Monday, August 4, 2014

Dominican Summer League Cardinals Notebook 8-4-14

The Dominican Summer League Cardinals had their worst week of the season so far.  After winning three straight games, the team took a dive and lost their last 13.  The club is 15-39 with a .278 PCT, 24 games out of first place, and have been eliminated from postseason play.  The Cardinals will look to finally claim a victory after two weeks and climb out of the cellar in the Boca Chica South Division, three games back of the Reds Two.

Week In Review:

The Cardinals opened this period on the road against the Mets One.  The Mets struck first, plating five runs in the second, and keeping the Redbirds off the board for the first three frames.  The Cardinals came back to tie the game up with three in the fourth and two in the fifth, lead by Carlos Talavera who drove in two of those runs.  Oneiver Diaz held the Mets to just one run over three innings of relief.  The Mets then took advantage of an error to pad the lead at 7-5.  The Redbirds managed only one run in the final four innings and lost 7-6.

The Mets One visited the Cardinals in the final game of the two-game set.  Allen Cordoba drilled a solo home run the put the Redbirds out front 1-0 and David Oca pitched six scoreless innings to open the game.  The Mets finally broke through in the seventh with two runs and added another in the ninth for a 3-2 lead.  Jonathan Rivera came through in the bottom half of the ninth driving in two runs on a double to send the game in to extras.  Enrique Perez pitched two scoreless innings and former closer Jose Lara gave up the winning run in the 12th.  The Cardinals would not score in the final three frames as the Mets won 4-3.

The Cardinals hosted the Nationals for game one of the two-game series.  The Nats all out dominated this contest and scored the game's only five runs in the third and holding the Redbirds lifeless.  The Cardinals did not plate a run and only had two base runners in Wadye Ynfante's double and Carlos Rodriguez's walk.  Angel Estevez and Kerrion Bennett did combined to toss six scoreless frames to end the game but Nationals pitching was much better in the 5-0 victory.

The Nationals welcomed in the Cardinals for the next contest and had near-to-same results as the previous.  The Nats pitching, was again stellar, extending the Cardinals' scoreless streak to 20 innings.  Sandy Alcantara struck out seven but allowed four runs over five innings and Juan Alvarez continued the pitching struggles after.  Esteban Vallejo was the only hurler to not get tagged by the Nationals.  The Cardinals made a small run in the ninth, with Wadye Ynfante at the plate, they scored on a wild pitch and then he followed with two RBIs on a triple.  The Redbirds' run came up four runs short losing to the Nationals 7-3.

The Cardinals stayed out on the road to face the Mariners in a two-game set to end this notebook.  The Mariners came out firing on all cylinders plating six runs in the first and knocking battled Junior Fernandez immediately out of the game.  Andy De La Cruz, Rigobert Urena, and Enrique Perez followed to save the game and held the M's on the scoreboard for the next eight innings.  The Redbirds did not get things going until the fifth with one run and Dennis Ortega drove in tow of the Cardinals' three runs in the sixth.  The Mariners bullpen settled and held the Redbirds in check for the 6-4 win.

The Cardinals hosted the Mariners for the final game of this period.  The M's scored right away but the Redbirds bottom half on a Jonathan Rivera triple and a wild pitch.  The Cardinals added another run in the fourth but handed the contest right back to the Mariners, scoring three in the fifth.  The Redbirds never saw the lead again, only plating one more run in the sixth, while the Mariners padded their lead for the 7-4 victory.

Who's Hot:

Wadye Ynfante had a five-game streak, including a three hits in one contest, in the six games played this past week.  The 16-year old right-handed hitter went 7-for-23 (.304) with one double, one triple, two RBIs, three runs, one stolen base, and eight strikeouts.  He played six games in left field, committing four fielding errors.  The 2014 free agent signing ended a five-game hitless streak to start the week off.

Allen Cordoba has picked up a hit in his last three games and hasn't struck out in his last six.  The 18-year old right-handed hitter went 7-for-24 (.292) with two doubles, one home run, one RBI, six runs, two walks, one hit by pitch, and three stolen bases.  He played four games at shortstop (assisted in one double play and committed one fielding error, one at third base, and one between both positions.  The April 12, 2013 free agent signing leads the team in runs scored.

Jonathan Rivera had his hitting streak snapped at seven games but rounded out this period collecting a hit in last two contests.  The 17-year old right-handed hitter went 5-for-20 (.250) with one double, one triple, three RBIs (two w/two-outs), three runs, one stolen base, and eight strikeouts.  He played four games in right field (two outfield assists) and one in center.  The November 5, 2013 free agent signing leads the team in hits, doubles, RBIs, total bases, and strikeouts.

David Oca bounced back from his worst outing of the year to have one of his best.  The 19-year old left-handed made his scheduled start on July 29th pitching six and a third innings and allowing five hits, two runs (one earned), hit one batter, struck out nine, and picked one runner off.  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 9-to-1.  The December 10, 2012 free agent signing leads the team in WHIP.

Angel Estevez extended his quality appearances to three this week, allowing only one run over his last 12.2 innings.  The 17-year old right-handed was on the back end of the tandem rotation for his July 30th appearance as he pitched four scoreless innings giving up two hits, one walk, and striking out two.  He had a ground out-to fly out ratio of 6-to-2.  The 2014 free agent signing leads the team in winning decisions.

Andy De La Cruz has established himself as a go-to guy in the bullpen.  The 19-year old left-hander made his first of two appearances on July 28th, pitching one inning and allowing one hit and one unearned run.  He was called on to burn some innings on August 1st and went an extended four and a third scoreless, giving up three hits, one walk, and striking out a season-high six.  De La Cruz had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 4-to-3 and held both inherited runners on base.  The February 4, 2013 free agent signing leads all relievers in ERA and WHIP.

