Monday, August 7, 2017

Dominican Summer League Cardinals Notebook 8-7-17

The Dominican Summer League Cardinals opened the schedule extending their winning streak to three games, lost one, won two, and lost the final two of the week for a 4-3 record.  The Redbirds are 23-31 on the season with a .426 PCT, 16 games out of first place, and three games from being eliminated from postseason play.  They are 11-15 defending home field and 12-16 on the road.

Week In Review:

July 31, 2017: The Cardinals visits the Mets One in the beginning of a two-game series to open the week.  Jose Moreno gave up two runs in the first inning and settled to throw five scoreless after.  The Redbirds offense lit up in the third and scored one run in each of the four following innings for a 4-2 lead.  The Mets took advantage of errors and jumped back in front in the seventh with three runs.  William Jimenez came in as a pinch hitter and tripled in two runs to take the lead back and Jesus Cruz pitched two scoreless to help the Cardinals win.

August 1, 2017: The Cardinals hosted the Mets One in the second and final game of the series.  Enmanuel Solano bounced back from a previous struggling start to go five scoreless innings and strike out four.  Roy Garcia, Oneiver Diaz, and Dionis Zamora combined to toss four scoreless innings to close out the Redbirds first shutout of the season.  William Jimenez produced the only two runs for the Cardinals one a triple in the sixth inning.

August 2, 2017 (game one):  The Cardinals faced the Phillies Red for a doubleheader with the first at home.  The Phillies opened the game with a run and the Redbirds countered with five runs in the second, which included a three-run triple by Luis Montano and then scoring on a passed ball.  The Phillies answered back and opened up on the Cardinals bullpen, scoring seven runs in the final three frames.  The Redbirds only plated one more in the loss.

August 2, 2017 (game two):  The Cardinals visited the Phillies Red in the second game of the doubleheader.  Diego Cordero tossed his career-best game going six scoreless and striking out five.  The Redbirds offense plated four in the third and two more in the fifth was lead by William Jimenez who contributed two doubles and two RBIs.  Nelson Prada pitched one scoreless inning in the seventh and the Cardinals earned their second shutout of the season.

August 3, 2017:  The Cardinals looking to take the rubber game, stayed out on the road to face the Phillies Red.  Hector Soto started and Jose Geronimo followed, both combining for six strikeouts over six scoreless innings.  Carlos Soler collected two singles, one triple, and two RBIs and Ivan Herrera had one single, two walks, and two RBIs to help lead the Redbird charge.  Raffy Ozuna capped things off with a solo home run in the seventh and Larimel Soriano pitches one and two-thirds scoreless innings  before the contest was called and Cardinals third shutout of the season.

August 4, 2017:  The Cardinals welcomed in the Twins for the first game of the final series for the week.  Francis Ventura struggled and gave up five runs over five innings to open.  The Twins continued and attacked the Redbirds bullpen with another four runs.  The Cardinals offense came to life in the fourth with two runs and exploded with five in the sixth and two in the seventh.  In extras, the Redbirds couldn't hold on and were outscored three runs to one.  Erik Pena led the offense with a double and three RBIs.

August 5, 2017: The Cardinals finished off this period with a game on the road against the Twins.  Oneiver Diaz received the spot start and struggled, along with the defense, as he allowed five runs over two innings.  Dionis Zamora stopped the bleeding as he went three innings and only gave up one run.  The Redbirds offense didn't show up either as they connected for three hits and one run (Francisco Hernandez sac fly).  Roy Garcia and Nelson Prada combined for two scoreless innings as the game was called after seven innings in favor of the Twins.

Who's Hot:

Ivan Herrera will look to build on a 15-game on-base streak which includes a six-game hitting streak.  The 17-year old right-handed hitter went 6-for-19 (.316) with three doubles, four RBIs, one run, three walks, two hit by pitches, three strikeouts, one caught stealing, and grounded into one double play.  He played five games at catcher where he threw out two of 11 base runners and committed one pickoff error.  The July 7, 2016 free agent signing leads the team in doubles, OBP, AVG, and OBP.

William Jimenez currently has a five-game hitting streak.  The 21-year old right-handed hitter went 6-for-16 (.375) with two doubles, two triples, six RBIs (four w/two-outs), two runs, one hit by pitch, and three strikeouts.  He played four games in right field and one in left.  The December 1, 2015 free agent signing leads the team in triples, RBIs, total bases, stolen bases, and SLG.

Diego Cordero bounced back from a couple rough outings to have his best start of his career.  The 19-year old left-hander started on August 2nd and tossed six scoreless innings, allowing four hits, one walk, and struck five out for the winning decision (2-4).  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 6-to-2.  The July 28, 2014 free agent signing leads the team in strikeouts.

Enmanuel Solano rebounded from his worst start of the season.  The 18-year old right-hander started on August 1st and pitched five scoreless innings allowing three hits and struck four out.  He had a grounded out-to-fly out ratio of 10-to-1.  The July 2, 2016 free agent signing currently leads the starting rotation with a 3.11 ERA and 0.85 WHIP.

