The Dominican Summer League Cardinals went 4-3 in the last week of the season and were eliminated from postseason play in the last two games of the year. The team finished with a 39-32 record and four games out of first place behind the Mariners. They had a 24-11 record at home and 15-21 on the road.
The Cardinals opened this period with a doubleheader vs. the Athletics, the first being a completion of the August 2nd game. The Redbirds were the first on the board with a run in the opening inning but the A's pitching stepped in to shut the team down for the next six frames. The Athletics tied it up in the third and took the lead with runs in the fourth and seventh (with the help of errors). The Cardinals came back to tie it up with a run in the eighth and ninth, then scored the winner in the bottom of the tenth. Andres Beras drove in two runs and Eduard Estalis struck out 11 over six innings.
In the regularly scheduled game between the Cardinals and Athletics, the Redbirds again jumped out in front early. They plated a run in each of the second and third innings before the A's hammered away scoring seven runs over the final four frames. Errors and wild pitches set the Cardinals back, but they made a comeback that came up one run short in the 7-6 loss. Robelys Reyes doubled and knocked in two runs and Amauris Capellan showed some life driving in two runs also.
The next game between the Cardinals and Mariners was postponed due to weather.
The Cardinals welcomed in the Brewers in the following game. The Brewers got the game started with one run in the second but the Redbirds charged back with one in the fourth and three in the fifth for the 4-1 lead. The Brew Crew scored two more in the sixth and tied the game up with three in the eighth. Both team's bullpens held each scoreless in the ninth and tenth. In the 11th, the Cardinals bullpen continued the past two innings' success and the bats knocked in the winning run in the bottom half for a 7-6 victory. Luis Perez tripled and drove in two runs and Daniel Barbuena knocked in another two. Arturo Toribio struck out six over five innings.
Looking to stay in the run for the postseason, the Cardinals went on the road to take on the Athletics. Both team's starters tossed scoreless ball in the first four frames and the Redbirds broke through with two runs in the fifth. The A's followed with three runs spread out over the next three innings. The A's bullpen went belly up and the fielding booted a ball in the top of the ninth as the Cardinals came back to win the game with three runs in the inning. Barbuena tripled and had three RBIs. Estalis pitched a scoreless inning for his first save of the season.
The first-place Mariners welcomed in the Cardinals as the two teams played the August 17th game that had been postponed. The M's were the first across the plate with a run in the third, but couldn't hold the lead as the Redbirds found four runs in the fourth. The Mariners held the Cardinals off for the final five innings but only could get one more run on the board. The Cardinals took the game doubling up the Mariners 4-2, gaining one game in the standings. Dominigo Diaz doubled and had two RBIs.
The teams flip-flopped home designation and the Mariners jumped all over the Cardinals with three runs in each of the first and second innings. The Redbirds pitching finally stepped in and shut down the Mariners in the final five innings, but it was not enough. The Cardinals offense couldn't get going, only plating two runs, and lost 6-2. The M's knocked the Redbirds out of postseason play with this win. Willy Paulino and Luis Polanco combined to toss five and a third scoreless innings after the Cardinals starter was hit hard.
In the final game of the season, the Cardinals went on the road to take on the Brewers. The Brewers pitching staff held the Redbirds out of the game in the first seven frames. The Brew Crew scored one in the first to get things going and then added a total of seven runs spread out over the final four frames of the game. The Cardinals tried their best to get back in with five combined in the eighth and ninth but came up short 8-5. Fernando Baez hit a three-run shot.
Who Ended Hot
Robelys Reyes began the week on a three-game hitting streak, before it ended in the final contest. The 20-year old switch-hitter went 4-for-11 (.364) with one double, two RBIs, two runs, four walks, two stolen bases, and one strikeout. He played two games at shortstop (assisted in one double play), one at second base (assisted in one double play), one in centerfield, and one as a pinch hitter. The 2010 free agent signee led the team in runs scored, hits, doubles (tied), home runs (tied), total bases, and stolen bases.
Andres Beras ended the season on a seven-game on-base streak. The 19-year old right-handed hitter went 5-for-14 (.357) with one double, four runs, one walk, one hit by pitch, and three strikeouts. He played three games split between first base and right field, one as designated hitter, and one as pinch hitter. The July 2, 2007 free agent signee led the team in home runs (tied) and OBP.
Daniel Barbuena drove in the most runs for the team this period. The 17-year old switch-hitter went 5-for-21 (.238) with one triple, six RBIs, one run, four walks, one hit by pitch, one stolen base, five strikeouts, and two caught stealing. He played three games at shortstop (assisted in two double plays and committed one fielding error) and three games at second base (assisted in two double plays). The October 29, 2009 free agent signee led the team in doubles (tied), home runs (tied), and caught stealing.
