Palm Beach Cardinals Notebook: 2012 Week 10

Despite a dozen players on the disabled list, the A-Advanced Cardinals are playing winning ball.

The Palm Beach Cardinals finally started to put it all together this past week, as they received solid pitching performances and big hits. They went 3-2, despite squandering two prime opportunities to cap off a great week of baseball.

Injuries are continuing to play a big part for the Beach Birds, as they are currently have 12 players on the disabled list with an active roster of 24.

May 8th: Rained out

May 9th: Palm Beach Cardinals 3, Fort Myers Miracle 2
Ryan Sherriff continued to dazzle, tossing six innings, shattering four hits and allowing two runs. He is now a perfect 4-0 in four starts with the Cardinals. Sherriff limited opponents to a .182 batting average, while striking out a season-high six. He capitalized on a two-out, two-run single by Starlin Rodriguez in the sixth to take home the victory.

May 10th: Fort Myers Miracle 8 at Palm Beach Cardinals 5
The Cardinals battled back from a three-run deficit to take a 5-4 lead in the fourth on a clutch RBI double by Ildemaro Vargas. However, the lead did not last as Todd McInnis was victimized by the long ball again, giving up two home runs in the sixth, as the Miracle jumped out to a big lead and never looked back. McInnis, who is 0-3, yielded three home runs on the night and leads the team with six home runs allowed.

May 11th: Fort Myers Miracle 8 at Palm Beach Cardinals 4
The Cardinals could not figure out a way to execute a simple bunt play on Monday night, which cost them the game. With a 4-4 in the bottom of the eighth inning, the Cardinals got their first two on, but Starlin Rodriguez' failed bunt attempt did noy advance the runners, and the Cardinals paid by stranding both runners. In the ninth inning, the Miracle ran away with it, connecting on three consecutive hits and scoring four runs to put the game out of reach.

May 12th: Palm Beach Cardinals 7 at St. Lucie Mets 6
The Cardinals received offensive production against the best team in the league on Tuesday night, breaking out for seven runs on 12 hits. Chris Edmondson paced the way with a 2-for-4 night, hitting a three-run home run and two-run double late in the game to help the Cardinals. However, it would not be easy, as the Cardinals held on for dear life in the eighth and ninth innings. Three errors brought the game within one run but the Cardinals prevailed behind Scott Schneider. The right-hander picked up his first save of the season, tossing 1 1/3 innings, scattering one hit and one unearned run.

May 13th: Palm Beach Cardinals 6 at St. Lucie Mets 1
After missing the whole 2011 season with an injury, Scott McGregor toed the rubber for the Cardinals. The right-hander was sharp as he tossed three innings of one run ball before the rain ended his outing in the fourth inning. McGregor left the game with 2-1 lead, but did not collect the victory, as he did not pitch enough innings. Nick Gillung, who had struggled as a starter, made a great relief appearance, tossing four innings of shutout baseball to collect his first win of the season. Mike O'Neill connected for three hits and lifted his season average to .349.

May 13th: Rained out

Hands up, Sherriff is in town
Ryan Sherriff from Culver City, CA, made another solid start on Saturday night... The left- hander now has a 2.42 ERA... After being called-up from Extended Spring Training, Sherriff has looked strong against FSL competition, tossing 26 innings and striking out 15... He is perfect 4-for-4 on the win column...

All-Star Cardinals
The Palm Beach Cardinals announced four Beach Birds to the FSL mid-summer classic... Pitcher Anthony Ferrara, infielder Starlin Rodriguez and Mike O'Neill will participate in the action, while Seth Maness earned the honor but will not participate due to his recent promotion to Double-A Springfield...

Change in the Guard
On Tuesday, Anthony Ferrara made his third start, as the "ace" of the staff... After the promotion of three of the original starting rotation mates, Ferrara hurled his best performance of the season... Ferrara continued his brilliance over the St. Lucie Mets, dazzling for seven innings, holding down the second toughest line up in the league to two hits... He had some control issues, walking five, but it was good enough for his fourth win...

Starlin Staying Sharp
The newly-named leadoff hitter and second baseman continued his hot hitting, hitting in four straight while his batting average has climbed to .311...

Injury Concerns
The Cardinals roster has been depleted by injuries... There are ten players on the 7-day DL, while two are on the 60-day DL... Cody Stanley's recent injury leaves the Cardinals with 24 active players.

The Cardinals won two consecutive games over the Mets, but did it coming from behind both times...

McInnis Shelled
Todd McInnis gave up a season-high seven runs on Sunday, but the run total was not as alarming as his home run totals… Since joining the squad in May, McInnis has given up a team-leading six home runs in five starts… Five of his home runs have come at home and have been no-doubters…

6/12 IF Vance Albitz added to Double-A Springfield
6/12 P Chris Corrigan added from Double-A Springfield
6/12 P Logan Billbrough added from DL
6/12 P Daniel Bibona activated from DL and transferred to Batavia roster
6/12 C Cody Stanley placed on the DL
6/12 C Adam Ehrlich added from Extended Spring Training
6/13 P Scott McGregor added from Extended Spring Training

The Cardinals lost a valuable infielder on Tuesday in Albitz, but added two arms to bolster the rotation in Corrigan and Billbrough. Corrigan may end up in the bullpen as he has shown considerable success from the relief role but he will get a chance to start for now.

Injury Report
Too many injuries too often seems to be the theme for the whole organization, but Palm Beach should get a huge lift in the second half. Alan Ahmady, Kevin Siegrist, Boone Whiting and Cody Stanley are all scheduled to be back by the end of June.

On the Horizon
The Cardinals will enjoy much needed time off during the All-Star break before traveling to Port Charlotte to finish off their first half with a three-game series starting on Monday. They will begin the second-half against the streaking Jupiter Hammerheads June 21st.

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