The Dominican Summer League Cardinals ended the week on a two-game losing streak and only won two of five games. The team is 31-25 and three and a half games behind the first-place Mariners in the Santo Domingo North Division. They are 21-6 at home and 10-19 on the road.
The Cardinals first game of this period vs. the Athletics was postponed due to rain.
The Mariners invited in the Cardinals in the next contest. The two teams' pitching dominated each other until the Redbirds scored one in during the eighth inning. The M's could only connect for two hits the entire game and no runs. Victor Encarnacion knocked in the only run of the game. Victor DeLeon and Juan Bautista combined for the two-hit shutout.
The Cardinals next game was at home against the Brewers, who are fighting with the Athletics for last place. The Redbirds got going with one run in the first. The Brew Crew was shut down until they tied it up in the fifth. The Brewers held the Cardinals scoreless for the final eight innings and crossed three more times in the ninth for the 4-1 win. Willy Paulino gave up one run over 6.2 innings.
In the second game of the Cardinals-Brewers doubleheader, the two teams exchanged runs in the first inning. The Redbirds took the lead with one in the second and the Brewers doubled it up taking a 4-2 lead before the game was suspended. Robelys Reyes had two hits and one RBI. Jefferson Segundo made his return to the team with a debut start.
Another pitching duel broke out as the Cardinals visited the Athletics. The Redbirds took the lead in the third with one run as the team's pitching only allowed three baserunners the entire game (one walk and two hit batters). The Cardinals went on to win 2-0 for their first 2010 no-hitter hurled by Carlos Matias and Hansel De Los Santos.
The Cardinals were scheduled to host a doubleheader against the Mariners, but the second game was postponed. Both teams' pitching held each other scoreless until the Mariners put one on the board in the fifth. The M's added another three runs in the seventh holding the Redbirds to only one. Jorge Lopez drove in the only Cardinals run and Arturo Toribio struck out five over 6.1 innings.
For the finale of this period, the Cardinals went on the road to take on the Brewers. The Brew Crew took the early lead with two runs in the first. The Redbirds tied it up and took the lead with three runs combined in the fifth and sixth frames. The Cardinals held the Brewers out of the game for seven innings. The Brewers tied it up in the bottom of the ninth to send it to extras where they scored another for the 4-3 victory. Both teams had errors that factored into the outcome.
Jorge Lopez has a six-game hitting streak to carry into in the next week. The 19-year old right-handed hitter went 6-for-19 (.316) with one double, two RBIs, two runs, two stolen bases, one sac fly, and two strikeouts. He played five games at second base (committed one fielding error) and one at first base. The July 3, 2007 free agent signee is currently having his worst season of his three-year career batting .159 with a .242 OBP, .200 SLG, and .442 OPS.
Carlos Matias extended his scoreless streak to five games (19 innings). The 18-year old right-handed tossed seven hitless innings on August 5th only allowing one walk, one hit by pitch, and struck out eight for the winning decision (3-1). He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 7-to-6. The 2010 free agent signee leads the team in ERA, innings pitched, strikeouts, and WHIP, and is tied for the team lead in game starts and complete games.
Willy Paulino had four consecutive positive outings for the Cardinals, pitching 18 innings and only giving up three earned runs (1.50 ERA), eight walks, and 15 strikeouts. The 20-year old right-hander made his third straight start on August 4th, allowing five hits, one earned run, one walk, one hit by pitch, one balk, struck out four, and picked off two runners. He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 7-to-6. The February 5, 2009 free agent signee leads the team in games pitched this season.
Eduard Estalis has allowed one or no earned runs in nine of ten of his outings this season. The 21-year old right-hander started on August 2nd and gave up six hits, two earned runs, one walk, and struck out a season-high 11 over six innings. He then was called on for relief and pitched 5.2 innings allowing six hits, two runs (one earned), one home run, struck out seven, and picked one runner off on August 7th. The July 2, 2007 free agent signee had a combined ground out-to-fly ratio of 11-to-5.
