DSL Cardinals Notebook: 2010 Week 9

The Dominican Summer League Cardinals remain in second place after a 6-4 week. Ronard Castillo is among the club's hot hitters.

The Dominican Summer League Cardinals won six of ten games in the last period which included a five-game winning streak.  The team is 29-22, two games out of first place in the Santo Domingo North Division.  The club is 21-4 at home and 8-18 on the road.


After having missed an entire week due to a tropical storm, the Cardinals returned to action with a doubleheader vs. the Athletics.  The Redbirds offense went to town in the first game, scoring two in the first and pounding out another nine in the second.  The Cardinals pitching kept the A's off the board for the first four frames and they finally scored in the fifth and sixth, but not until the Redbirds added another three in the fourth.  The Cardinals had 13 hits and scored 14 runs as the pitching held the Athletics to two hits and two runs.  Daniel Barbuena hit one home run and drove in four runs, Luis Perez legged out two doubles and had two RBIs, Rafael Medina doubled and had three RBIs, and Andres Beras knocked in two runs. 


In the second game of the doubleheader, the Athletics were more prepared to handle the Cardinals.  The Redbirds did score first with one run in the third and their pitching held the A's out of the game until the sixth inning.  The Athletics shut down the Cardinals for the final five frames and scored a run in the sixth to send it into extra innings.  The A's came out on top with a run in the bottom of the eighth for a 2-1 victory.  Willy Paulino and Stalyn Lopez combined for five scoreless innings.


After a day off, the Cardinals and Athletics went head-to-head for a third game this past week.  The Redbirds pitching again came ready to go, keeping the A's of the scoreboard for the first seven innings.  The Cardinals had their own troubles swinging the bat as they were lucky enough to get a run on a walk, stolen base, and their only hit for the game.  The Athletics came through with the winning runs in the eighth inning for a 3-1 victory.  Eduardo Hiraldo struck out nine over five scoreless frames.


The Cardinals went on the road to face the first-place Mariners in the next contest.  The M's pitching held the Redbirds at bay only allowing them to knock out five hits and keeping them away from home plate.  The Mariners were able to score the only run of the game in the second.  Eduard Estalis pitched a complete game and struck out five.


The Cardinals took on the Brewers for the second doubleheader in the last week.  The Brewers scored the first run of the game and only run the team would put up in the second.  The Redbirds tied it up in the third then slapped up five more in the sixth as the team's pitching shut down the Brewers in the last five innings.  Andres Beras doubled and drove in two runs and Robelys Reyes plated two runners.  Juan Bautista allowed one run and struck out four over five innings in his first start of the season.


In the second game, the Cardinals scored just as many runs on the Brewers as they did in the previous contest.  The Redbirds plated one in the second and put another five up on the scoreboard in the fifth inning.  The Cardinals pitching allowed only two hits as they shut out the Brewers 6-0.  Fernando Baez doubled and knocked in two runs.  Victor DeLeon pitched a complete game.


The Cardinals and Athletics went at it for the fourth time this period, this time at the A's field.  The Redbirds and Athletics exchanged runs throughout the game.  The contest ended up going into extras as the Cardinals pulled out the win with two runs in the top of the 11th inning.  Both teams each committed three errors, which had little effect on the game.  Andres Beras hit a homer and drove in two runs.  Willy Paulino struck out eight over 4.1 innings and Angel Tapia pitched three scoreless innings to round out the game.


The first-place Mariners were welcomed in by the Cardinals as they looked to cut into the division leaders' hold at the top.  The Redbirds scored first with one run in the second and let the pitching handle the game, keeping the M's off home plate for the first six frames.  The Mariners tied it up in the top of the seventh but the Cardinals took the lead with two in the bottom half.  The Redbirds allowed one more run but won 3-2 taking advantage of the M's five errors committed during the game.  Carlos Matias struck out 12 over six scoreless innings.


The Cardinals went on the road to face the Brewers for the second doubleheader between the two and third for the Cardinals this past week.  Both teams ran up the score with the Redbirds using the 15 walks they were handed and the Brewers capitalizing on errors.  The Cardinals took and early lead with six runs in the first then added another six in the fourth.  The Brew Crew plated one in the fourth to get things going then plated five in the fifth and six in the sixth to get within one of the Cardinals.  The Redbirds held a 13-12 as the team's pitching finally kicked in and held the Brewers scoreless for the final three innings as they got another run across in the ninth. Robelys Reyes, Fernando Baez, Daniel Barbuena, Victor Encarnacion, and Jose Agustin each knocked in two runs apiece.  


In the second game, the Brewers continued to swing the bat like they did in the previous game.  The Brewers held the Cardinals off the board until the fifth as the they held a 1-0 lead.  The Redbirds tied it up in the fifth only to hand it back over to the Brew Crew in the bottom half, giving up four runs.  The Brewers weren't done as they pounded out another eight runs in the sixth and won 13-2.  



Who's Hot


Luis Perez collected three multi-hit games, with one being for three, in the past week.  The 19-year old right-handed hitter went 8-for-26 (.308) with two doubles, one triple, three RBIs, nine runs, five walks, two hit by pitches, one stolen base, and three strikeouts.  He played four games behind the plate (threw out one of three runners) and five games at first base (assisted in two double plays).  The second-year DSL participant leads the team in batting average, runs scored, triples (tied), home runs (tied), RBIs, and SLG.


Ronard Castillo had his hitting streak snapped at ten games in the final contest of this period.  The 18-year old right-handed hitter went 6-for-19 (.316) with one triple, three RBIs, two runs, two walks, two stolen bases, and three strikeouts.  He played all six games in left field.


