The Dominican Summer League Cardinals could manage just one win out of their five-game schedule this past week and fell out of first place in the Santo Dominigo North Division. The Redbirds are 23-18, one game behind the Mariners. The team is 18-3 at home and 5-15 on the road.
The Cardinals opened this period on the road against the Mariners. The M's got things going first scoring a combined five runs in the second and third innings. The Redbirds struggled at the plate and were shut down the first seven innings. The Mariners added another three runs in the seventh and the Cardinals pushed two across in the top of the eighth for the 8-2 loss. Luis Perez drove in one run and Luis Mata pitched two scoreless innings of relief.
The Cardinals hosted the Brewers in the next contest. The Brew Crew was the first to hit the scoreboard with one in the first and another in the fourth for the 2-0 lead. The Brewers pitching held the Redbirds scoreless for the first six frames as their own offense went silent in the final five innings. The Cardinals plated a combined four runs in the seventh and eighth innings for the 4-2 victory. Victor DeLeon struck out six over five innings and Juan Bautista didn't allow a run in his four innings of relief.
The Cardinals where welcomed in by the Athletics for the following game. The Redbirds scored first with two runs in the third as the pitching held the A's scoreless for five innings. The Cardinals bullpen then gave up two runs for the tie in the sixth and gave away the game in the ninth for a 3-2 heartbreaking loss. Ronard Castillo drove in one run and Delvi Rodriguez struck out five over five scoreless innings.
The Mariners came to town for their second match-up of the week with the Cardinals. This time around the Redbirds took the lead 3-0 heading into the fifth. The M's tied it up to only have the Cardinals answer back in the fifth. Both bullpens came into play pitching three scoreless frames, but the M's finally got to the Cardinals in the ninth and won 7-6. Jorge Lopez hit a three-run shot and Eduardo Hiraldo struck out four over three scoreless innings.
The Cardinals' contest with the Brewers was postponed and they then entered the All-Star break.
The National League held a 3-1 lead until the American League came through with three runs in the bottom of the ninth for the win. Carlos Matias pitched to one batter, striking him out and holding the inherited runner on. Luis Perez went 0-for-1 at the plate. Former Cardinals minor league signee Wagner Mateo was 0-for-2 with one strikeout. Boxscore
The Cardinals began the second-half of the 2010 season at the Mariners, for what was the third contest between the two this period. The M's pitching shut down the Redbirds' offense, only allowing seven hits in the game. The Mariners scored one in the fourth and four more in the fifth for the 5-0 win. They have taken the last three games from the Redbirds and forced their way into first place in the division.
With a little over a month to go in the season, the Santo Domingo North Division is heating up. The two teams at the top are the Mariners and Cardinals, just like last year. During the 2009 campaign both teams had to play a make-up game at the end of the year to decide the division winner and playoff entrant.
Robelys Reyes will look to extend his nine-game hitting streak in the next week. The 20-year old switch-hitter went 8-for-18 (.444) with one double, two runs, three stolen bases, one strikeout, and grounded into two double plays. He played three games at second base and two at shortstop. The 2010 free agent signee leads the team in runs scored, hits, home runs (tied), total bases, stolen bases (tied), SLG (tied), and batting average.
Luis Perez will also look to extend his hitting streak of seven games. The 18-year old right-handed hitter went 7-for-18 (.389) with two RBIs, one run, one stolen base, two strikeouts, and one caught stealing. He played four games allowing four stolen bases, committed one throwing and one pickoff error, threw one runner out, picked one runner off, and assisted in one double play. The August 20, 2008 free agent signee leads the team in home runs (tied), RBIs, OBP, SLG (tied), and OPS.
Ronard Castillo has a five-game hitting streak to work with after missing two weeks of action. The 18-year old right-handed hitter went 5-for-21 (.238) with one double, two RBIs, one walk, and six strikeouts. He played three games in left field, one between both right and left field, and one as designated hitter.
Delvi Rodriguez has now made three quality appearances in a row and shows that he may be a viable option for the rotation. The 19-year old left-hander started on July 14th tossing five scoreless innings giving up four hits, one walk, threw one wild pitch, and struck five out. He had a ground out-o-fly out ratio of 5-to-4. Since joining the tandem rotation, the November 25, 2008 free agent signee has logged 14.1 innings and has allowed 14 hits, two earned runs, six walks, and striking out 14.
Juan Bautista extended his scoreless streak to two outings, spanning six innings. The 17-year old right-hander was called on for relief on July 13th. He pitched a career-high four innings and allowed two hits, no runs, and struck out a career-high five for the winning decision (2-0). In four games since being signed, Bautista has earned two wins and a save.
Jose Pena still continues to struggle as he's only picked up two hits in his last ten games. The 18-year old right-handed hitter went 1-for-13 (.077) with two runs, three walks, one stolen base, and ten strikeouts. He played two games in right field (one fielding error and one outfield assist), two games in center (one outfield assist and assisted in one double play), and one game in left field. The December 10, 2009 free agent signee has a three-game hitless streak and has struck out 15 times in his last 27 at-bats.
