Monday, June 26, 2017

Dominican Summer League Cardinals Notebook 6-26-17

The Dominican Summer League Cardinals began the week extending their losing streak to two games then won one and lost three consecutive with the finale a winner, going 2-4 this past week.  The Redbirds have 7-11 record with .389 PCT and are six and a half games out of first place in the South Division.  They are 5-4 at home and 2-7 on the road.

Week In Review:

June 19, 2017: The Cardinals hosted the Angels in the finale game of the two-game series.  The Redbirds pitching was strong in the beginning with Allinson Benitez striking out eight over five scoreless innings and Hector Mendoza followed with six strikeouts over three scoreless.  The Cardinals offense collected hits but only managed one run the entire game.  Carlos Soler, Pablo Gomez, Cristhian Longa, and Erik Pena each connected for two hits.  In the final frame the Halo lit up the Redbirds' bullpen for five runs and took the contest.

June 20, 2017: The Cardinals welcomed in the Nationals for the start of another two-game series.  Both teams kept each other off the scoreboard for the first three frames.  The Redbirds took advantage of walks and scored three runs in the fourth.  Cardinals' starter Jose Moreno went into the fifth before giving up a run.  Oneiver Diaz tossed two scoreless innings at the end to help the Redbirds win.  Raffy Ozuna, Ivan Herrera, and Freddy DeJesus each drove in one run of the four scored by the club.

June 21, 2017:  The Cardinals went on the road in the second game of the series against the Nationals.  The Redbirds struggled at the plate and didn't get on the board until the fifth inning.  Alexander Samuel lead the offense with one single and one RBI with Pablo Gomez picking up two singles and one walk.  The Nats plated runs in the first, third, and fifth and rain shorted the game and chances of a Cardinals comeback.

June 22, 2017: The Cardinals stayed on the road and visits the Rockies in the next series.  The Redbird offense, again, was slow out of the gate and didn't score their first run until the fifth inning.  Diego Cordero started for the Cardinals and struck out five but also gave up three runs over five innings.  The Rockies plated a couple more runs on the Cardinals bullpen to hold the lead.  Victor Garcia singles twice, walked, and drove in one run while Yowelfy Rosario also added a RBI.  Jose Geronimo struck out two of three batters faced in the final frame but the offense came up two runs short in the loss.

June 23, 2017: The Cardinals looked to end their losing streak at home against the Rockies.  The Redbirds first two pitchers of the game stumbled and gave up seven hits, three runs, three walks, and only struck out two over the first five frames.  The Cardinals received a little offense with William Jimenez connecting for a single, double, walking once, and driving in one run and Luis Montano also knocking in a run.  The Redbirds final three relievers, of the game, tossed four scoreless innings but it wasn't enough with the Rockies jumping out in front early on.

June 24, 2017: The Cardinals hosted the Yankees in the final contest of the week.  The Yankees jumped out in front early with three runs in the first.  The Redbirds stayed within reach scoring two in the fourth but fell further behind when they gave up two runs in the fifth and two more in the seventh.  The Cardinals tied it up with three in the seventh and two more in the eighth.  The game went into extras with the Redbirds pulling it off in the tenth inning,  Cristoffer Zapata and Dionis Zamora halted the Yankees scoring by tossing three and two-thirds scoreless innings at the end.  Raffy Ozuna lead the offense with one single, one walk, and a two-run homer and Cristhian Longa added two RBIs.

Who's Hot:

Cristhian Longa extended his on base streak to eight games which includes a seven-game hitting streak.  The 17-year old right-handed hitter went 5-for-16 (.313) with three RBIs (one w/two-outs), two runs, one walk, and four strikeouts.  He played three games at first base and one as catcher (threw out three base runners).

William Jimenez currently has a two-game hitting streak to extend in the next week.  The 21-year old right-handed hitter went 3-for-8 (.375) with two doubles, one two-out RBI, one run, three walks, one stolen base, three strikeouts, and one caught stealing.  He played one game in left field, one split between left and right field (committed one throwing error), and two as designated hitter.  The December 1, 2015 free agent signing leads the team in hits, stolen bases, OBP, SLG, and AVG.

Oneiver Diaz has thrown five scoreless innings to open the season.  The 20-year old right-hander earned his first career save on June 20th when he tossed two scoreless innings allowing one hit, threw one wild pitch, and struck two out.  He then pitched another two scoreless innings on June 23th, giving up one hit and struck one out.  The November 5, 2013 free agent signing had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 6-to-2.