Andres Beras had three multi-hit games in the last period ad a 13-game on base streak to add onto.  The 19-year old right-handed hitter went 10-for-28 (.357) with one double, one home run, eight RBIs, five runs, nine walks, one hit by pitch, five stolen bases, one sac fly, eight strikeouts, and ground into two double plays.  He played four games at first base, two in right field, two in left, one between both first and right, and one between both left and first.  The three-year DSL participant leads the team in triples (tied), home runs (tied), OBP, and OPS.


Daniel Barbuena collected four multi-hit games, with one being for three, and has a three-game on base streak to work on in the next week.  The 17-year old switch-hitter went 10-for-31 (.323) with one double, one home run, seven RBIs, seven runs, four walks, three hit by pitches, one stolen base, nine strikeouts, and two caught stealing.  He played five games at shortstop (assisted in two double plays), two games at second base, and two games at third base.  The rookie DSL participant leads the team in doubles and home runs (tied).


Fernando Baez has an 11-game on base streak to work with in the next week.  The 18-year old right-handed hitter went 8-for-22 (.364) with one double, four RBIs, three runs, one walk, and three strikeouts.  He played all six games at catcher where he threw out four of nine base runners, picked one runner off, and had two passed balls.  


Carlos Matias had three starts go on the books in the last week and all he did not allow a run.  The 18-year old right-hander made his first on July 24th as he pitched three innings and allowed two hits, no runs, and struck four out.  On July 30th, he tossed six scoreless innings giving up five hits, two walks, threw one wild pitch, and struck out a season-high 12.  Finally on July 31st, his July 16th suspended game went on the books with three innings, three hits, no runs, two walks, and four strikeouts.   Matias did not pick up a decision in any of the starts and he had a combined ground out-to-fly out ratio of 5-to-9.  The rookie DSL participant leads the team in ERA, innings pitched, strikeouts, and WHIP.


Willy Paulino has come through with quality appearances in his last three games pitched for a combined two earned runs over 11.1 innings.  The 20-year old right-hander returned to the regular starting role on July 24th and tossed three hitless and scoreless innings only allowing two walks, threw one wild pitch, and struck out one.  He made his next start on July 29th pitching 4.1 innings and giving up two hits, one earned run, three walks, hit two batters, threw two wild pitches, had one pickoff error, and struck out eight.  Paulino also did not earn a decision in eight start and had a combined ground out-to-fly out ratio of 8-to-6.  The second-year DSL participant is tied for the team lead in wins and losses.


Victor DeLeon is making a strong case to stick in the starting role as he has a 2.82 ERA in five outings this season.  The 18-year old right-hander was called out of the bullpen on July 24th and he gave up no hits, one earned run, three walks, and struck one out over one inning.  He then started on July 28th and tossed five scoreless innings for the complete game win (3-1) only allowing two hits and striking out two.  DeLeon had a combined ground out-to-fly out ratio of 10-to-5.


Eduard Estalis has only had one bad outing all season and is another positive addition to the Cardinals rotation.  The 21-year old right-hander started on July 27th, pitching an eight-inning complete game for the losing decision (1-3) and allowed four hits, one earned run, one home run, one walk, struck five out, and picked one off.  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 11-to-6.  The third-year DSL participant has struck out 20 and walked five over 26 innings this season.


Eduardo Hiraldo made his debut as a starter on July 26th and probably will get another chance after a strong performance.  The 20-year old right-hander tossed five scoreless innings allowing one hit, one walk, threw one wild pitch and struck out a season-high nine.  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 2-to-3.  Out of the bullpen, the rookie DSL participant has struck out 25 and walked 15 over 18.1 innings.



The Happenings


Rosalin Rudecindo should be making his first appearance of the season pretty soon as his 50-game suspension is completed.


Jefferson Segundo still sits on the restricted list.  Ariel Gonzalez has been out of action since June 16th, Luis Polanco since July 5th, and Victor Ferriera since July 24th.


Jean De La Cruz, Christian Concepcion, Angel Tapia, and Arturo Toribio all returned to duty after missing some extensive playing time.


Wagner Mateo has played in 50 games going 47-for-175 (.269) with 12 doubles, four triples, two home runs, 34 RBIs, 73 total bases, 32 runs, 30 walks, 12 stolen bases, 56 strikeouts, nine caught stealing, .380 OBP, .417 SLG, and .797 OPS.


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



Dominican Summer League Stats


The Cardinals are batting .219 (t-24th) with a .355 OBP (seventh), .278 SLG (t-26th), and .633 OPS (23rd).  The team is third in walks, eighth in stolen bases, 11th in runs scored, tied for 16th in RBIs, tied for 18th in home runs, and rank middle of the pack to lower half in all others stats.


The Cardinals pitching has a 3.03 ERA (14th) and 1.29 WHIP (t-12th).  The team is first in strikeouts, second in home runs allowed, fourth in hit batters, tied for sixth in complete games and shutouts, tied for ninth in wins, 11th in walks, and ranks middle of the pack in other stats.  The club has allowed the least amount of hits in the league.


Luis Perez is tied for eighth in runs scored and eighth in OBP.

Carlos Matias is fifth in ERA, tied for ninth in complete games, sixth in strikeouts, third in WHIP, 

Victor DeLeon tied for ninth in complete games and tied for third in shut outs.

Eduard Estalis is tied ninth in complete games.



Up Next (2010 Record, vs. Cardinals)

August 2: Athletics (22-29, 6-12)

August 3: @ Mariners (31-20, 9-8)

August 4: Brewers (20-31, 6-10)

August 5: @ Athletics

August 6: Mariners

August 7: @ Brewers

August 8: Off Day



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