Monday, June 22, 2015

Dominican Summer League Cardinals Notebook 6-22-15

The Dominican Summer League Cardinals began the week extending their losing streak to three games and finally ending on a two-game slide, only winning two of the six games played.  The Redbirds have an 8-11 record, .421 PCT, six games out of first place, and tied for fifth place in the Boca Chica South Division.  They are 4-5 at home and 4-6 on the road.

Week In Review:

The Cardinals opened the week finishing up a two-game set hosting the Mariners Two.  The M's jumped on the Redbirds pitchers scoring five runs in the first four frames on the contest and continued with four over the next four innings.  The offensive side featured Brian Sanchez driving in two runs on a single and double and Carlos Rodriguez knocking in one run and hitting a solo home run.  Dennis Ortega and Dariel Gomez each contributed a run but the Cardinals came up short in a 10-6 loss to the Mariners Two.

The Cardinals hosted the Angels for the beginning of a two-game series.  Franyel Casadillo had a strong start for the Redbirds only allowing two runs and striking out five over five innings.  Irving Wilson ended the Cardinals' scoring drought in the fourth with a two-run triple, to tie the game up.  Enrique Perez kept the game tied, tossing two scoreless after Casadilla.  Wadye Ynfante gave the Redbirds the lead in the seventh, tripling in a run and scoring on a Luis Flores' sac fly.  The Halos tagged on two more in the eighth to tie it up.  Will Changarotty pitched a scoreless ninth and Elehuris Montero singled in Oscar Cotes to give the Cardinals the 5-4 victory over the Angels and end their three-game slide.

The Cardinals had the previous contest flipped on them in the second game against the Angels.  Halos pitching kept the Redbirds off the scoreboard for the first six frames.  Oneiver Diaz cruised through four innings only giving up one run, but was hit hard in the fifth and sixth.  Diaz gave up four runs and was knocked out in the sixth.  Wadye Ynfante starred offensively for the Cardinals collecting three singles and driving in two runs.  Luis Flores and Elehuris Montero each added a run but the Redbirds fella run short, 6-5 against the Angels.

The Cardinals looked to extend their good fortune against the Astros Orange.  Both teams opened up offensively against each other but it was the Redbirds who took the early lead at 5-3 after three frames.  As the game progressed, reliever Estarlin Arias struck out six over four hitless/scoreless innings and five players each drove in two or more runs for the Cardinals.  Brian Sanchez came through offensively for the Redbirds hitting a two-run homer and knocking in another as the Cardinals breezed through the final five frames for a 14-4 win over the Astros Orange.

The Cardinals headed out on the road in the second game of the series against the Astros Orange.  Brian Sanchez continued his tear on driving in runs for the Cardinals with one in the first inning.  The Stros plated to two in the bottom half to take the lead and never looked back.  The Astros shut down the Redbirds offense only allowing one run and didn't hand out any free passes.  The Cardinals pitching was strong with David Oca and Fabian Blanco hurling the nine innings, but errors caught up and the Astros pulled off the 3-1 victory.

The finale game of the week saw the Cardinals on the road against the Nationals.  Nats pitching silenced the Redbids until the ninth inning, while getting an early start offensively.  Nationals tacked on two in the first, one in the second, and two more in the fifth.  Diego Cordero, Enrique Perez, and Will Changarotty combined to hold the Nats scoreless for three innings to end the game.  The Cardinals attempted a comeback int he final frame scoring four runs, two driven in by Hector Linares, but felt short and extending their losing streak to two games.

Who's Hot:

Wadye Ynfante has a 13-game on base streak that includes a 10-game hit streak (five with multi).  The 17-year old right-handed hitter went 7-for-14 (.500) with one triple, five RBIs (two w/two-outs), one run, one sacrifice, and one strikeout.  He played three games in center field with one outfield assist.  The second-year DSL player leads the team in AVG, doubles, and is second in RBIs.

Carlos Rodriguez had a five-game hitting snapped at the end of the week, but did connect or the most hits by any Cardinal.  The 18-year old right-handed hitter went 8-for-19 (.500) with two doubles, one home run, four RBIs (two w/two-outs), four runs, two walks, five strikeouts, and grounded into one double play.  He played three games in left field and two as designated hitter.  The November 5, 2013 free agent signing is second on the team in runs scored and doubles (tied).

Brian Sanchez once again lead the team in RBIs this period along with racking up a four-game hit streak.  The 19-year old right-handed hitter went 6-for-25 (.240) with one double, one home run, seven RBIs (three w/two-outs), one run, one walk, one sac fly, six strikeouts, one caught stealing/pickoff, and grounded into one double play.  He played four games in right field (one fielding error) and two in left.  The rookie DSL player leads the team in RBIs and tied for the lead in home runs and stolen bases.