Victor Encarnacion will look to snap his five-game hitless streak in the next week. The 20-year old right-handed hitter went 0-for-7 (.000) with one run, three walks, one stolen base, three strikeouts, and grounded into one double play. He played three game in centerfield. The November 8, 2008 free agent signee has seven walks, six stolen bases, and six strikeouts in his last ten games.
Amauris Capellan will look to snap his own hitless streak, now up to eight games. The 17-year old right-handed hitter went 0-for-7 (.000) with one walk, one stolen base, and one strikeout. He played one game in centerfield and one as designated hitter. The November 28, 2009 free agent signee has walked seven times in his last ten games and struck out 12 times in his last 30 at-bats.
Willy Paulino has been struggling in his last five appearances, including giving up at least one home run in his last three games. The 20-year old right-hander started on July 12th and gave up four hits, five earned runs, one home run, four walks, committed one pickoff error, and struck out five over three innings for the losing decision (3-3). In his second appearance (relief), he pitched four innings allowing three hits, on earned run, one home run, two walks, hit one batter, and struck two out. He had a combined ground out-to-fly out ratio of 10-to-3. The February 5, 2009 free agent signee has struck out 36 and walked 19 over 38.1 innings this season.
Stalyn Lopez was thumped in his two appearances this past week, struggling along with tandem partner Paulino. The 18-year old left-hander was called on for relief on July 12th and pitched two innings giving up four hits, three earned runs, one home run, one walk, and striking two out. He made his start on July 15th coughing up five hits, four earned runs, one home run, three walks, hit one batter, and struck out a season-high seven for the losing decision (2-1). He had a combined ground out-to-fly out ratio of 1-to-6. The April 7, 2009 free agent signee has struck out 27 and walked 26 over 28 innings this season.
Jean De La Cruz has been out of action since June 15th, Ariel Gonzalez since June 16th, Christian Concepcion and Angel Tapia since July 5th, Arturo Toribio since July 7th, and Victor Ferreira since July 10th.
Anthony De La Cruz returned to action on July 12th after being out since June 28th. The 17-year old left-hander pitched one hitless and scoreless inning, striking out one.
Addelin Ceballo returned to action on July 15th after being out since June 28th. The 19-year old right-hander gave up no hits, three earned runs, three walks, and struck one out over two-thirds of an inning.
Hansel De Los Santos returned to action on July 15th after being out since June 29. The 18-year old right-hander pitched just a third of an inning and allowed one hit, one earned run, one home run, one walk, and struck one out.
As Jeff Luhnow had hinted at earlier last week, Bryan Martinez has been promoted to the Gulf Coast League Cardinals.
Carlos Matias and Luis Perez were the only two Cardinals named to the 2010 Dominican Summer League All-Star Game.
Wagner Mateo (Former MiLB Signing-Diamondbacks) has played in 42 games going 38-for-150 (.253) with ten doubles, three triples, two home runs, 26 RBIs, 60 total bases, 27 runs, 25 walks, 12 stolen bases, 48 strikeouts, seven caught stealing, .364 OBP, .400 SLG, and .764 OPS. He was also named to the 2010 DSL All-Star Game.
Eddy Rivera (Former DSL Cardinal-Padres) has not pitched since June 19th.
Edgard Montiel (Former DSL Cardinal) and Boer Managua won the Nicaraguan National Championship taking the series 3-1 over Costa Caribe.
The Mariners signed Dominican outfielder Phillips Castillo and right-handed pitcher Rigoberto Garcia.
Dominican Summer League Stats
The Cardinals are batting .217 (27th) with a .350 OBP (8th), .274 SLG (30th), and .624 OPS (26th). The team ranks third in walks, eighth in stolen bases, tied for 12th in strikeouts, 16th in runs scored, and in the lower half on all other stats.
The Cardinals pitching has a 2.96 ERA (10th) and 1.26 WHIP (t-8th). The team is ranked first in strikeouts, second in home runs, tied for sixth in hit batters, tied for eighth in shutouts, and 13th in wins (tied) and walks. They also are one of the better clubs with allowing the least amount of hits (first), runs scored (ninth), and earned runs (tenth).
Robelys Reyes is tied for eighth in runs scored.
Rafael Medina is tied for seventh in walks.
Luis Perez is tenth in OBP.
Carlos Matias is tenth in ERA, tied for fifth in complete games, and second in WHIP.
Bryan Martinez is third in strikeouts.
Up Next (2010 Record, vs. Cardinals)
July 20: Brewers (17-23, 5-7)
July 21: @ Athletics (18-24, 4-9)
July 22: Mariners (24-17, 8-6)
July 23: @ Brewers
July 24: Athletics
July 25: Off Day
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