Monday, June 19, 2017

Dominican Summer League Cardinals Notebook 6-19-17

The Dominican Summer League Cardinals extended their losing streak to four games to begin the week then split the remaining four games, winning two of five.  The Redbirds are 5-7 with a .417 PCT and are three and a half games out of first place in the South Division.  They are 3-2 at home and 2-5 on the road.

Week In Review:

June 12, 2017: The Cardinals hosted the Mets One in game two of the series.  The Redbirds received a quality start from Francis Ventura, who struck out three and allowed one run over five innings.  The Mets turned on the offense after Ventura exited and they plated ten runs over the next three innings.  Raffy Ozuna doubled, walked, and drove in one run and Diomedes Del Rio added another RBI as the Cardinals were crushed by the Mets.

June 13, 2017:  The Cardinals stayed home and welcomed in the Phillies Red for the next series. The Phillies jumped out in front early with four runs over the third and fourth innings.  The Redbirds starter Allinson Benitez struck out five but was knocked out in the third and Rodard Avelino couldn't stop the bleeding when he gave up another two runs in the fourth.  Hector Soto tossed three and a third scoreless innings of relief keeping the Redbirds in the game.  Carlos Soler and William Jimenez each knocked in two runs to help the Cardinals tie the game and eventually win, which ended the losing streak at four games.

June 14, 2017:  The Cardinals visited the Phillies Red in the second game looking to sweep.  Both teams had strong starts by their pitchers.  Jose Moreno pitched four scoreless innings to open and the Phillies went five on one run.  Erik Pena drove in the only Redbirds run in the fifth as the rest of the offense was pretty much silent the entire game.  Wilfredo Pereira coughed up the winning runs to the Phillies fifth and sixth innings as the game came to a 2-1 final.

June 15, 2017:  Twins @ Cardinals was postponed.

June 16, 2017:  The Cardinals visited the Twins following the postponement of the first game.  The Redbirds broke out the wood and scored 11 runs over the third and fourth innings.  Cristhian Longa lead the way with one single, two doubles, and three RBIs.  Pablo Gomez and Raffy Ozuna each contributed with two RBIs each.  The Twins had four runs on the board by the fifth and Jose Geronimo and Oneiver Diaz held the final two innings scoreless for the win.

June 17, 2017:  The Cardinals played their third consecutive game on the road, this time against the Angels.  The pitching was on point and shut down the Redbirds offense for the complete contest.  Raffy Ozuna picked up the only extra-base hit with a double and Diomedes Del Rio reached base twice, on walks.  The Halos offense took advantage of eight walks and a total of ten wild pitches thrown by the Cardinals staff and three errors committed in the field for the shutout.  This marks the second games the Redbirds have not scored in during the 2017 season.

Who's Hot:

Raffy Ozuna has a ten game on-base streak which includes a five-game hit streak and four consecutive with a double.  The 18-year old right-handed hitter went 5-for-14 (.357) with four doubles, three RBIs (two w/two-outs), three runs, three walks, and five strikeouts.  He played four games at shortstop and committed six throwing errors and assisted in one double play.  The July 2, 2015 free agent signing leads the team in doubles, total bases, and errors.

Cristhian Longa looks to extended his four-game on base streak which includes collecting a hit in three consecutive games.The 17-year old right-handed hitter went 5-for-17 (.294) with two doubles, three RBIs (one w/two-outs), and three runs.  He played four games at first base.

Erik Pena has a four-game on-base streak and has connected for a hit in his last two.  The 17-year old switch-hitter went 4-for-11 (.364) with one double, two RBIs (one w/two-outs), three runs, four walks, one sac fly, and four strikeouts.  He played three games at second base (one fielding error and assisted in one double play) and one game as designated hitter.

Hector Soto has now thrown three scoreless outings, spanning eight and two-thirds innings.  The 18-year old right-hander was called on for relief on June 13th and went three and a third innings, allowing one hit, no runs, and struck two out.  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 5-to-3 and held one inherited runner on base.

