After losing five in a row to close out the previous week, the Gulf Coast League Cardinals got things back on the right track against the Marlins. The Cards took advantage of six hits and three Marlins' errors to take the game, 3-2.
Hector Garcia led the way with three hits while starter Jose Pasen picked up his second victory of the season. The right-hander struck out six in six innings of work. Manuel De La Cruz picked up his fourth save after striking out four in two innings.
The team kept its momentum the next day with a 6-3 victory over the Nationals. Kevin Moscatel had three hits including two doubles while driving in three runs. Steven Ramos added three hits, as well, and scored a pair of runs. On the bases, the speedy centerfielder stole his seventh and eighth bases. Bryan Martinez made his American debut, allowing only a run in a five-inning start. Cesar Aguilar picked up the win while De La Cruz notched save number five.
The Cardinals could not keep the win-streak alive and fell to the Mets on Friday, 5-4. Ramos, Anthony Garcia, and Luis Pimentel collected two hits apiece. Adriano Uribe was solid but still took his second loss of the season. The Dominican was charged with three runs, two earned, on seven hits in a five-inning start.
It was more of the same the next day as the Astros overcame the Cardinals, 10-4. Ben Freeman is now 0-3 after allowing three runs in five innings of work. Cole Brand was tagged for five runs, one earned, in his only frame. Leadoff man Starlin Rodriguez had three hits and stole two bases. Roberto De La Cruz and David Washington chipped in two hits each.
The GCL boys got back on the right track on Sunday with an 11-10 victory over the Marlins. Five Cardinals hitters had two hits each. Roberto De La Cruz had two hits and one of those was his fourth home run of the season. Leadoff man Steven Ramos had two hits and two outfield assists. Ricky Martinez picked up his third victory with 2/3 of an inning of relief.
The Cardinals closed out the week by putting 19 runs on the board against the Nationals. Steven Ramos and Starlin Rodriguez each had four hits at the top of the team's lineup. Rodriguez was a homer short of the cycle while driving in four. De La Cruz hit his second home run in as many days. Jose Pasen was credited with his third victory after allowing one run on five hits in five innings of work.
In his last five games, Steven Ramos has 13 hits in 26 at bats. During that span, he has drawn three walks and stolen five bases as well.
In his last 10 games, Roberto De La Cruz has nine hits with five of those going for extra bases. The young third baseman now leads the team with five home runs.
During the week, Jose Pasen made two starts and picked up a victory in both. In 11 combined innings, he was charged with two earned runs on only seven hits while racking up 11 strikeouts.
Sam Tuivailala has let his struggles at the plate affect his play in the field. The young shortstop has now made seven errors while hitting only .174/.310/.188 in 69 at-bats.
Around the League
With a record of 15-14, the Cardinals are in second place in the GCL East, five games behind the division-leading Marlins.
Starlin Rodriguez ranks tenth in the league with a .323 average and slugging with a mark of .469. Rodriguez is tied for first in the league in triples and fifth in hits. Along with teammate Steven Ramos, he ranks 10th in the league with nine steals. Roberto De La Cruz' five home runs tops the GCL. Though Tuivailala is really struggling, he does rank eighth in the league with 12 walks.
Manuel De La Cruz is tied for first in the league with four victories and ranks fourth in saves. Also, he leads the league in appearances with 15.
Javier Avendano ranks second in the league with his 1.00 ERA while he ranks fourth in strikeouts in 32. Teammate Jose Pasen is third in the league in strikeouts with 36.
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