Palm Beach Cardinals Notebook: 2012 Week 13

The A-Advanced Cardinals look to build upon a 4-2 road trip in the second half Florida State League standings.

The Palm Beach Cardinals hit the road and found ways to win games, as they went 4-2 away from Roger Dean Stadium before dropping their lone home game.

The Cardinals finished the week 4-3 and are now three games out of first in the Florida State League Southern Division standings for the second half.

June 28th: Palm Beach Cardinals 10 at Bradenton Marauders 4
The Cardinals took their show on the road and banged out ten runs on ten hits. Chris Corrigan (2-2) was the beneficiary, as he tossed six innings, scattering three hits and allowing four runs. He recorded five strikeouts, while walking three. Offensively, Chris Edmondson contributed with a two-run home run in the first inning to give the Cardinals an early lead. Geoff Klein, Luis De La Cruz and Jeremy Patton carried the bottom of the order, connecting for six hits and driving in four runs.

June 29th: Bradenton Marauders 7, Palm Beach Cardinals 5
Starter Brad Watson (0-1) was tagged for season-highs in runs (5) and hits (9), exiting the game in the bottom of the fifth down five. The Cardinals offense answered, scoring four in the top of the fifth and one in the top of the sixth to knot it up at 5-5. The Cardinals had all the momentum and looked primed to take another game from the Marauders. However, in the bottom of the eighth inning, Drew Benes (3-6) was tagged for two runs on two hits, as he took the loss.

June 30th: Palm Beach Cardinals 6 at Bradenton Marauders 2
Kevin Siegrist (3-0) made his second start since returning from the disabled list and dominated the Marauders lineup for six innings of shutout baseball. Siegrist extended his scoreless streak to 16 1/3 innings, as he has not allowed a run since May. Starlin Rodriguez paced the offense as his solo home run broke a scoreless tie in the top of the fourth inning. The second baseman went on to collect a game-high two hits and two RBI.

July 1st: Palm Beach Cardinals 7 at Jupiter Hammerheads 2
The Cardinals received another great start by left-hander Anthony Ferrara, as he tossed seven innings of two run (one earned) baseball. He gave up a season-high nine hits, but did not walk a single batter. Geoff Klein contributed three hits, two runs and an RBI. Rainel Rosario, who has been in a slump for weeks, crushed his first home run of the season, as he tagged a 1-1 pitch over the left field fence. Mike O'Neill's two hits pushed his batting average over .350 for the first time this season.

July 2nd: Jupiter Hammerheads 5, Palm Beach Cardinals 4
Palm Beach was well on their way to capturing a third straight win, carrying a 4-2 lead into the ninth with Dean Kiekhefer set to close out the game. Kiekhefer, who was 7-of-8 in save opportunities, had a night to forget. The southpaw gave up three runs on four hits, dropping his second game of the season. Kiekhefer, who had allowed just six hits to lefties for the season entering the game, yielded three hits to left-handers on the night. The late loss overshadowed the debut of outfielder James Ramsey, who connected for three hits in five at bats.

July 3rd: Palm Beach Cardinals 6 at Jupiter Hammerheads 4
The Cardinals got their payback on Tuesday night, as they came from one down to beat the Hammerheads 6-4. After falling behind 4-3, the Cardinals scored three unanswered runs to win. Nick Longmire paced the comeback with two key hits late in the game, while Mike O'Neill added four hits and three RBI. O'Neill has been outstanding against the Hammerheads, connecting for a team-high 13 hits and five RBI.

July 4th: Bradenton Marauders 7 at Palm Beach Cardinals 4
With 7,251 in attendance, the Cardinals gave the crowd a great show until the last out. After falling behind 7-0, they came back to score four runs on five hits in the bottom of the ninth inning. Geoff Klein started the rally with a leadoff double. He was followed with an RBI single by Tyler Rahmatulla. The next three hitters connected on back-to-back-to-back hits to make it 7-4. James Ramsey came up to try and extend the game, but he grounded out to end the game.

Sherriff Awarded
Ryan Sherriff was awarded the St. Louis Cardinals Organization Minor League Pitcher of the Month for his outstanding work in June... In four starts, he posted a 3-0 record with a 1.98 ERA...In seven starts this season, Sherriff has posted a 5-0 record with 2.73 ERA and 21 strikeouts...

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 a 90-61 mark and a Midwest League Championship in the second half....

De La Crusing
Luis De La Cruz, who is primarily known for his work behind the plate, has been on an offensive tear of late... In his last ten games, De La Cruz has connected for 14 hits in 29 at bats... He has scored six runs and driven in two...He is currently on seven-game hitting streak and has lifted his batting average to .293...

Oh O'Neill
Mike O'Neill continued to add to his stellar season Wednesday night, as he tacked on two hits... The FSL All-Star went 2-for-3 with a triple, run scored and an RBI... He has been a spark-plug all season... He is the active FSL leader in batting average with a .357 clip and is second in hits (96)...

Lucas Closes
Aidan Lucas picked up his first save of the season Wednesday night... Lucas, who primar¬ily has worked as set-up man, was brilliant in his closer duties... Last season with the Quad Cities River Bandits, Lucas saved 11 games... In 2011, he finished fifth in the organization in saves...

Struggling Ramsey
After starting the season with a three hit-game, outfielder James Ramsey has gone 0-for-10 in his last 11 plate appearances...

Transactions

6/30 P Zack Russell activated from the DL
7/1 P Nick Gillung transferred to Johnson City
7/1 OF James Ramsey added to the roster
7/2 OF Alan Ahmady transferred to GCL rehab
7/4 IF Vance Albitz transferred to Double-A Springfield
7/4 OF Alan Ahmady activated from the DL
7/4 P Kevin Siegrist transferred to Double-A Springfield

Ahmady will play multiple spots on the field and add versatility to the lineup, while Russell will provide a rocket arm in the middle frames. 2012 first-rounder James Ramsey will hit third and play centerfield for the Beach Birds.

Injury Report
First baseman Jonathan Rodriguez had season-ending wrist surgery this week.

On the Horizon
The Cardinals finish their three-game set with the Marauders on Friday before taking on the Charlotte Stone Crabs Saturday through Monday. After a day off Tuesday, they will travel to Daytona for a four-game series against the Cubs.



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