Fernando Baez followed right behind Barbuena with the second-most RBIs for the week. The 18-year old right-handed hitter went 1-for-11 (.091) with one home run, five RBIs, two runs, two walks, two hit by pitches, two strikeouts, and one caught stealing. The October 28, 2009 free agent signee played all five games at catcher where he threw out nine of 16 base runners, had one passed ball, and committed two errors (one missed catch and one throwing).
Willy Paulino threw some quality innings for the team, but also showed a little of his wild side. The 20-year old right-hander started on August 16th and pitched 3.1 innings allowing two hits, one earned run, one walk, hit three batters, and struck three out. He came out of the bullpen on August 20th tossing three and a third scoreless innings and giving up two hits, three walks, hit three batters, threw one wild pitch, and struck out one. He had a combined ground out-to-fly out ratio of 9-to-4 and kept his only inherited runner on base. The February 5, 2009 free agent signee led the team in appearances, innings pitched, hits allowed, and hit batters.
Eduard Estalis returned to a familiar role for the club in the last week of the season. The 21-year old right-hander was called upon for the close of the game on August 19th. He game up two hits, no runs, and struck one out for his first save and only save of the season. Estalis had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 1-to-1. The July 2, 2007 free agent signee led the team in losses, complete games (tied), and home runs allowed, but struck out 45 and walked seven over 44.2 innings this season.
Arturo Toribio had his best start of the season in the final week. The 18-year old right-hander made his third consecutive start on August 18th pitching five innings and allowing four hits, one earned run, and striking six out. He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 7-to-2. The October 28, 2009 free agent signee made a total of four starts posting an 0-1 record with a 4.09 ERA, striking out 21 and walking six over 22 innings.
Juan Bautista managed to keep his ERA under two to end the season. The 17-year old right-hander came in for relief on August 17th and pitched five innings, allowing four hits, one earned run, one home run, two walks, threw one wild pitch, and struck out four for the winning decision (5-0). He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 8-to-2. In eight relief appearances, the 2010 free agent signee struck out 25 and walked eight over 23 innings while picking up five wins and holding a 1.96 ERA.
Delvi Rodriguez returned to the rotation after being hit hard in his previous appearance. The 19-year old left-hander started on August 17th giving up two hits, one unearned run, four walks, threw one wild pitch, and struck out three over four innings. He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 3-to-4. The November 25, 2008 free agent signee made three starts this season posting an 0-1 record and 0.63 ERA.
Rosalin Rudecindo did not pitch this season.
Ariel Gonzalez had not played since June 16th, Eduardo Hiraldo since July24th, Luis Mata since August 4th, Carlos Matias and Jean De La Cruz since August 12th, Victor Encarnacion and Christian Concepcion since August 16th. No new developments in Matias' status.
Wagner Mateo (Former Free Agent Signing-Diamondbacks) played in 67 games going 61-for-237 (.257) with 14 doubles, four triples, four home runs, 45 RBIs, 95 total bases, 45 runs, 35 walks, 16 stolen bases, 83 strikeouts, ten caught stealing, .359 OBP, .401 SLG, and .760 OPS.
Eddy Rivera (Former DSL Cardinals-Padres) made eight appearances (one start) posting an 0-1 record, 7.94 ERA, and two saves. He allowed six hits, ten earned runs, 11 walks, and struck 13 out over 11.1 innings. He had not pitched since June 19th.
Lenny Rosario (Former Free Agent Signing-Mets) made 15 appearances (five starts) posting a 3-2 record and 2.50 ERA. He allowed 12 hits, 15 runs (11 earned), 38 walks, and struck out 53 over 39.2 innings.
Dominican Summer League Stats
The Cardinals had a.217 batting average (30th) with a.339 OBP (13th), .276 SLG (28th), and .615 OPS (27th). The team finished fourth in walks, seventh in strikeouts, ninth in strikeouts, tied for 15th in runs scored, 17th in RBIs, and in the bottom half of the league in all other statistics.
The Cardinals pitching had a 3.08 ERA (13th) and 1.32 WHIP (16th). They finished ranked first in strikeouts and home runs allowed, tied for fourth in hit batters, seventh in walks, tied for eighth in shutouts, tied for 12th in wins and complete games, and tied for 20th in shutouts.
Jose Pena was tied for fourth in strikeouts.
Carlos Matias was first in ERA, tied for eighth in strikeouts, and first in WHIP.
Victor DeLeon was tied for third in shutouts.
Willy Paulino was tied for sixth in hit batters.
Stalyn Lopez was tied for eighth in walks.
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