DSL Cardinals Notebook: 2010 Week 11

The Dominican Summer League Cardinals head into the final week of the season still in contention.

The Dominican Summer League Cardinals flip-flopped wins and losses in the last period winning three of seven games but did stay three-and-a-half games behind the first-place Mariners in the Santo Domingo North Division.  The Redbirds are 35-29 and five games from being eliminated for postseason play (both the Athletics and Brewers are out).  They are 22-9 at home and 13-20 on the road.

 

The Cardinals opened the schedule on the road vs. the Mariners.  The Redbirds took an early lead with four runs in the first inning.  The M's pecked away until they were one run down heading into the ninth.  The Cardinals came through with two runs in the top of the ninth and shut the door on the Mariners in the bottom half for a 6-4 win.  Andres Beras drove in two runs and Juan Bautista struck out eight over six innings.

 

The Brewers came to town to complete one earlier game and play a regularly-slated contest against the Cardinals.  

 

In the regular game, the Cardinals held a 2-1 lead over the Brewers heading into the third.  The Brew Crew knocked in three runs in the third and the Redbirds answered back with two of their own in the fifth to tie it up.  As the walks racked up for the Brewers so did the runs and the Cardinals lost 6-5.  Luis Perez drove in the only run for the Cardinals as the others came via errors.  Willy Paulino pitched three innings of scoreless ball to close out the game.

 

The suspended game didn't get far, as it was called after 3 1/2 innings.  The Brewers doubled up the Redbirds 4-2 as Robelys Reyes had two hits and one RBI and Luis Polanco struck out six over four innings.  

 

The Cardinals went on the road to take on the Athletics in the next contest.  The Redbirds took the lead from the Athletics with three runs in the third for a 3-1 score.  The A's tied it up in the sixth and the Cardinals added another three in the seventh for a 6-3 lead.  The Athletics pushed one more across in the bottom of the ninth and still came up short in the game, even though they outhit the Redbirds.  Robelys Reyes tripled and drove in two runs, Luis Perez doubled and had two RBIs, and Eduardo Celestino added another two runs batted in.  Arturo Toribio struck out five over 5 2/3 innings.

 

The Mariners visited the Cardinals in the following game and pounded the Redbirds.  The M's scored two in the second, five in the fifth, six in the sixth, and one more in the seventh.  The Redbirds could only put one run on the board the entire game for a 14-1 loss.  Rafael Medina knocked in the only run for the Cardinals.  Carlos Matias struck out eight over four innings and Jean De La Cruz sat down five in three and a third innings.

 

The Brewers welcomed in the Cardinals in the next game.  The Brewers took the early lead with two in the bottom of the first for a 2-1 score.  The Brewers then held the Redbirds out of the game for the next six innings as they added on another run making the score 3-1.  The Cardinals got within one run in the top half of the eighth but the Brew Crew knocked in another for a two-run lead.  The Redbirds came back with five runs in the top of the ninth and won 7-4.  Daniel Barbuena drove in two runs and Eduard Estalis struck out six over six innings.

 

The Cardinals hosted the Athletics in the final game of this period.  The A's scored two in the second, two more in the sixth, and one in the seventh before the Redbirds appeared on the scoreboard.  The Athletics pitching staff opened with six scoreless innings then closed out the game keeping the Cardinals at bay for the final two innings.  The A's won 5-1 taking advantage of the Cardinals' four errors.  Eduardo Celestino knocked in the only Cardinals run.  Victor DeLeon struck out six and Juan Bautista K'ed four in the nine-inning game.

 

 

Who's Hot

 

Robelys Reyes extended his hitting streak to five games from the previous week, but couldn't not get a hit in the final two games of this period.  The 20-year old switch-hitter went 9-for-25 (.360) with one double, one triple, two RBIs, four runs, one walk, two stolen bases, and three strikeouts.  He played two games at second base (one unassisted double play), two games at shortstop (assisted in one double play), one game at third base (one fielding error), and one game between both second and short.  The rookie DSL participant leads the team in runs scored, hits, triples (tied), home runs (tied), total bases, and stolen bases.

 

Jorge Lopez extended his hitting streak to five games before it came to an end in the final game of the week.  The 20-year old right-handed hitter went 6-for-16 (.375) with one RBI, two runs, one stolen base, two strikeouts, and grounded into two double plays.  He played two games at second base (assisted in two double plays) and three games in third base (committed two fielding errors).  The third-year DSL participant has gone 9-for-32 (.281) improving his average to .174 on the year.

 

Victor Ferreira returned to action after being out for a couple of weeks and has a three-game hitting streak to build upon in the next period.  The 19-year old right-handed hitter went 4-for-10 (.400) with two doubles, three runs, one walk, one hit by pitch, and two strikeouts.  He was the designated hitter in the three games in which he played.  The third-year DSL participant has been dealing with shoulder issues all season long.

