The Gulf Coast League Cardinals got off to a hot start this week before ending the week on a down note.
The Cardinals started the week with one of its most consistent performers picking up the win. Manuel De La Cruz picked up his fourth victory of the season after being charged with his second blown save after the team picked him up with two runs in the bottom of the ninth. Anthony Garcia was the hero with three hits including a two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth.
The team carried that momentum over to the next day to shut out the Astros, 3-0. Javier Avendano struck out six in six scoreless while Ricky Martinez picked up his second win of the season with three innings of work. Roberto De La Cruz, David Washington, and Anthony Fonseca each chipped in two hits for the visitors.
The Cards couldn't keep the momentum going and were swept in a doubleheader by the Marlins. The Cardinals' pitching staff was knocked around for a combined 23 runs while the team's hitters were stifled for only two runs.
On Friday, the Nationals were welcomed to Roger Dean Stadium. The teams were locked at eight after nine and that's when things went bad for the home team. The Nats plated six runs in the top of the 10th off of regular outfielder Anthony Garcia. Hector Garcia led the team with three hits and Anthony Bryant put a crooked number on the board with his first professional home run.
The team hit the road on Sunday to take on the Mets and fell short once again. The Metropolitans outlasted the Cardinals 5-3 after plating all five runs off of starter Ben Freeman. Roberto De La Cruz did his best to rally his team with a pair of hits including his third home run of the season.
The Cardinals could not stop the bleeding and dropped its fifth game in a row to the Astros, 6-5, on Monday. Cole Brand was tagged with three runs in only a third of an inning. Starter Javier Avendano was spectacular with six strikeouts in five shutout innings. Anthony Garcia had two hits including his third home run of the season. Trevor Martin and Sam Tuivailala each added a pair of singles as well.
In his last 10 games, Anthony Garcia is hitting .379/.513/.759 with three home runs and nine RBIs.
Javier Avendano has allowed only four hits in his last two starts. During that span covering 11 innings, he has 12 strikeouts and has not allowed a run.
Anthony Bryant appears to be adjusting to life in pro ball. In his last 24 at bats, he has eight hits including his first pro homer.
In his last 7.2 innings, Ben Freeman has been knocked around for 10 runs and seen his ERA reach 5.52.
Around the League
The Cardinals are now 11-12 and are tied for second in the GCL East Division. The Marlins have a 4.5 game lead over their stadium mates.
Roberto De La Cruz and Anthony Garcia are tied with multiple players for third in the home run race. Starlin Rodriguez is tied for ninth in the league with seven steals.
Javier Avendano ranks fourth in the league with an ERA of 1.00, is tied for first in games started, and is second in strikeouts.
Manuel De La Cruz is tied for the league lead in wins with four and tied for fifth in saves with three.
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