Cardinals opened the season on the road at the Orioles (two). The Orioles pitching dominated the Redbirds holding them to six hits and only one run, scored on an error. The Cardinals gave up two runs in the fourth and two in the sixth. Player of the game, Franyel Casadilla struck out three over two hitless/scoreless innings of relief.
In the second game, Orioles (two) visited the Cardinals. The two teams met and flip flopped scores from the previous contest, of 4-1. Jonathan Rivera lead the way, at the plate, doubling twice and driving in the first two runs of the game for the Redbirds. Irving Wilson launched the team's first home run of the season, a two-run shot in the seven, to make it 4-0. Will Changarotty held the Orioles in check, striking out four and only allowing one hit and four walks over five innings. Jose Lara closed it out for the club but not after walking two batters.
The Reds (two) came to town to take on the Cardinals in the third game of the season. The Reds took an early lead going up 2-0 by the third inning. The Redbirds stormed back to take the lead as Allen Cordoba drove in a couple runs and Luis Bandes hits the teams second home run of the season, a solo in the seventh. Franyel Casadilla helped to keep the Reds in check, striking out six of eight batters over two and a third innings.
The second game of the series between the Cardinals and Reds, saw different venues but same results. The Redbirds carried over a 5-2 win from the previous day to the next. Carlos Talavera produced the club's first triple of the season, in the first, and also drove in one run. The Reds only managed to score in the fourth inning and knocked out starting pitcher Junior Gonzalez. Player of the game, Hector Linares singles three times, doubled, and knocked in one run for the Cardinals.
The Red Sox hosted the Cardinals in the fifth fame of the season. The Sox were not laying down easy as they swung hard in the first inning, plating five runs in the first. The Cardinals pitching could not stop the bleeding giving up another run in the second, fourth, and three more in the seventh. The Redbirds tried to get within reach, but failed. Jonathan Rivera hit the club's third home run of the season, a two-run shot, in the fourth. The Cardinals also committed a season-high five errors and lost 10-4.
The Red Sox visited the Cardinals in the second game of the series and saw a not so bad loss. The Sox scored in three consecutive innings; one run in each of the second, third, and fourth; and slapped two more up in the sixth. The Redbirds took advantage of an error in the fourth and plated two runs and another error contributed to run in the eighth. Andy De La Cruz finished off the game for the Cardinals, doing what the two previous didn't, allowing no runs over two hitless/scoreless innings.
For the final game of this period, the Cardinals hosted the Giants. Will Changarotty delivered another great start, holding the Giants to only one run over four innings. Oneiver Diaz followed with three scoreless frames, but Franyel Casadilla couldn't hold things together to finish off the game. With a 2-1 lead, heading into the eighth, the Giants squeezed a couple runs across and won 3-2.
Allen Cordoba opened the season with a four-game hitting streak, reached safely base in six of seven games, and collected three multi-hit games. The 18-year old right-handed hitter went 9-for-23 (.391) with two doubles, two RBIs (one w/two-outs), 11 total bases, three runs, three walks, one sac fly, one stolen base, and eight strikeouts. He played five games at third base and two at shortstop, assisting in one double play and committing one throwing error.
Hector Linares began the season with a five-game hitting streak, is currently riding a six-game on base streak, and collected two multi-hit games. The 17-year old right-handed hitter went 9-for-24 (.375) with four doubles, two RBIs, 13 total bases, four runs, two walks, one strikeout, and grounded into one double play. He played five games at shortstop, assisting in one double play, and one game as designated hitter.
Jonathan Rivera opened the season with a six-game hitting streak and added two multi-hit, two multi-RBI, and two multi-runs scored games. The 17-year old right-handed hitter went 8-for-28 (.286) with three doubles, one triple, one home run, five RBIs (three w/two-outs), 16 total bases, two runs, one walk, seven strikeouts, and grounded into one double play. He played three games in right field (one outfield assist) and four in left field.
Will Changarotty was solid in both starts during this period. On June 2nd, he pitched five innings allowing one hit, no runs, three walks, and struck four out for the winning decision. The 18-year old-right-handed gave up three hits, one earned run, two walks, and struck three out over four innings on June 7th. In nine total innings of work Changarotty has struck out seven and walked five and has a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 12-to-4.
