Monday, July 24, 2017
Dominican Summer League Cardinals Notebook 7-24-17
The Dominican Summer League Cardinals opened the week extending their losing streak to three games, then winning one, followed by three more losses, and ending the week on a win for a 2-4 record. The Redbirds are 16-25 with a .390 PCT, 13.5 games out of first place in the South Division, and are 18 games away from being eliminated from postseason play. The club is 8-12 at home and 8-13 on the road.
Week In Review:
July 17, 2017: First game back from the All-Star break, the Cardinals hosted the Phillies Red. Both teams starters put zeroes on the scoreboard for the first four frames. The Phillies Red were the first to score with two runs in the fifth and added five in the eighth for a 7-0 lead. The Redbirds attempted a comeback plating one in the eighth and four in the ninth but still came up short in the loss. Ivan Herrera, fresh off his All-Star appearance, lead the offense with a double and three RBIs.
July 18, 2017: In the second game of the series, the Cardinals headed out on the road against the Phillies Red. Enmanuel Solano continued his strong showing since entering the rotation and pitched into the seventh. He allowed one hit, two earned runs, and one walk over six and a third. The offense was hopping as they cranked out 18 hits and drove in 12 runs. Ivan Herrera connected for three singles and knocked in two runs and Alexander Samuel contributed two singles, one triple, and two RBIs. Roy Garcia and Anthony Trompiz closed out the game ton combine for two and two-thirds scoreless innings in the win.
July 19, 2017 (game one): The Cardinals welcomed in the Twins for the first game of a doubleheader. The Twins offense pounded on the Redbirds first two pitchers for eight hits and seven runs. Cristhian Longa drove in the only two runs for the Cardinals, on a double in the fifth inning. Jose Geronimo stopped the bleeding by pitching the two final innings without giving up a run.
July 19, 2017 (game two): The Cardinals defended home territory in the second game of the doubleheader against the Twins. Both teams were scoreless through the third before the Twins opened the contest up with three runs. The Redbirds finally reached home plate with RBIs by William Jimenez and Victor Garcia. Jesus Cruz and Wilman Madera combined to strikeout ten over the final three hitless/scoreless innings in the loss.
July 20, 2017: The Cardinals looked to avoid the three-game sweep, on the road, against the Twins. The Redbirds scored first but the Twins plated two in the bottom half of the first. The Cardinals tied it up in the second but went silent for a good portion of the contest. The Twins tacked on another run in the fifth. Diego Cordero hurled six innings allowing ten hits, three earned runs, and struck out a season-high six. Dionis Zamora followed with four strikeouts over three scoreless innings. The Redbirds tied the game up in the eighth and went into extras. In the tenth, the Cardinals scored one but could not hold on as they coughed up two in the bottom half for the defeat. Ivan Herrera connected for three singles and two RBIs.
July 21, 2017: The Cardinals, limping after a three-game sweep, stayed out on the road to face the Angels. The Halos scored in the first two frames for a 2-0 early lead. The Redbirds were silent until the fourth when they scored in each of the middle innings. Raffy Ozuna lead the way with two singles, one double, one home run, and five RBIs (three-run shot in the fifth). Anthony Trompiz came on in relief and tossed four and two-thirds scoreless innings, striking out five and holding two inherited runners on base for the winning decision.
July 22, 2017: The final game of this period was postponed due to rain and was scheduled for Angels @ Cardinals. Doubleheader is set for August 7, 2017.
Ivan Herrera has a six-game hit streak to build on and collects three multi-RBI games. The 17-year old right-handed hitter went 9-for-21 (.429) with two doubles, seven RBIs (three w/two-outs), two runs, three walks, one hit by pitch, two strikeouts, and grounded into one double play. He played six games at catcher and threw out three of eight base runners. The July 7, 2016 free agent signing leads the team in doubles, SLG, AVG, and tied in RBIs.
Franklin Soto has a five-game hit streak to extend in the next period. The 17-year old right-handed hitter went 12-for-24 (.500) with one double, three RBIs, six runs, two walks, one hit by pitch, one sacrifice, and four strikeouts. He played four games at second base (assisted in two double plays) and two at shortstop.
Raffy Ozuna will look to extend his eight-game on base streak and four-game hit streak in the next week. The 18-year old right-handed hitter went 10-for-18 (.556) with one double, one home run, six RBIs (one w/two-outs), three runs, four walks, four strikeouts, one caught stealing/pickoff, and grounded into one double play. He played four games at shortstop (assisted in two double plays) and one as designated hitter. The July 2, 2016 free agent signing leads the team in runs scored, walks, strikeouts, errors, and is tied in RBIs.
Enmanuel Solano has logged five or more innings in each of his four starts and only allowed runs in two. The 18-year old right-hander started on July 18th and allowed one hit, two earned runs, one walk, hit one batter, and struck two out over six and a third innings for the winning decision (3-0). He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 11-to-3. Since entering the rotation, the July 2, 2016 free agent signing has pitched 23.1 innings and given up 12 hits, five earned runs, two walks, hit two batters, and struck out 15.
