Palm Beach Cardinals Notebook: 2012 Week 11

The A-Advanced Cardinals have begun anew in the second half with some familiar faces like Starlin Rodriguez and Ronny Gil.

The Palm Beach Cardinals enjoyed an extra day off this past week, as the "Sunshine State" delivered with another rain out.

After the rain settled and the festivities washed away, the Cardinals returned to the field and ended the first half with 1-2 record and a 31-36 overall mark.

June 14: Palm Beach Cardinals at St. Lucie Mets, PPD

June 15-17: Florida State League All-Star Game
Palm Beach had three participants in the All-Star Game. Mike O'Neill, Starlin Rodriguez and Anthony Ferrara represented the winning South team, as they came from behind to clip the North 6-3. O'Neill played the whole game, going 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored, while Rodriguez went 0-1 with a run scored. Left-hander Ferrara pitched a scoreless sixth.

Gil scores
June 18: Palm Beach Cardinals 5 at Charlotte Stone Crabs 4
Scott McGregor made his second start since returning from Tommy John surgery and looked sharp, as he tossed five innings, allowing two runs on three hits. He did not pick up the victory, though, as the bullpen failed to hold it together in the eighth, giving up two runs to tie the game at 4-4. In the top of the ninth, the Cardinals went back to small ball to steal one from the home-standing Stone Crabs. With runners on the corners, Starlin Rodriguez bunted down the first base line to bring home Ronny Gil and help the Cardinals win their third in a row.

June 19th: Charlotte Stone Crabs 8, Palm Beach Cardinals 6
The Cardinals jumped out to 5-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning. Jonathan Rodriguez hit his team-leading sixth home run of the season to pace the offense. With a five-run lead, ace Anthony Ferrara was well on his way to his third consecutive victory but the left-hander could not find the strike zone in the bottom of the fourth inning as he surrendered a season-high eight runs. The Cardinals could not come from behind, as they could only manage to score one run in the last five innings and dropped their first game at Charlotte Sports Park.

June 20: Charlotte Stone Crabs 7, Palm Beach Cardinals 5
Looking to win his first game of the season, starter Todd McInnis toed the rubber against the Stone Crabs. McInnis had an impressive first inning, retiring the side in order; however, in the second, he walked a season-high five hitters, allowing two runs without giving up a hit. McInnis' battle continued as he gave up four more runs in five innings of work. The Cardinals tried to come from behind, as they scored one in the seventh and four in the eighth, but that was as close as they would get. The Stone Crabs added another run in the eighth and held on to win the game and ending the first half of the season on a winning note.

Staying Hot
The All-Star Break did not cool off Starlin Rodriguez, as he collected two more hits Wednesday night. He has been on a tear since moving to the leadoff spot, hitting in eight straight as his batting average has climbed to .321.

Rah-MA-tulla Rakes
Tyler Rahmatulla made his debut with the Palm Beach Cardinals Monday night. Rahmatulla has four hits in 11 at bats, hitting safely in all three starts. He led Single-A Quad Cities in batting average (.322) and RBI (42) before his promotion.

Jonathan Flexing His Muscle
Last season, first baseman Jonathan Rodriguez led Quad Cities with 20 home runs. After a slow start, hitting just one home run in two months, Rodriguez has connected for five in his last 12 games. He leads the team with six long balls.

Batting Average Leader
Mike O'Neill is quietly having a great season for Palm Beach. The Riverside, CA native is leading the league with a .348 batting average.

Like a Fine Wine, Johnny Better with Time
Cardinals skipper Johnny Rodriguez has managed for three years in the St. Louis Cardinals Organization. The last two seasons, Rodriguez managed Single-A Quad Cities to consecutive playoff berths. Both seasons, Rodriguez has done it by winning the second-half crown. Rodriguez has an overall record 111-94 first half record (including 2012), but has posted an 84-53 mark and a Midwest League Championship in the second half.

Transactions

6/15 P Carlos Martinez activated and sent to Double-A Springfield
6/15 IF Ildemaro Vargas moved to Johnson City
6/15 C Adam Ehrlich moved to Gulf Coast League
6/18 IF Tyler Rahmatulla added from Single-A Quad Cities
6/19 P Chase Reid activated from the DL

Chase Reid will head to the pen and be one of Johnny Rodriguez' go-to guys, while Rahmatulla will start at third with occasional looks at second base.

Injury Report

Pitcher Kevin Siegrist is throwing on the side and looks close to coming back from the disabled list.

On the Horizon

The Cardinals host the Jupiter Hammerheads for three-game set before welcoming the Clearwater Threshers for a four-game series starting Sunday, June 24.



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