Though a development league with little emphasis on wins and losses, the Gulf Coast League Cardinals were able to close out the first week of their season with a record of 3-3.
The team got off on the wrong track dropping its season opener to the Nationals, 4-2. The next day the team rebounded to overtake the Mets, 7-3. Luis Pimentel led the offense with three hits while catcher Kevin Moscatel chipped in three RBIs.
The Cardinals dropped the next two contests, a 2-0 shutout at the hands of the Astros and then an 8-4 doubling up by the Marlins.
The Cards got back on the winning track with a victory over the Nationals. The GCL boys scored two runs in the bottom on a two-run error off the bat of Pimentel. During the contest, former bonus baby Roberto De La Cruz committed three errors.
The Cardinals salvaged the .500 week with a 3-2 victory over the Mets. The Cards overcame three errors including Roberto De La Cruz' fourth of the season, and put up two runs in the top of the ninth.
Pimentel is hitting .333 and had a home run and three RBIs during the first week of the season.
Jose Avendano is third in the league with 12 strikeouts and still has not allowed a run in nine innings.
Josh Lucas has struck out six batters in five shutout innings.
Third round pick Sam Tuivailala would probably rather forget his first week of professional baseball. In 15 at bats, he has managed only one hit and has struck out six times. On the positive side, he has drawn four walks.
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