Dionis Zamora extended his scoreless streak to nine relief appearances, spanning 15 innings. The 20-year old right-hander pitched a career-high three innings on July 20th and allowed no hits or runs, two walks, and struck out a career-high four. He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 1-to-2.
Anthony Trompiz pitched two scoreless relief outings this period. The 19-year old right-hander was called on from the bullpen on July 18th and tossed one hitless/scoreless inning. Then on July 21st, he pitched a career-high 2.2 innings allowing two hits, no runs, one walk, hit one batter, and struck two out for the winning decision (2-0). He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 5-to-2 and held two inherited runners on base.
Diomedes Del Rio will look to end his four-game hitless streak in the next week. The 19-year old right-handed hitter went 0-for-6 (.000) with three runs, one walk, one hit by pitch, and four strikeouts. He played two games as designated hitter, one in centerfield, and one in left.
Oneiver Diaz has given up one or more runs in three of his last relief appearances. The 20-year old right-hander pitched one and a third innings allowing three hits, four earned runs, two walks, threw one wild pitch, and struck two out on July 17th. He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 2-to-0. The November 5, 2013 free agent signing hasn't faired very well since returning from injury as he has pitched 11.2 innings and given up nine hits, six earned runs, walked seven, and struck out six.
Allinson Benitez has only lasted longer than three innings in two of his six starts this season. The 17-year old right-hander started on July 19th and gave up three hits, three earned runs, two walks, threw one wild pitch, and struck one out over one and a third innings. He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 2-to-2. The July 2, 2016 free agent signing has logged 17 innings this season and allowed 20 hits, 13 earned runs, 11 walks, and struck out 25.
Larimel Soriano has allowed at least one run in his last three appearances. The 17-year old right-hander pitched a career-high three and a third innings on July 19th but coughed up five hits, four earned runs, one walk, hit two batters, and struck out a career-high three. He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 1-to-0 and held two inherited runners on base.
Freddy DeJesus has been out of action since July 10th and Leonardo Taveras since July 12th. Erik Pena played in one game on July 17th and Joyser Garcia on July 19th. Alexander Samuel and Luis Montano played in only two games during this period.
Victor Garcia returned to action after missing nearly a month. The 17-year old right-handed hitter went 0-for-8 (.000) with one RBI, one run, three walks, one sac fly, two strikeouts, and grounded into one double play.
The St. Louis Cardinals added 22-year old Mexican right-handed pitcher Jesus Cruz the DSL roster, who began the season with Monterrey in the Mexican League. He debuted on July 19th and pitched two hitless/scoreless innings, walking one and striking out five.
Dominican Summer League Stats:
The team is hitting .251 (t-10th, 340-for-1352) with 64 doubles (7th), 12 triples, 13 home runs (t-9th), 160 RBIs, 467 total bases, 197 runs, 172 walks, 33 stolen bases (4th worst), 386 strikeouts (worst), 28 caught stealing, .347 OBP (t-11th), .345 SLG (t-10th), .692 OPS (9th).
The club is 16-25 with a 4.76 ERA (38th), 1.55 WHIP (t-37th), six holds, and eight saves (10th worst). They have allowed 380 hits (3rd worst), 223 runs, 188 earned runs (4th worst), ten home runs, 172 walks, hit 29 batters (8th best), and struck 290 out over 355.2 innings.
Raffy Ozuna is tied for eighth in walks and fourth in strikeouts.
Carlos Soler is tied for ninth in caught stealing.
Wilfredo Pereira is tied for fourth in losses.
Dionis Zamora is tied for sixth in saves and tied for ninth in game finishes.
Diego Cordero is fourth in hits allowed.
Up Next (2017 Record, Record Vs. Cardinals):
July 24: Nationals (16-26)(2-4)
July 25: @ Nationals
July 26: @ Rockies (21-21)(4-2)
July 27: Rockies
July 28: Yankees (18-24)(2-4)
July 29: @ Yankees
July 30: Off Day
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.
June 26, 2017: Oneiver Diaz, Jose Geronimo, William Jimenez, Cristhian Longa, and Cristoffer Zapata.
July 3, 2017: Diego Cordero, Freddy DeJesus, Pablo Gomez, William Jimenez, Cristhian Longa, Wilfredo Pereira, Enmanuel Solano, Franklin Soto, Hector Soto, and Francis Ventura.
July 10, 2017: Freddy DeJesus, Pablo Gomez, Ivan Herrera, Erik Pena, and Cristoffer Zapata.
July 17, 2017 (All-Star Edition): William Jimenez, Cristhian Longa, Wilfredo Pereira, Enmanuel Solano, and Dionis Zamora.