Jose Moreno turned things around after a tough first appearance.  The 16-year old right-hander started on June 14th and tossed four scoreless frames allowing four hits, one walk, and struck one out.  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 4-to-3.

Who's Not:

Carlos Soler ended his streak of striking out one of more times in eight consecutive games but has connected for a hit in three straight games.  The 17-year old left-handed hitter went 3-for-30 (.150) with two RBIs, two runs, two walks, one hit by pitch, eight strikeouts, and grounded into one double play.  He played five games in centerfield, committing three errors (one throwing, one missed catch, and one fielding.

Brian Pirela struggled in has latest outing after a strong start.  The 19-year old right-hander was called for relief on June 16th and gave up four hits, two earned runs, two walks, and struck four out over three innings for the winning decision (1-0).  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 1-to-3.

Wilfredo Pereira has given up two runs in each of his two appearances this season.  The 18-year old right-hander pitched three innings of relief on June 14th and gave up four hits, two earned runs, one home run, two walks, struck three out, and assisted in one double play for the losing decision (2-1).  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 5-to-1.

Roy Garcia dealt with some major control issues in his latest two appearances.  The 16-year old right-hander coughed up five hits, six runs (five earned), two walks, threw two wild pitches, and struck two out over one and a third innings for the loss on June 12th.  He then pitched one and two-third innings on June 17th and allowed three hits, three earned runs, two walks, threw six wild pitches, and struck two out.  The September 6, 2016 free agent signing had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 3-to-3.

Rodard Avelino has given up double the runs to innings pitched this season.  The 18-year old right-hander pitched in relief on June 13th and allowed four hits, two earned runs, and two walks over one inning.  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 1-to-2 and held one of three inherited runners on base.


Ivan Herrera, William Jimenez, Yowelfy Rosario, and Franklin Soto played in two games and Freddy DeJesus only one game during this period.  Nelson Prada has been out of action since June 7th and Enmanuel Solano since June 9th.

Angel Rondon was promoted, after two starts, to Johnson City.

Oneiver Diaz was returned from extended spring training and made one relief appearance on June 16th, tossing one hitless/scoreless inning.

Hector Mendoza made his debut on June 13th.  He pitched two innings allowing one hit, one earned run, one walk, and struck two out with three ground outs and held three inherited runners on base.

Victor Garcia made his debut and played in three games during this period.  He has gone 2-for-12 (.167) with one double, one run, one walk, and two strikeouts.

Dominican Summer League Stats:

The team is batting .224 (31st, 90-for-401) with 19 doubles, four triples, two home runs (t-7th worst), 42 RBIs (t-7th worst), 123 total bases (t-7th worst), 56 runs, 53 walks, eight stolen bases (2nd worst), 120 strikeouts (t-3rd worst), six caught stealing, .319 OBP (t-33rd), .307 SLG (31st), and .626 OPS (34th).

The club has a 5.23 ERA (39th), 1.65 WHIP (t-37th), one hold, and two saves.  They have allowed 120 hits (t-4th worst), 81 runs (t-8th worst), 63 earned runs (t-2nd worst), four home runs, 59 walks, hit nine batters, and struck 92 out over 108.1 innings.

Raffy Ozuna is tied for eighth in doubles.

Luis Montano is tied for sixth in triples.

Dionis Zamora is tied for fifth in saves and tied for seventh in game finishes.

Up Next (2017 Record)(Vs. Cardinals):

June 19: Angels (7-6)(1-0)
June 20: Nationals (3-9)(1-1)
June 21: @ Nationals
June 22: @ Rockies(6-7)(0-2)
June 23: Rockies
June 24: Yankees (8-5)(2-0)
June 25: Off Day

Past 2017 Notebooks:

June 12, 2017: Roy Garcia, Ivan Herrera, William Jimenez, Luis Montano, and Brian Pirela.

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