Palm Beach Cardinals Notebook: 2011 Week 13

The Cardinals of the Florida State League struggled with consistency but remain in first place.

This report covers the period from July 1 through July 7.

The Palm Beach Cardinals got the week off to a rough start with a 3-2 loss to Bradenton. Xavier Scruggs had two hits as did Domnit Bolivar who also homered. Kevin Siegrist got the loss after allowing three runs in six innings of work.

The Cards bounced back Saturday night with a 2-1 victory. Starter Eric Fornataro was stellar with one run allowed in seven innings of work. Reliever Keith Butler notched his third save. Starlin Rodriguez had two hits out of the leadoff spot while Rainel Rosario had two hits and stole a base. Xavier Scruggs failed to reach base and had his on base streak snapped at 30 games.

In his second start of the season, Tyler Lyons was shelled for six runs on six hits in only 4.2 innings. At the plate, the Cards could only manage a single tally on a home run by Domnit Bolivar.

On the Fourth of July, Palm Beach brought its own fireworks, lighting up Bradenton 6-2. Alan Ahmady reached base three times and drove in two runs. Niko Vasquez collected three hits and scored.

As in the first half of the season, the team is struggling with consistency and dropped Tuesday's contest, 5-2. The struggling Justin Smith was tagged with his sixth loss after surrendering five runs in only a four-inning outing. Ahmady was responsible for two of the team's five hits.

Wednesday's action was lost to the weather so Palm Beach and Bradenton played two on Thursday. In game one, the Cardinals dropped the game 6-4 in extra frames. Starter Carlos Martinez was roughed up for four runs in only 4.2 innings. Reliever Jesse Simpson was saddled with the loss after allowing two runs in his lone inning of work. Scruggs pounded out three hits while Rosario collected two including a home run.

In the nightcap, the Cards scored eight runs in the fifth and held on for an 8-4 victory. Rodriguez had three hits while Vasquez had three RBIs. Reliever Chris Corrigan picked up the win after pitching a shutout inning.

Who's Hot

Over his last 10 games, Rainel Rosario is hitting .324/.333/.459 with a home run and 11 RBI.

In five games since being promoted from Quad Cities, Starlin Rodriguez has eight hits and 12 total bases.

The Cardinal Nation Top 40 Prospect Watch

#40 Niko Vasquez. The young infielder is slowly turning his season around. Over his last seven games, Vasquez is hitting .292 with seven hits and four runs batted in.

#39 Robert Stock. The backstop has more hits, 12, in 11 games at Palm Beach than he did in 16 games at Quad Cities.

#30 Rainel Rosario. The Dominican outfielder has a slash line of .289/.354/.422 with seven home runs and 53 RBI.

#24 Jordan Swagerty. Since moving to the bullpen, Swagerty has yet to allow a run in four appearances while striking out five.

#5 Carlos Martinez. After getting roughed up in his second outing, the 19-year-old has an ERA of 5.06 with 10 strikeouts in 10.2 innings.

Around the League

Palm Beach is now 9-6 and in a three way tie for first in the Florida State League South Division.

The Cardinals rank next to last in batting average and runs scored while being dead last in on base percentage. The team does rank in the top four in the league in team ERA and strikeouts.

Up Next

The Cardinals will welcome Dunedin to town before hitting the road to play a three-game set at Tampa.

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