The boys in the back lots of Roger Dean Stadium lost six in a row before getting a win on Saturday. Anthony Ferrara struck out eight in five innings of work. David Carpenter secured the victory picking up his third save in the process. During the six-game losing streak, the pitching staff yielded 65 runs. It was the team's second losing streak of that length in the month of July.
Outfielder Ryde Rodriguez is hitting .389 in his last 10 games to raise his average to a team-best .327. Outfielder Devin Shepherd is in the midst of a five-game hitting streak and is hitting .350 during the stretch. Catcher Ismael Cardona has seven RBIs in eight games since joining the team.
Former catcher David Carpenter has an ERA of 1.17 and three saves in his first eight appearances as a professional pitcher. Seventh round pick Anthony Ferrara has fanned 24 batters in his 17 innings pitched in his first professional season.
After a red-hot debut, infielder Braulio Hiraldo is hitting only .081 in his last ten games and has seen his average drop to .264. Outfielder Rainel Rosario is hitting only .121 in his last 10 games. Outfielder Michael Swinson has one hit in his last 23 at bats.
Christian Concepcion has been tagged for 13 earned runs in his last two innings covering three appearances. In his July 30 outing, Adam Prange gave up five earned runs while retiring only one batter. Jose Rada was knocked around for five runs in four innings his last time out.
With a record of 13-24, the Cardinals are in last place in the East Division, 9.5 games back.
The Cardinals rank 12th in the 16-team league in batting average, 11th in OBP, and eighth in slugging while sitting fifth in home runs. The team is dead last in team ERA, almost a run worse than the next-ranked team.
The Cardinals will try to right the ship by hosting the Nationals before going on a two-day trip to visit the Mets and the Dodgers.
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