Jose Geronimo logged a career-high in innings and strikeouts this past week.  The 19-year old right-hander was called on for relief on August 3rd and pitched three innings, allowing no hits or runs, one walk, and struck four out for the winning decision (1-2).  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 3-to-0.  The May 29, 2015 free agent signing was struggling to get through just one inning, only doing so in his previous one of five appearances.

Who's Not:

Diomedes Del Rio will look to end his three-game hitting streak in the new period.  The 19-year old right-hander went 0-for-10 (.000) with one run, one sacrifice, three strikeouts, and grounded into one double play.  He played three games in centerfield.

Allinson Benitez continues to slide downward as the season progresses.  The 17-year old was called on for relief on August 2nd and gave up one hit, four earned runs, three walks, threw one wild pitch, and struck one out after facing just six batters for the losing decision (0-2).  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 1-to-0.  The July 2, 2016 free agent signing was pulled from the rotation after posting an 0-1 record, 6.88 ERA, 25 strikeouts, and and 11 walks over 17 innings.

Oneiver Diaz worked his way back into a spot start but that went sour.  The 20-year old right-hander pitched one inning of relief on August 1st and allowed no hits or runs, hit one batter, and struck two out for the hold (2).  He then received the start on August 5th and coughed up five hits and five runs (three earned) in only two innings for the losing decision (1-2).  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 7-to-0 and held one inherited runner on base.

Rodard Avelino had his scoreless streak snapped at three games.  The 18-year old right-hander pitched one and a third innings on August 2nd and allowed three hits, two earned runs, one walk, threw two wild pitches, and struck two out.  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 2-to-0 and let one inherited runner score.  The July 2, 2016 free agent signing had lasted 4.1 innings of relief without allowing a run, before the this recent appearance.

Cristoffer Zapata have give up one or more runs in four consecutive appearances.  The 18-year old left-hander was called from the bullpen on August 4th and pitched one and a third innings allowing no hits, two earned runs, two walks, and threw two wild pitches.  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 1-to-0 and held one inherited runner on base.  The September 6, 2015 free agent signing has given up five hits, seven runs (six earned), and eight walks over two innings since his scoreless streak ended.


Cristhian Longa has been out of action since July 24th and Joyser Garcia and Victor Garcia only played in two games during this period.

Carlos Soler returned to action after missing over a week.  The 17-year old left-hander went 6-for-16 (.375) with one double, one triple, four RBIs, three runs, one walk, one hit by pitch, one stolen base, and three strikeouts, while playing all four games in centerfield.

Raffy Ozuna had his on-base streak snapped at 13 games and Pablo Gomez at ten.

It took almost the entire season, but the Cardinals were able to finally shut out a club and did so three times this last week.

Dominican Summer League Stats:

The team is batting .251 (11th, 446-for-1780) with 86 doubles (5th), 16 triples, 21 home runs (t-4th), 216 RBIs (10th), 627 total bases (8th), 266 runs, 214 walks, 38 stolen bases (3rd worst), 480 strikeouts (worst), 31 caught stealing, .342 OBP (t-14th), .352 SLG (10th), and .694 OPS (8th).

The club is 23-31 with a 4.55 ERA (37th), 1.50 WHIP (t-36th), three shutouts, nine holds, and ten saves.  They have allowed 476 hits (t-3rd worst), 288 runs, 235 earned runs (t-6th worst), 11 home runs, 223 walks, hit 40 batters, and struck 390 out over 465.1 innings.

Ivan Herrera is tied for seventh in doubles.

Freddy DeJesus is tied for eighth in home runs.

Raffy Ozuna is tied for tenth in walks and third in strikeouts.

Wilfredo Pereira is tied for third in losses.

Dionis Zamora is tied for ninth in saves.

Diego Cordero is tied for sixth in hits allowed.

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

August 7: @ Angles (24-27)(2-3)
August 8: Angels
August 9: Nationals (21-33)(3-5)
August 10: @ Nationals
August 11: @ Rockies (26-27)(6-2)
August 12: Rockies
August 13: Off Day

Past 2017 Notebooks:

June 12: Roy Garcia, Ivan Herrera, William Jimenez, Luis Montano, and Brian Pirela.
June 19: Cristhian Longa, Jose Moreno, Raffy Ozuna, Erik Pena, and Hector Soto.
June 26: Oneiver Diaz, Jose Geronimo, William Jimenez, Cristhian Longa, and Cristoffer Zapata.
July 3: Diego Cordero, Freddy DeJesus, Pablo Gomez, William Jimenez, Cristhian Longa, Wilfredo Pereira, Enmanuel Solano, Franklin Soto, Hector Soto, and Francis Ventura.
July 10: Freddy DeJesus, Pablo Gomez, Ivan Herrera, Erik Pena, and Cristoffer Zapata.
July 17 (All-Star Edition): William Jimenez, Cristhian Longa, Wilfredo Pereira, Enmanuel Solano, and Dionis Zamora.
July 24: Ivan Herrera, Raffy Ozuna, Enmanuel Solano, Franklin Soto, Anthony Trompiz, and Dionis Zamora.
July 31: Diomedes Del Rio, Victor Garcia, Pablo Gomez, Jose Moreno, and Francis Ventura.

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