Estarlin Arias has made two of four appearances going at least four innings without an earned run.  The right-handed pitched in tandem relief on June 18th allowing no hits or runs, hit one batter, walked two, and striking out a career-high six for the winning decision (1-1).  He a had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 3-to-0.  The July 15, 2012 free agent signing is third on the team in strikeouts.

Will Changarotty extended his scoreless streak to seven appearances, 10.1 innings.  The 19-year old right-hander made his first of two appearances on June 16th, tossing one hitless/scoreless inning and striking out one for the winning decision (1-0).  On June 20th, he pitched one inning allowing no hits or runs, one walk, and struck one out.  The July 24, 2012 free agent signing had a combined ground out-to-fly out ratio of 3-to-1.

Who's Not:

Sanel Rosendo managed to drop his strikeouts but only collected two hits among everyday players during the week.  The 18-year old right-handed hitter went 2-for-16 (.125) with one RBI, one run, two walks, and three strikeouts.  He played two games in right field and two in left (two outfield assists and assisted in one double play).  The rookie DSL player leads the team in strikeouts and is tied for lead in walks.

Oneiver Diaz was roughed up in his latest start.  The 18-year old right-handed pitcher started on June 17th allowing six hits, five runs (four earned), hit two batters, walked one, and struck out a season-high five over five and two-thirds innings for the losing decision (1-3).  He a had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 9-to-1.  The November 5, 2013 free agent signing leads the team in losses, innings pitch, and tied for earned runs allowed.

Junior Gonzalez turned in his worst appearance of the season during this period.  The 18-year old right-hander started on June 15th pitching a short four innings and giving up eight hits, five earned runs, three walks, and striking out one for the losing decision (0-1).  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 3-to-3.  The second-year DSL pitcher has the worst ERA among pitchers with ten or more innings logged and only four strikeouts over 11 innings.

Fabian Blanco has allowed an earned run in three straight relief appearances.  The 17-year old left-hander pitched on June 16th giving up three hits, two earned runs, and struck one out for the blown save (1).  He relieved again on June 19th, allowing one home run (only hit and run), hit one batter, walked one, and struck four out over three innings.  The rookie DSL pitcher had a combined ground out-to-fly out ratio of 4-to-0.

Edwar Ramirez is struggling to get on course with the DSL as his ERA is steady over ten.  The 17-year old right-hander pitched on June 17th, allowing two hits, one unearned run, one walk, and striking out two over one and a third innings.  On June 20th, he pitched one inning giving up two hits, two earned runs, hit one batter, walked one, and struck one out.  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 2-to-0 and held his only inherited runner on base.


Luis Rosales made only one appearance, coming on June 15th.

Elehuris Montero currently leads the team with a 15-game on base streak, but did have his hitting streak snapped at ten games.

Diego Cordero has made five relief appearances without allowing a run.

Dominican Summer League Stats:

The team's batting average made a significant jump of 30 points from .211 last week.  The club is hitting .241(tied for 21st) (160-for-664) with 35 doubles (6th), seven triples, six home runs, 81 RBIs, 227 total bases, 86 runs, 64 walks, six stolen bases (worst), 153 strikeouts (tenth worst), eight caught stealing (tied for best), .318 OBP (30th), .342 SLG (22nd), and .660 OBP (24th).

The club has an 8-11 record with 3.33 ERA (ninth), 1.32 WHIP (11th), one complete game, one hold, and three saves.  They have allowed 158 hits, 81 runs (seventh best), 63 earned runs (tied for tenth best), four home runs, 67 walks, hit 21 batters (tied for ninth worst), and struck 135 out over 170.1 innings.

Oneiver Diaz is tied for second in losses and tied for seventh in innings pitched.

Enrique Perez is tied for eighth in hit batters.

David Oca is tied for second in strikeouts.

Will Changarotty is tied for ninth in game finishes.

Up Next (Opponents 2015 Record)(Cardinals Record Vs. Team):

June 22: Nationals (7-12)(1-2)
June 23: @ Rangers One (14-5)(2-2)
June 24: Rangers One
June 25: Mariners Two (12-6)(1-3)
June 26: @ Mariners Two
June 27: Angels (10-9)(1-3)
June 28: Off Day

Past Notebooks:

June 8, 2015: Will Changarotty, Ronald Medrano, David Oca, Elehuris Montero, and Wadye Ynfante
June 15, 2015: Juan Alvarez, Franyel Casadilla, Elehuris Montero, David Oca, and Brian Sanchez

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