Who's Not:

Luis Flores had his hitting streak snapped at seven games and struggled to get back going again.  The 17-year old switch-hitter went 2-for-26 (.077) with one run, seven strikeouts, and one caught stealing.  He played six games at second base, assisting in two double plays and committing three fielding errors.

Derian Gonzalez slumped in his last two starts coming after the All-Star break.  The 19-year old right-handed made his scheduled start on August 2nd allowing five hits, four runs (three earned), three walks, threw two wild pitches, and striking out five over four and a third innings.  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 4-to-2.  The September 12, 2012 free agent signing has given up ten hits, eight runs (seven earned), one home run, six walks, and struck out ten over his last two starts, spanning eight and a third innings (8.87 ERA).

Junior Gonzalez has been struggling since having his best appearance on July 3rd.  The 17-year old right-hander made his tandem rotation start on July 30th going only three innings and giving up nine hits, five runs (four earned), and striking out two for the losing decision (1-2).  He had a ground out to-fly out ratio of 4-to-3.  The 2014 free agent signing has allowed 24 hits, 15 runs (11 earned), five walks, and struck out three over his last four outings, spanning 13.1 innings (7.56 ERA).

Will Changarotty saw his ERA rise over five per start for the first time since June 30th.  The 18-year old right-handed made his tandem start on July 28th allowing seven hits, five earned runs, two walks, and struck out four over four innings.  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 6-to-1.  The July 24, 2012 free agent signing was able to keep his earned runs to two or less in the three games prior to it ballooning to five this past week.

Junior Fernandez pitched the team's worst and shortest start of the season.  The 17-year old right-hander started on August 1st and was bounced after only facing ten batters and not getting out of the first inning.  He coughed up two hits, six runs (three earned), three walks, hit two batters, threw one wild pitch, and struck out one for the losing decision (0-4).  Fernandez had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 2-to-0.  As a starter this season, the July 2, 2014 free agent signing is 0-4 with a 8.56 ERA and has struck out eight and walked six over 13.2 innings.


Irving Wilson has been out of action since June 11th, Dylan Melendez since June 17th, Jesus Narvaez since June 30th, Luis Bandes since July 16th, Andres Luna since July 17th, and Carlos Luis since July 23rd.

This will be the sixth consecutive season the Dominican Summer League Cardinals will miss postseason play.  The last time came in 2009 when the team was lead by Oscar Taveras, Yorbel Alcala, Juan Castillo, Victor Encarnacion, Ronny Gil, Jesus Montero, Wader Perez, Luis Pimentel, Roberto Reyes, Jose Almarante, Charllan Jimenez, Stalyn Lopez, Bryan Martinez, Jose Pasan, Willy Paulino, Michael Santana, Angel Tapia, and Adriano Uribe.

Dominican Summer League Stats (League Ranking - 36 Teams):

The team has gone 401-for-1843 (.218 - 32nd) with 63 doubles (33rd), 11 triples (t-34th), 19 home runs (t-8th), 146 RBIs (35th), 543 total bases (28th), 198 runs (35th), 161 walks (35th), 66 stolen bases, 547 strikeouts (1st), 35 caught stealing, .289 OBP (36th), .295 SLG (29th), and .583 OPS (34th).

The club has gone 15-39 with a 3.87 ERA (22nd), 1.43 WHIP (t-20th), one shutout, eight holds, and ten saves.  They have allowed a combined 501 hits (2nd worst), 283 runs, 207 earned runs, 13 home runs, 186 walks, hit 37 batters (7th best), and struck 378 out (6th worst) over 481.1 innings.

Luis Bandes is tied for third in home runs.
Jonathan Rivera is tied for fourth in strikeouts.
Carlos Talavera is tied for ninth in strikeouts.
Sandy Alcantara is tied for third in losses.
Junior Gonzalez is tied for eighth in hits allowed.

Up Next (2014 Record)(Cardinals Team Vs. Opponent):

August 4: @ Orioles Two (23-31)(2-4)
August 5: Orioles Two
August 6: Reds Two (18-36)(4-2)
August 7: @ Reds Two
August 8: @ Red Sox (39-15)(2-4)
August 9: Red Sox
August 10: Off Day

Past 2014 Notebooks:
June 9, 2014 - Will Changarotty, Franyel Casadilla, Allen Cordoba, Hector Linares, and Jonathan Rivera.
June 16, 2014 - Sandy Alcantara, Luis Bandes, Allen Cordoba, Dylan Melendez, and Carlos Talavera.
June 23, 2014 - Luis Bandes, Luis Flores, David Oca, Jonathan Rivera, and Carlos Rodriguez.
June 30, 2014 - Sandy Alcantara, Andy De La Cruz, Derian Gonzalez, Junior Gonzalez, and Jonathan Rivera
July 7, 2014 - Sandy Alcantara, Allen Cordoba, Joaquin De La Cruz, Luis Flores, and Junior Gonzalez.
July 14, 2014 - Luis Bandes, Franyel Casadilla, Derian Gonzalez, Carlos Rodriguez, and Esteban Vallejo.
July 21, 2014 - Henry Alvarado, Andy De La Cruz, Oneiver Diaz, Angel Estevez, and David Oca.
July 28, 2014 - Sandy Alcantara, Allen Cordoba, Angel Estevez, Junior Fernandez, and Jonathan Rivera

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