GCL Cardinals Notebook: 2010 Week 8

The Gulf Coast League Cardinals struggled to find consistency during the past week, going 3-3.

This report covers the period from Tuesday, August 10 through Monday, August 16.

The Gulf Coast League Cardinals were able to get in six games during the week but they could not gain any traction. The team would win one only to lose its next contest and finish .500 for the week.

The week started with the Cardinals 6-4 victory over the Nationals. The team was down 4-0 at the end of the first but rallied to put up crooked numbers in the second, seventh, and ninth. Anthony Bryant led the charge, reaching base three times with two hits and a walk. In a rehab stint, Michael Swinson walked twice and stole a base.

Starter Adriano Uribe would not factor in the decision but was solid in his six-inning outing after a shaky first. Michael Santana got the win after an inning of relief while Cole Brand picked up his first pro save.

The Cards then welcomed the Mets and the visitors proved too much for the home team in game one of a doubleheader. Cesar Aguilar was rocked for seven runs in only three innings. Ricky Martinez would follow and contribute four hitless innings.

David Washington had two hits including a two-run home run. Third round pick Sam Tuivailala hit his first professional home run in the same inning.

Manager Steve Turco' s team rebounded in the night cap and sent the Mets home with an 8-7 defeat. The Mets did get out to a great start with five runs in the first. But the Cardinals continued to claw away with crooked numbers in the second, third, and fourth innings.

Luis Pimentel reached base three times and came around to score each time he reached base. Corderious Dodd reached base three times as well and drove in a pair of runs.

Starter Josh Lucas made it through only three innings after yielding five runs. Amaury Castillo received the win and Manuel De La Cruz picked up his seventh save.

The following day, the team finished a game that had been postponed on the eighth of the month with the Astros. The contest went to extra frames with the Astros scoring two in the top of the tenth to notch the victory.

David Washington hit his fourth home run of the season, a three-run blast. Trevor Martin, Tuivailala, and Pimentel each had a pair of hits. De La Cruz was charged with his third blown save and his first loss of the season.

Once again, the team rebounded with a 4-2 victory over the ‘Stros. Steven Ramos collected two hits in the leadoff position while Tuivailala worked three walks in the game. Ben Freeman gave the team six solid innings but did not factor in the decision. Michael Santana picked up his third victory after spinning three shutout innings of relief.

On Saturday, the Cardinals faced its stadium mate, the Marlins, and fell 2-1. Bryan Martinez was strong with six innings of two-run ball but was the unfortunate tough luck loser.

Washington had two hits and drove in the team's only run.

The team's Sunday contest was lost to the weather followed by an off-day on Monday.

Who's Hot

During the month of August, David Washington is hitting .421/.500/.842 with two home runs and eight RBIs. He had seven RBIs in the previous two months combined.

In his last 10 games, Luis Pimentel is hitting .324/.375/.486 to raise his season slash line to .306/.353/.444 for the Cardinals.

Who's Not

After hitting .329 in July, Steven Ramos has really struggled this month. The 20-year-old has posted a slash line of .211/.231/.289 in 38 August at bats.

Around the League

The Cardinals are now 23-21 and sit in third place, 6.5 games behind the first place Marlins.

Roberto De La Cruz remains at the top of the GCL home run leader board with seven. Teammate Anthony Garcia is tied for fifth with five jacks.

Luis Pimentel ranks 10th on the circuit in batting with a .306 average. Starlin Rodriguez is tied with multiple players for fourth in triples with four.

Manuel De La Cruz is second in the league with 22 appearances and ranks fourth in the saves department. Jose Pasen is tied for sixth in strikeouts with 43.

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