four-game hitting streak in the next week.  The 19-year old switch-hitter went 6-for-18 (.333) with one double, three RBIs, three runs, one walk, one stolen base, three strikeouts, and one caught stealing.  He played three games at second base (assisted in two double plays), one at shortstop (one fielding and one throwing error, assisted in one double play), and one at third base.  Reyes leads the team in runs scored, hits, home runs (tied), total bases, and batting average.


Luis Perez will look to add onto his three-game hitting streak in the next period.  The 18-year old right-handed hitter went 4-for-13 (.308) with two RBIs, four runs, and one walk.  He played three games at catcher (one passed ball and threw one runner out), one at catcher and first base (assisted in two double plays), and one as pinch hitter.  Perez leads the team in RBIs.


Andres Beras has a 12-game on base streak to work with in the next week.  The 18-year old right-handed hitter went 3-for-13 (.231) with one double, two RBIs, four walks, and two stolen bases.  He played one game at first base (assisted in one double play), one game as designated hitter, one in left field, and one between both center and right field.  Beras leads the team in triples.


Domingo Diaz will look to add onto his own four-game hitting streak to build on from this past week.  The 18-year old right-handed hitter went 3-for-7 (.429) with one double, two RBIs, three runs, three walks, and three strikeouts.  He played one game in right and one in left field, then one between the both.


Bryan Martinez bounced back after struggling in his start in the last period to become a strike out king this past week.  The 19-year old right-hander gave up three hits, two runs (one earned), one walk, hit one batter, threw one wild pitch, and struck out a season-high 12 over five innings for the losing decision on July 5th.  Then on July 10th he tossed seven scoreless innings giving up only one hit, two walks, hitting one batter, and striking out eight for the winning decision (2-1).  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 12-to-3 between both starts.  Martinez leads the team in innings pitched and strikeouts.


Delvi Rodriguez continued to his success into this past week after being added to the tandem rotation.  The 18-year old left-hander was called on for relief in the July 8th game and pitched four innings allowing three hits, one earned run, four walks, four strikeouts, and picked one runner off got the winning decision (2-1).  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 4-to-2.  Rodriguez has only give up one earned run in four of his eight appearances.


Arturo Toribio returned to form after being hammered the week before.  The 18-year old right-hander was called on for relief on July 7th and tossed three scoreless innings giving up two hits, threw one wild pitch, and struck out two for his second save of the season.  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 1-to-6.  Toribio has given up one or more earned runs in three of his eight appearances this season.


Victor DeLeon extended his scoreless outings streak to two games.  The 18-year old right-hander tossed six scoreless innings on July 7th and allowed two hits, one walk, one balk, and struck three out for the winning decision (2-1).  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 7-to-6.  DeLeon has only given up one or more runs in three of his seven appearances this season.


Eduard Estalis made his first career start and was quite impressive.  The 21-year old right-hander tossed five scoreless innings on July 8th allowing two hits, two walks, and striking out a season-high eight.  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 3-to-3.  Estalis has not been scored on in his last three games spanning 10.2 innings.


Eduardo Hiraldo extended his scoreless outing streak to two games.  The 20-year old right-hander tossed 3.1 scoreless relief innings on July 6th giving up one hit, one walk, hitting one bat, and striking out six (tied season-high).  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 0-to-4 and kept his only inherited runner on base.  Hiraldo has shown a lot a progress after being thumped in his first two appearances of the season.


Juan Bautista had earned a win and now a save in only three career appearances.  The 17-year old right-hander was called on for the July 10th game and pitched two innings allowing two hits, no runs, and striking out two.  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 2-to-2.  This marked his first career scoreless outing.



The Happenings


Jean De La Cruz has been out of action since June 15th; Ariel Gonzalez since June 16th; Ronard Castillo, Addelin Ceballo, and Anthony De La Cruz since June 28th; Hansel De Los Santos since June 29th; and Luis Mata since July 3rd.


Angel Tapia returned to action on July 5th after being out since June 17th.  He pitched one inning of relief giving up no hits or runs, two walks, and striking out three.


Luis Polanco returned to action on July 5th after being out since June 18th.  He pitched one inning giving up no hits or runs, two walks, and striking out one.


Wagner Mateo (Former MiLB Signing-DSL Diamondbacks) has played 36 games going 30-for-128 (.234) with nine doubles, three triples, two home runs, 23 RBIs, 51 total bases, 23 runs, 22 walks, ten stolen bases, 40 strikeouts, four caught stealing, .351 OBP, .398 SLG, and .749 OPS.


Eddy Rivera (Former DSL Cardinals-Padres) has been out of action since June 19th.


Edgard Montiel (Former DSL) has played in three games going 1-for-8 (.125) with two RBIs, three walks, and three strikeouts.  Managua swept the semifinals series in three games over Rivas and has moved on to the Championship round on the Nicaraguan Summer League.  They lost the first game to Costa 3-2.



International Signings


Orioles - Hector Veloz, third baseman

Astros - Ariel Ovando, outfielder

Pirates - Yunior Montero, right-handed pitcher

Pirates - Cristian Henriquez, left-handed pitcher

Pirates - Miguel De Aza, outfielder

Pirates - Rodney Polonia, shortstop

Pirates - Yunior Valdez, outfielder

Pirates - Melvin Rosario, left-handed pitcher

Tigers - Fernando Chalas, right-handed pitcher



Dominican Summer League Stats


The Cardinals are batting .215(26th) with a .356 OBP (6th), .277 SLG (30th), and .633 OPS (23rd).  The team ranks third in walks, eighth in stolen bases, 13th in runs scored, and all other stats are middle of the pack to bottom half of the division.


The Cardinals pitching has a 2.72 ERA (tied for fifth) and 1.22 WHIP (8th).  The team ranks first in strikeouts, fifth in wins, eighth in shut outs and hit batters, 12th in walks and best in the league in hits allowed and seventh best in runs allowed and earned runs (tied).  All other stats rank middle of the pack in the league.


Robelys Reyes is tied for fourth in runs scored.

Luis Perez is tied for ninth in runs scored.

Rafael Medina is tied for tenth in walks.

Carlos Matias is seventh in ERA, tied for fifth in complete games, and second in WHIP.

Bryan Martinez is second in strikeouts.



Up Next (2010 Record, vs. Cardinals)


July 12: @ Mariners (20-17, 6-6)

July 13: Brewers (17-19, 5-6)

July 14: @ Athletics (14-23, 3-10)

July 15: Mariners

July 16: @ Brewers (continuation of July 9th contest and regularly scheduled game)

July 17: Off Day

July 18: All-Star Game



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