Franyel Casadilla made three relief appearances, with his last being on the shakey side. The 17-year old made his professional debut on May 31st, pitching two hitless/scoreless innings while throwing two wild pitches and striking out three. On June 3rd, he gave up one hit, no runs, threw one wild pitch, and struck six out over two and a third innings. The Venezuelan hurler then blew the save opportunity on June 7th, getting tagged with six hits, two earned runs, one walk, and striking out two over two innings. He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 4-to-2 and kept both inherited runners stranded in all three games.
Henry Alvarado carries over his poor season from last, striking out two or more times in two games and going hitless to start the season. The 18-year old right-handed hitter went 0-for-10 (.000) with five strikeouts. He played two games at first base, assisting on one double play, and one as designated hitter.
Wadye Ynfante only managed one hit in four games and had two multi-strikeout games. The 19-year old right-handed hitter went 1-for-14 (.071) with one total base, two walks, one stolen base, and seven strikeout. He played four games at second base assisting in two double plays and committing one throwing error.
Carlos Luis didn't get a hit in his first two games and struck out in all three. The 17-year old right-handed hitter went 1-for-9 (.111) with one total base, two runs, two walks, one stolen base, and four strikeouts. He played one game in left field and two as designated hitter.
Jesus Narvaez gave up two runs in each of his relief appearances during this period. The 17-year old left-hander was called on for the May 31st contest and allowed two hits, two earned runs, one walk, and stuck one out over two innings. On June 6th, he coughed up four hits, two earned runs, one walk, threw one wild pitch, and struck two out. The Venezuelan had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 0-to-9 for both games.
Angel Estevez was the only starter in the rotation to get hit hard. The 16-year old right-hander made his professional debut on June 5th allowing six hits, six runs (five earned), threw one wild pitch, and struck two out for the losing decision. He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 5-to-2.
Estarlin Arias (elbow), Frendy Gavin, Dariel Gomez, and Sergio Ripoll (shoulder) all opened the season the 60-day disabled list.
Recently signed Jeikel Feliz is currently on the restricted list awaiting clearance to pitch. He was signed out of the MLB Dominican Amateur Prospect League.
Bladimil Franco, Joshua Lopez, Yeison Medina, Ronald Medrano, Julio Mateo, Frederis Parra, Jorge Rodriguez, Edmundo Sosa, Ramon Santos, and Magneuris Sierra are all in extended spring training looking to latch on with a short-season stateside club.
Miguel Caigua, Jeffry Cerdas, Luis De La Rosa, Ruben Encarnacion, Virgilio Encarnacion, Fernando Gonzalez, Diory Paulino, Ronald Sanchez, and Yunior Sanchez were all give their releases over the offseason.
The Cardinals were one of many teams on hand to scout then 16-year old (now 17) Dominican right-handed pitcher Junior Fernandez: Baseball America
Dominican League Stats:
The team has gone 53-for-230 (.230 - 22nd in the league) with 13 doubles (t-4th), two triples, three home runs (t-5th), 19 RBIs, 79 total bases, 24 runs, 26 walks, six stolen bases, 65 strikeouts, one caught stealing, .315 OBP (t-23rd), .343 SLG (15th), and .659 OPS (21st).
The club is 3-4 with 3.25 ERA (9th), 1.36 WHIP (t-16th), one hold, and three saves. They have combined for 52 hits, 27 runs (22 earned), 27 walks, one hit batter, and struck out 53 over 61 innings.
Hector Linares ranks tied for third in doubles.
Jonathan Rivera, Luis Bandes, and Irving Wilson are all tied, with others, for ninth in the league home runs.
Sandy Alcantara is tied for first in losses and tied for tenth in hits allowed.
Jose Lara is tied for second in saves.
Esteban Vallejo is tied for fourth in holds.
Next Up (2014 Record)(vs. Cardinals):
June 9: @ Giants (4-3)(0-1)
June 10: @ Rockies (3-4)(0-0)
June 11: Rockies (3-4)(0-0)
June 12: Yankees One (6-1)(0-0)
June 13: @ Yankees One (6-1)(0-0)
June 14: @ Mets One (2-5)(0-0)
June 15: Off Day