Gulf Coast League Cardinals Report: 07/21/08

The GCL Cardinals' struggles continue, as they ended the week with four straight losses.



The Gulf Coast League Cardinals got only one full game victory, a 3-2 win.  The other victory was completion of a game with the Dodgers from the previous week.  The team dropped its other five games, all by three runs or less and three by just a single tally.  The GCL boys ended the week on a four-game losing streak.


Who's Hot


Converted catcher David Carpenter has hurled two shutout innings while picking his first save. 


Raniel Rosario batted .533 with two doubles and two RBIs. Devin Shepard hit .357 during the week and drew three walks. 


Who's Not


David Medina continues his struggles, hitting only .188 over the past week.  Michael Swinson is hitting only .210 over the last week to drop his average to .259. 


Against the Marlins, Jose Penaloza allowed five runs on five hits without recording an out.  In his last outing, Jose Calero was knocked around for three earned runs on six hits in only 1.2 innings. 


Gulf Coast League


The Cardinals are now 10-15, in fifth place in the East Division.  The Dodgers are in first, seven games up over the Baby Birds. 


The Cardinals are hitting .266 as a team, third in the 16-team league.  The team ranks third in on base percentage, second in slugging, and fourth in runs.  On the pitching side, with a team ERA of 5.19, the team ranks 15th in the league.  They also sit next to last in WHIP, and walks allowed. 


Braulio Hiraldo would rank second in the league in hitting if he had enough at bats to qualify. 


Raniel Rosario ranks fifth in OBP, tied for sixth in home runs, and seventh in the league in slugging. 


Luis Mateo is third in the league with 18 RBIs. 


Ryde Rodriguez' 15 runs batted in is the seventh best mark in the GCL. 


The Cardinals have no one among the league leaders in any of the individual pitching categories.


The Week Ahead


The Cardinals play two against the Mets on Monday, home and away. After a day off on Tuesday, they hit the road to face the Dodgers and Marlins. On Friday, the Nationals invade before they return to the Mets park on Saturday. The league always takes Sundays off.   



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