 

Victor DeLeon struggled in his first appearance of the period but had one of the better starts in his second.  The 18-year old right-hander gave up three hits, two earned runs, one home run, three walks, threw one wild pitch, and struck out three over 2.2 innings for the blown save (1) and winning decision (4-1) on August 9th.  On August 14th, he allowed three hits, two runs (one earned), three walks, threw one wild pitch, one balk, and struck out six over five innings for the losing decision (4-2).  DeLeon had a combined ground out-to-fly out ratio of 9-to-5.  The rookie DSL pitcher is tied for the team lead in wins and is the only pitcher on the staff with a complete game shut out.

 

Juan Bautista has only given up one earned run in five of his nine appearances this season.  The 17-year old right-hander started on August 9 allowing four hits, two earned runs, three walks, threw two wild pitches, and struck out a season-high eight over six innings (also a season-high).  He came in on relief on August 14th and gave up six hits, three runs (one earned), two walks, threw one wild pitch, and struck out four over four innings.  Bautista had a combined ground out-to-fly out ratio of 6-to-9.  

 

 

Who's Not

 

Daniel Barbuena is riding a three-game hitless streak into the next week.  The 17-year old switch-hitter went 1-for-13 (.077) with two RBIs, four strikeouts, and grounded into one double play.  He played two games at shortstop (one fielding error), one at second base, and one as pinch hitter.  The rookie DSL participant leads the team in doubles and tied for the team lead in home runs.

 

Victor Encarnacion ended his hitless streak at four games in the final game in which he received an at-bat this past week.  The 20-year old right-handed hitter went 1-for-11 (.091) with one double, three runs, two walks, one hit by pitch, one stolen base, and five strikeouts.  He played three games in centerfield, one between center and second base (assisted in one double play), one in right, and one in left field.  

 

Jose Agustin ended his hitless streak at seven games only to not connect in the last two games of the week.  The 17-year old right-handed hitter went 1-for-10 (.100) with two runs, one walk, one hit by pitch, and three strikeouts.  He played four games at third base (two throwing errors) and one at first base.

 

Stalyn Lopez made his return to the hill and was removed after five batters while struggling with his control. The 18-year old left-hander pitched in relief to five batters on August 12th and allowed no hits, two earned runs, four walks, threw one wild pitch, and struck one out.  Both of his inherited runners scored.  The second-year DSL pitcher missed a couple weeks for an undisclosed reason and was removed from the starting tandem rotation mid-July.

 

Delvi Rodriguez picked up his first save of his professional career in his first appearance and was pounded in his second in the last period.  The 19-year old left-hander came in for a few batters on August 9th only walking one and striking out the other for the save (1).  Then on August 12th he coughed up seven hits, nine earned runs, one walk, two hit batters, and struck out two.  His ground out-to-fly out ratio was 1-to-1 and he kept both inherited runner on base.  The second-year DSL pitcher has given up nine hits and 11 runs (ten earned) in his last four appearances (3.1 innings) since being limited in the starting tandem rotation.

 

 

The Happenings

 

Rosalin Rudecindo remains on the suspended list.

 

Ariel Gonzalez (sick) has not played since June 16th; Eduardo Hiraldo (elbow) since July 26th; Luis Polanco (rib-did pitch on August 10th), Addelin Ceballo, and Luis Mata since August 4th; and Christian Concepcion since August 6th.

 

Wagner Mateo (Former MiLB Signing-Diamondbacks) has played in 63 games going 59-for-225 (.262) with 14 doubles, four triples, four home runs, 45 RBIs, 93 total bases, 45 runs, 33 walks, 15 stolen bases, 79 strikeouts, ten caught stealing, .363 OBP, .413 SLG, and .776 OPS.

 

Eddy Rivera (Former DSL Cardinals-Padres) has not pitched since June 19th.

 

 

Starting Tandem Rotation (For This Period)

 

Juan Bautista - Victor DeLeon

Jefferson Segundo - Willy Paulino

Arturo Toribio - Anthony De La Cruz

Carlos Matias - Delvi Rodriguez

Eduard Estalis - Angel Tapia

 

 

Dominican Summer League Stats

 

The Cardinals are batting .217 (t-26th) with a .341 OBP (14th), .273 SLG (t-27th), and .614 OPS (27th).  The team is fourth in walks, tied for fifth in stolen bases, tied for ninth in strikeouts, 19th in runs scored, 20th in RBIs, and middle to end of the the league in all other offensive stats.

 

The Cardinals have a 2.99 ERA (12th) and 1.30 WHIP (t-13th).  The team is first in strikeouts and home runs allowed (tied), tied for fifth in hit batters, tied for sixth in shutouts, seventh in walks allowed, tied for tenth in complete games, tied for 13th in wins, tied for 20th in losses, and rank middle-to-back end in all other stats.  The club has allowed the second least amount of hits in the league.

 

Carlos Matias is first in ERA, tied for third in strikeouts, and second in WHIP.

Victor DeLeon is tied for third in complete games.

 

 

Up Next (2010 Record, vs. Cardinals)

 

August 16: Athletics (29-35, 7-13)

August 17: @ Mariners (39-26, 13-9)

August 18: Brewers (26-39, 9-13)

August 19: @ Athletics

August 20: Mariners

August 21: @ Brewers

(end of the regular season)

 

 

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