GCL Cardinals Notebook: 2010 Week 10

The Gulf Coast League Cardinals final week of the season was highlighted by Zack Cox' first four-hit game as a professional.

This report covers the period from Tuesday, August 24 through Sunday, August 29.

In the final days of the Gulf Coast League season, the Cardinals' week went a lot like the whole season. The team won as many games as it lost, the same way it would finish the 2010 season.

The week started with a 4-0 victory over the first-place Marlins. Cardinals pitching allowed only three hits with starter Ben Freeman picking up his first victory with seven strikeouts in six shutout innings.

Starlin Rodriguez had three hits and scored a pair of runs along with stealing his 14th base. Jose Martinez collected a pair of hits and drove in two runs.

The next day the Cardinals dropped a 7-6 shootout to the Nationals. First round pick Zack Cox showed his mettle with four hits including a double. Luis Pimentel had a hit and drove in two. Anthony Bryant reached base twice with a double and a walk, stole a base, drove in a run, and scored a run.

Cole Brand was charged with the loss after allowing three runs on four hits and not recording an out. Bryan Martinez struck out five in four innings of relief.

The team made a last trip to St. Lucie only to be doubled up by the Mets 2-1. The Cards collected only three hits highlighted by an Alberto Rivero triple.

Jose Pasen was charged with the loss after being charged with two runs in his five-inning outing.

The team picked up a victory against the Astros on Saturday during the conclusion of a game postponed on August 23. In the 4-0 victory, Adriano Uribe was credited with 7.2 innings of shutout baseball. Manuel De La Cruz spun 1.1 innings of relief on his way to his ninth save.

In the nightcap, the Cardinals picked up their final victory of the year, 7-2. Steven Ramos was a double short of the cycle. The home run was the first of his professional career. Luis Pimentel also had three hits and drove in a pair. Ildemaro Vargas, Kevin Moscatel, and David Washington each had a pair of hits. Washington drove in three runs.

Michael Santana finished the season 4-0 after tossing five solid innings of two-run baseball.

In the final game of the season, the Cardinals dropped a 5-4 affair to the Marlins. Starter Javier Avendano was charged with three runs which doubled his season total to six earned runs allowed. Josh Lucas was charged with the loss after walking two batters and recording only one out.

Jose Martinez led the offense with three hits including two doubles and two RBIs. David Washington collected a single and a double.

Who's Hot

In the final month of the season, David Washington slugged .520 and hit his first two professional home runs. Seven of his 15 hits were for extra bases and he had 11 of his 18 career RBIs.

Though his playing time was limited in GCL action, Kevin Moscatel hit .429 in 21 at bats during the month of August. Also, the backstop drew more walks, four, than strikeouts, three.

In his first 15 at bats, Zack Cox had six hits with a walk and three strikeouts.

On the Move

During the final week of the season, three GCL Cardinals regulars were promoted to Johnson City. Starlin Rodriguez, Roberto De La Cruz, and Anthony Garcia were all sent north to get their first taste of Appalachian League action. After the season concluded, Steven Ramos was returned to JC after struggling for the baby birds in his first professional assignment.

Around the League

The Cardinals finished with a record of 28-28 which left them nine games behind the first place Marlins and in third place.

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