GCL Cardinals Notebook: 2010 Week 2

Starlin Rodriguez is providing a spark at the top of the Gulf Coast League Cardinals lineup.

This report covers the period from Tuesday, June 29 through Monday, July 5.

It was a wet week for the Gulf Coast League Cardinals. Of the team's six scheduled games, only three were not lost due to the weather.

The Cardinals did post two victories with only one defeat including tallying 10 runs in both of its victories. The first win came against the Astros when the team posted a 10-4 edge. Second baseman Starlin Rodriguez led the offense with three hits, three RBIs, and two runs scored. Always a threat on the bases, he also swiped his third base of the young season. Shortstop Hildemaro Vargas added two hits, two runs batted in, and scored three runs.

The next day, the Cardinals lost 5-1 to their Roger Dean roommates, the Marlins. Amaury Castillo was tagged with the loss after getting knocked around for three runs in only one inning of work.

The next two games were lost to the rain but the team was back in action on Independence Day. Rodriguez led the troops to a 10-4 victory from his leadoff spot. The 20-year-old was a home run short of the cycle and once again drove in three runs. Luis Pimentel aided in the victory with three RBIs of his own.

The team's July 5 game was lost to the weather as well.

Who's Hot

Though he is rehabbing, Mark Hamilton is hitting .417/.462/1.000 in 12 at bats as he looks to regain his stroke. The first baseman also has two home runs to his credit.

Pimentel is hitting .313/.343/.469 with a home run and seven RBIs in nine games. In only one contest has he failed to get a hit.

Working out of the bullpen, Manuel De La Cruz has eight strikeouts in 5.1 innings. The lefty has picked up two victories and has yet to allow a run in five appearances.

Who's Not

Amaury Castillo has more walks than strikeouts, 9-to-6, and has a 9.53 ERA in four appearances this season.

Anthony Fonseca has struck out 11 times in 26 at bats. This season, the outfielder is hitting .154/.193/.303.

Around the League

The Cardinals are now 5-4 and sit in third place in the GCL East. The team is one game behind the GCL Marlins.

Javier Avendano is atop of the GCL leader board with a perfect ERA in his nine innings of work. Teammate Michael Santana ranks ninth with a mark of 1.13.

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