Cristoffer Zapata has also kept runners from touching home plate this season, now at four and two-thirds innings.  The 18-year old left-hander was called on for relief on June 24th and pitched one and two-third innings allowing three hits, no runs, threw one wild pitch, and struck two out.  The September 6, 2016 free agent signing had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 2-to-0 and held one inherited runner on base.

Jose Geronimo will look to extend his scoreless streak, which sits at four and a third innings.  The 19-year old right-hander pitched in relief on June 22nd where he struck out two of three batters faced.  The May 29, 2016 free agent signing has struck out five and walked three this season

Who's Not:

Luis Montano began the week with a four-game hitless streak, which he snapped in the second to last game of this period, and has struck out once or more in seven consecutive games.  The 17-year old left-handed hitter went 2-for-21 (.095) with one two-out RBI, two runs, one walk, and nine strikeouts.  He played four games in right field and one as designated hitter.

Erik Pena ended this past week on a four-game hitless streak.  The 17-year old switch-hitter went 3-for-17 (.176) with one double, two runs, two walks, and four strikeouts.  He played five games at second base (assisted in one double play) and entered one game as a pinch runner.

Yowelfy Rosario will look to snap his two-game hitless streak in the next period.  The 17-year old right-handed hitter went 1-for-12 (.083) with one RBI, one run, one walk, and one strikeout.  He played three games at third base.

Francis Ventura has given up three or more runs in his four starts this season.  The 17-year old right-hander started on June 23rd and allowed six hits, three earned runs, one walk, and struck two out over three innings for the losing decision.  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 3-to-4.  The August 3, 2015 free agent signing has struck out 13 and walked six over 14.2 innings this year.

Anthony Trompiz gave up two home runs, for the team lead, in his last relief appearance.  The 19-year old right-hander retired one batter on June 19th and held two inherited runners on base.  Then on June 24th, he gave up two hits, two earned runs (home runs), two walks, and struck three out over over one and a third innings of relief.  The July 2, 2015 free agent signing had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 2-to-0

Nelson Prada has been out of action since June 7th, Franklin Soto and Rodard Avelino since June 13th, and Brian Pirela since June 16th.  Joyser Garcia only played in two games.

Alexander Samuel made his debut and played in three games during this period.  The July 2, 2016 free agent signing went 1-for-10 (.100) with one RBI, seven strikeouts, and was picked off.

Enmanuel Solano returned to action on June 20th, after missing 11 days.  He pitched two and third relief innings allowing two hits, two earned runs, one walk, hit one batter, and struck one out.  The July2, 2016 free agent signing had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 4-to-0 and held one inherited runner on base.

Dominican Summer League Stats:

The club is hitting .220 (31st, 129-for-587) with 22 doubles, five triples, three home runs (t-7th worst), 57 RBIs (t-5th worst), 170 total bases (5th worst), 76 runs (t-7th worst), 76 walks, 13 stolen bases (4th worst), 178 strikeouts (2nd worst), seven caught stealing (t-3rd worst), .317 OBP (t-35th), .290 SLG (36th), and .606 OPS (35th).

The team has a 7-11 record with 4.95 ERA (38th), 1.58 WHIP (t-36th), two holds (t-8th worst), and three saves(t-9th worst).  They have allowed 169 hits (3rd worst), 107 runs, 87 earned runs (3rd worst), seven home runs (t-8th worst), 81 walks, hit 12 batters, and struck 143 out over 158.1 innings.

Wilfredo Pereira is tied for second in losses.

Diego Cordero is ninth in hits allowed.

Anthony Trompiz is tied for seventh in home runs allowed

Allinson Benitez is tied for sixth in strikeouts

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

June 26: @ Yankees (10-9)(2-1)
June 27: @ Mets One (10-9)(2-0)
June 28: Mets One
June 29: @ Phillies Red (8-10)(1-1)
June 30: Phillies Red
July 1: Twins (13-4)(1-0)

Past 2017 Notebooks:

June 12, 2017: Roy Garcia, Ivan Herrera, William Jimenez, Luis Montano, and Brian Pirela.
June 19, 2017: Cristhian Longa, Jose Moreno, Raffy Ozuna, Erik Pena, and Hector Soto.

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