GCL Cardinals Notebook 2010: Week 7

Even Mother Nature couldn't prevent the Gulf Coast League Cardinals from a winning week. Roberto De La Cruz is among the club's hot hitters.

This report covers the period from Tuesday, August 3 through Monday, August 9.

It was a terrible week weather wise for the GCL Cardinals. The team lost three games due to the weather but did enjoy success when they were able to make it onto the field.

The Cards thumped the Astros last Tuesday to get things started off right. Bryan Martinez was brilliant on the mound. The 19-year-old spun seven shutout innings, allowing only one hit on his way to 10 strikeouts.

Roberto De La Cruz led the offense with three hits, two RBIs and a run scored. Anthony Garcia and Kevin Moscatel each singled twice and scored a run.

The weather would keep the team off the field until Thursday when they topped the Nationals 7-3. De La Cruz was the man at the plate again with two home runs and three RBIs. He finished the game with three hits and three runs scored. Anthony Garcia also homered, his fifth of the season. Steven Ramos had three hits in the leadoff spot and also stole a base.

Adriano Uribe picked up the victory after allowing three runs on five hits in five innings of work. He finished his day with five strikeouts.

The Cardinals were unable to complete another game until Monday when they played two. In game one, the Marlins doubled up their roommates 2-1 even though they were outhit. Bryan Martinez was good enough to win but came out on the losing end. The right-hander gave up two runs on three hits but four walks proved to do him in.

The Cards bounced back in game two in similar fashion, beating the Marlins 2-1 while being outhit by the losing side. The scheduled six-inning affair went to extra frames. In the bottom of the eighth, Luis Pimentel ended it with a leadoff home run over the left field wall. The team finished with only four hits and Pimentel's game winner was the team's only extra base hit.

Starter Jose Pasen was fantastic with six shutout innings before giving way to Manuel De La Cruz. The southpaw blew his fourth save of the season after allowing one run. Cesar Aguilar picked up the win with a shutout inning of relief.

Who's Hot

Over his last 10 games, Roberto De La Cruz is hitting .324 with four home runs and nine RBI. During that span, he is slugging .703.

During the same span, Luis Pimentel is outhitting De La Cruz. The 21-year-old is hitting .395/.425/.500 with a home run and 10 RBI in 38 at bats.

Who's Not

Anthony Bryant has only one hit in his last 15 at bats and is now batting .185 in his pro debut.

Around the League

The Cardinals are now 20-18 and sit in third place in the GCL East. They are four and a half games behind the first-place Marlins.

The team ranks fourth in the GCL in hitting with a .251 mark. They rank second in on base percentage, .336, and fifth in slugging, .364.

On the pitching side, they rank 10th in team ERA in the 15-team circuit. The Cards rank sixth in team strikeouts but issued the fourth most walks and is second to last in team WHIP.

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