The Gulf Coast League Cardinals put together a winning week after alternating wins and losses with a couple of off days sprinkled in. In their three victories, the team put 29 runs on the board. In one of the losses, the Cardinals scored nine runs while managing only two in their final defeat of the week.
Infielder Braulio Hiraldo has been stellar in his first 28 at bats of 2008. The switch-hitter has 15 hits for a line of .536/.594/.679. Outfielder Devin Shepard is hitting .350 over his last five games.
Outfielder Ryde Rodriguez is hitting .368 with four RBIs over his last five games. Outfielder Raniel Rosario has drove in six runs during the last week.
Outfielder Brian Buck will miss the rest of the season due to Tommy John surgery.
With an 8-11 record, the Cardinals are in fourth place in the East Division.
Raniel Rosario is tied for eighth in the league in home runs. Luis Mateo is tied for fifth in the league with his 13 RBIs. With six stolen bases, Ryde Rodriguez is in a tie for eighth.
After ranking 12th in average last week, the Cardinals have used hot hitting to jump up to fourth in the 16th team league. The team moved up to fourth in on base percentage and third in slugging.
The Cardinals are struggling on the bump, ranking 15th in team ERA, strikeouts, and WHIP.
Dustin Mattison can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
© 2008 stlcardinals.scout.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed.