Gulf Coast League Cardinals Report: 07/13/08

The GCL Cardinals put together a 3-2 record over the past week as the team's bats begin to wake up.



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.


Who's Hot


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. 


Chris Notti picked up his first victory with four strong innings in which he struck out five.  Reliever Adam Prange spun two shutout innings in his last two appearances. 


Who's Not


Omar Javier walked three that led to an earned run in his only inning over the last week.  Jose Rada was tagged for three runs on six hits in a two-inning appearance. 


Shortstop Ted Obregon has only four hits in 48 at bats this season.  Outfielder Joe Babrick has 17 strikeouts in his 30 professional at bats.   


Who's Hurting


Outfielder Brian Buck will miss the rest of the season due to Tommy John surgery.


Gulf Coast League


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.



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