Monday, July 31, 2017

Dominican Summer League Cardinals Notebook 7-31-17

The Dominican Summer League Cardinals opened the week extending streak two two games, then lost three consecutive and ended this period with two wins for a 3-3 record.  The Redbirds are 19-28 with a .404 PCT, 15.5 games out of first place, and ten games away from being eliminated from postseason play.  They are 10-13 defending home field and 9-15 on the road.

Week In Review:

July 24, 2017:  The Cardinals opened a two-game set against the Nationals at home.  Jose Moreno started and pitched a career-high five innings allowing two hits, one earned run, four walks, and struck two out to help keep the Redbirds in front.  The Nationals and Cardinals exchanged runs in the middle innings and sent the contest into extras.  Dionis Zamora struck out two over two scoreless innings before the end of regulation.  The Redbirds committed five errors during the contest and that contributed to the extra innings push but still came out on top in the end.  Victor Garcia doubled and drove in one run while Diomedes Del Rio walked three times and knocked in one run.

July 25, 2017: The Cardinals were on the road in the second game against the Nationals.  The Nats busted out the bats early and plated eight runs in the first four innings.  The Redbirds star starting pitcher Enmanuel Solano was knocked out in the fourth inning and bullpen struggled.  The bright spot in the relief corp was Roy Garcia who went two scoreless and struck three out.  William Jimenez doubled and drove in two runs and Freddy DeJesus returned to action to knock in one, as the only runs for the Cardinals.  The Nationals added two more runs later in the came and held on for the 10-3 victory.

July 26, 2017: The Cardinals stayed out on the road for the beginning of a new series against the Rockies.  Wilfredo Pereira cruised through the first three innings and hit bumps in the fourth and fifth.  The Redbirds bats were silent with only seven hits, one extra-base, and Raffy Ozuna drove in the only run.  The Cardinals final two relievers, Rodard Avelino and Jesus Cruz, combined for two scoreless innings and struck two out in the loss.

July 27, 2017:  The Cardinals hosted the Rockies in the second game of the series.  Diego Cordero started and coasted through four innings without a run, as did the Rockies starter.  The Rockies fired the bats up in the fifth and plated five runs.  Francisco Hernandez scored the only two runs for the Cardinals, on solo home runs in the fifth and eighth innings.  Allinson Benitez, recently moved to bullpen, hurled two scoreless and Anthony Trompiz and Hector Soto pitched one scoreless inning each.

July 28, 2017:  The Cardinals welcomed in the Yankees for the final two-game series of this week.  Francis Ventura pitched six innings and allowed two hits, one earned run, one walk, and struck two out for the Redbirds to open.  The Cardinals held a 2-1 lead heading into the sixth as Freddy DeJesus and Francisco Hernandez (third in two games) each hit solo homer runs and Diomedes Del Rio followed with an RBI single.  The Redbirds bullpen hit a few bumps in the late innings but held on for the 5-4 victory and ended their losing streak at three games.

July 29, 2017: The Cardinals visited the Yankees in the second game of the series and final for this period.  Dionis Zamora received the spot start and pitched three innings, allowing only one run.  The story was all about the offense.  The bats exploded for 15 runs in seven innings, not scoring in the first or ninth.  Victor Garcia singled in one run and hit a grand slam, Luis Montano hit a two-run homer, and Pablo Gomez added two singles, one double, and two RBIs.  Oneiver Diaz picked up the win with three innings and only one earned run.

Who's Hot:

Pablo Gomez will look to extended his seven-game on base streak which includes a four-game hit streak.  The 17-year old right-handed hitter went 7-for-17 (.412) with two doubles, two two-out RBIs, three runs, one walk, one sacrifice, and one strikeout.  He played two games at second base, one at third base, and one at both positions (one throwing error).  The September 15, 2016 free agent signing is tied for the team lead in hits.

Diomedes Del Rio, like Gomez, has a seven-game on base and four-game hit streak.  The 19-year old right-handed hitter went 6-for-16 (.375) with one double, three RBIs (two-w/two-outs), three runs, three walks, one hit by pitch, one sac fly, two stolen bases, two strikeouts, and grounded into one double play.  He played four games in centerfield and one in left.

Victor Garcia had the best week of his career.  The 17-year old right-handed hitter went 4-for-14 (.235) with one double, one home run, six RBIs (one w/two-outs), one run, and two strikeouts.  He played three games as designated hitter and one in right field.

Francis Ventura bounced back after two shaky starts.  The 18-year old right-hander started on July 28th and pitched a career-high six innings, allowing two hits, one earned run, one walk, and struck two out for the winning decision (2-2).  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 7-to-5.  The August 3, 2015 free agent signing has given up only one run in three of nine starts this season.

Jose Moreno tossed one of his best starts of his career this period.  The 16-year old right-hander started on July 24th and gave up two hits, one earned run, four walks, and struck two out over a career-high five innings.  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 4-to-2.  The February 3, 2017 free agent signing has given up only one run or less in four of eight appearances this season.

Who's Not:

William Jimenez has not connected for a hit in his last two games.  The 21-year old right-handed hitter went 2-for-16 (.125) with one double, two RBIs, two runs, two walks, and five strikeouts.  He played four games in right field and committed two throwing errors and had one outfield assist.  The December 1, 2015 free agent signing leads the team in total bases and stolen bases.

Erik Pena has reached base safely in five consecutive games but has only picked up three hits.  The 17-year old switch-hitter went 1-for-7 (.143) with one run, one run, one hit by pitch, and two strikeouts.  He played two games at second base (assisted in one double play and one throwing error) and one as designated hitter.

Wilman Madera has given up at least one run in his last five of seven appearances.  The 18-year old right-hander was called from the bullpen on July 25th and lasted only batters where he gave up three hits, one earned run, threw one wild pitch, and struck one out.  Then on July 28th, he faced only two batters and allowed one hit, no runs, and one walk.  He also let one inherited runner to score.

Cristoffer Zapata has give up at least one run in his last three relief appearances.  The 18-year old left-hander came from the bullpen on July 24th and allowed one hit, two runs (one earned), two walks, and threw one wild pitch after facing five batters.  On July 29th, he again faced only five batters and gave up one hit, two earned runs, and three walks.  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 3-to-0.  The September 6, 2016 free agent signing has walked (15) more batters than hits allowed (14) this season.

Nelson Prada, like Madera and Zapata, couldn't complete one inning of relief.  The 17-year old left-hander pitched on July 25th and allowed one hit, two earned runs, one walk, and threw one wild pitch after facing five batters.  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 0-to-1 and let two inherited runners score.


Cristhian Longa has played since July 24th and Joyser Garcia and Carlos Soler only played in two games.

Freddy DeJesus returned to action missing two weeks of action.  The 17-year old right-handed hitter went 6-for-21 (.286) with two doubles, one home run, three RBIs, four runs, one walk, and eight strikeouts.

Leonardo Taveras returned after missing almost two weeks.  The 18-year old right-hander pitched on July 25th and allowed two hits, two runs (one earned), four walks, and struck one out over one and two-thirds innings.

Raffy Ozuna currently has the longest on-base streak on the team at 12 games and Ivan Herrera follows with ten consecutive.

CBA targets international signing violations: Baseball America

Dominican Summer League Stats:

The club is hitting .249 (t-9th, 387-for-1554) with 74 doubles (t-6th), 12 triples (t-8th worst), 19 home runs (5th), 186 RBIs, 542 total bases (10th), 229 runs, 196 walks, 36 stolen bases (t-3rd worst), 434 strikeouts (worst), 30 caught stealing, .343 OBP (13th), .349 SLG (11th), .692 OPS (t-8th).

The team has a 19-28 record with 4.67 ERA (4th worst), 1.54 WHIP (4th worst), eight holds, and nine saves (7th worst).  They have allowed 424 hits (3rd worst), 256 runs, 212 earned runs (4th worst), ten home runs, 204 walks, hit 36 batters, and struck 324 out (tenth worst) over 408.2 innings.

Freddy DeJesus is tied for tenth in home runs.

Raffy Ozuna is seventh in walks and fourth in strikeouts.

Wilfredo Pereira is tied for third in losses.

Dionis Zamora is tied for tenth in saves.

Diego Cordero is fourth in hits allowed.

Up Next (2017 Record, Vs. Cardinals):

July 31: @ Mets One (32-16)(6-0)
August 1: Mets One
August 2: Phillies Red (22-26)(2-4)
August 3: @ Phillies Red
August 4: Twins (35-13)(5-1)
August 5: @ Twins
August 6: Day Off

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.
July 24, 2017: Ivan Herrera, Raffy Ozuna, Enmanuel Solano, Franklin Soto, Anthony Trompiz, and Dionis Zamora.

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