Gulf Coast League Cardinals Report: 08/10/08

The 15-27 last-place Cardinals continue to struggle in Gulf Coast League action. The highlight of the week was a lone victory coming over the first-place Dodgers.

Recap

 

Another rough week for the boys of the Gulf Coast, as the Cardinals managed only one victory while adding four games to the loss column.  In their four losses, the Cardinals were outscored 20-9.  In their only victory of the week, the team defeated the Dodgers 6-4.  The Cards put up five runs in the eighth with the big blow being a two-run home run off the bat off Rainel Rosario.

 

After logging three saves and posting a 1.04 ERA, David Carpenter was promoted to Johnson City.  Dominican Summer League All-Star starting pitcher Angel Cruz was added to replace him.

 

Who's Hot

 

Outfielder Ryde Rodriguez has collected two hits in five of his last six games.  18-year-old catcher Juan Castillo has raised his average to .292.  Infielder Yunier Castillo is hitting .314 in his last 10 games.

 

In his last start, Chris Notti spun five shutout innings while allowing only three hits.  Miguel Flores threw five scoreless innings in his most recent outing, as well. 

 

Who's Not

 

After a blazing hot start, infielder Braulio Hiraldo is hitting .077 in his last 10 games.  Outfielder Rainel Rosario is really struggling.  Take away the one home run he hit against the Dodgers and he is hitting .067 in his last 10 ball games. 

 

Omar Diaz was knocked around for four runs in 4.1 innings during his last appearance.  Christian Concepcion posted an ERA over 20 and was returned to the Dominican Summer League. 

 

Gulf Coast League

 

With a record of 15-27, the Cardinals stand in fifth place in the GCL East, 10 games behind the front-running Dodgers. 

 

With a .331 average, Rodriguez ranks seventh in the GCL in batting.  Rosario's 28 runs is the third best mark in the league while he is tied for seventh in home runs. Notti is fifth with a WHIP of 1.04. 

 

In the 16-team league, the Cardinals rank 15th in team batting and 13th in on base percentage.  The team's 5.44 ERA ranks dead last in the league. 

 

Up Next

 

The Cardinals have three games on the road and two home games this coming week as they try to salvage a strong ending to what has been a disappointing season.

 

 

Dustin Mattison can be reached via email at dustin@whiteyball.com.

 

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