Angel Tapia pitched well enough in two of three relief appearances to make a return to the rotation this past week. The 20-year old right-hander pitched in relief on August 2nd allowing seven hits, one unearned run, two walks, struck one out, and picked one runner off over 3.1 innings. He then re-entered the rotation on August 7th giving up one hit, two unearned runs, three walks, and struck out four over four innings. Tapia had a combined ground out-to-fly out ratio of 10-to-5. The November 25, 2008 free agent signee had been dealing with a left hamstring injury that took him out of action for a couple of weeks in July.
Ronard Castillo's hitless streak extended to three games this past week. The 18-year old right-handed hitter went 0-for-5 (.000) with three walks, two strikeouts, and grounded into one double play. He played both games as designated hitter, probably dealing with an injury.
Daniel Barbuena flipped over from the Who's Hot side. The 17-year old switch-hitter went 3-for-14 (.214) with one stolen base, one sac fly, and two strikeouts. He played three games at shortstop (committed one throwing errors), one as designated hitter, and one as pinch hitter. The October 28, 2009 free agent signee leads the team in doubles and home runs (tied).
Eduardo Celestino will look to end his hitless streak that sits at four games in the next period. The 17-year old left-handed hitter went 0-for-14 (.000) with one RBI, one run, and five strikeouts. He played three games in left field (committed one fielding error) and one as designated hitter.
Amauris Capellan will look to build onto his first multi-hit game in the last contest of this past week. The 17-year old right-handed hitter went 3-for-20 (.150) with three strikeouts and grounded into one double play. He played four games in right field and two in center.
Jose Agustin also wore the sombrero for the week and struck out in most of his at-bats. The 17-year old right-handed hitter went 0-for-14 (.000) with eight strikeouts. He played two games between both third and first base (committed one fielding error) and two as designated hitter.
Rosalin Rudecindo is still listed on the suspended list.
Ariel Gonzalez has been out since June 16th; Luis Polanco since July 5th; Victor Ferriera since July 24th; Eduardo Hirlado since July 26th; Domingo Diaz, Stalyn Lopez, Anthony De La Cruz, Christian Concepcion, and Jean De La Cruz since July 31st.
Jefferson Segundo made his 2010 debut on August 4th after serving a suspension for a failed test for a performance enhancing substance. The 20-year old right-hander started and pitched three innings allowing four hits, four runs (one earned), three walks, threw two wild pitches, and struck out four in a suspended game.
Wagner Mateo (Former MiLB Signing-Diamondbacks) has played in 57 games going 55-for-203 (.271) with 13 doubles, four triples, four home runs, 45 RBIs, 88 total bases, 40 runs, 31 walks, 14 stolen bases, 65 strikeouts, ten caught stealing, .374 OBP, .433 SLG, and .807 OPS.
Eddy Rivera (Former DSL Cardinal-Padres) has been out since June 19th.
Dominican Summer League Stats
The Cardinals are batting .217 (25th) with a .346 OBP (11th), .273 SLG (28th), and .619 OPS (26th). The team is tied for third in walks, seventh in stolen bases, 17th in strikeouts, 20th in runs scored, and rank on the back end of the league in all others.
The Cardinals pitching has a 2.85 ERA (ninth) and 1.26 WHIP (11th). The team is first in strikeouts, second in home runs allowed, tied for third in shutouts, eighth in hit batters, tied for ninth in complete games, 12th in walks, and tied for 13th in wins. The club ranks as one of the better teams in hits allowed, runs allowed, and earned runs.
Andres Beras is ninth in OBP.
Carlos Matias is third in ERA, tied fourth in strikeouts, and second in WHIP.
Victor DeLeon is tied for third in shutouts.
Up Next (2010 Record, vs. Cardinals)
August 9: @ Mariners (35-22, 10-9)
August 10: Brewers (24-34, 8-11)
August 11: @ Athletics (24-33, 6-13)
August 12: Mariners
August 13: @ Brewers
August 14: Athletics
August 15: Off Day
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