Palm Beach Cardinals Notebook: 2012 Week 14

The A-Advanced Cardinals had an up and down week, but Kevin Siegrist is back to anchor the rotation.

The Palm Beach Cardinals see-saw season continues, as they went 3-3 on the week. The club had a few faces return from the disabled list, while others left for greener pastures. However, things seem to stay even keel as the Cardinals look great one night, while other nights they sometimes appear like they have forgotten how to play the game.

July 5th: Bradenton Marauders 6 at Palm Beach Cardinals 0
The Cardinals were shut out for the 11th time, as Colton Cain and two Marauders relievers combined to shut down the Beach Birds' attack. The Cardinals struggled at the plate all game, as they failed to get more than two runners past second base on the night. Their one solid scoring chance came in the second inning, as Chris Edmondson and Luis De La Cruz singled to open the frame, but a double play by Rainel Rosario cooled the thread. The Cards struggled the whole night, but Luis De La Cruz shined, lifting his average to .300 with two hits.

July 6th: Palm Beach Cardinals 5, Bradenton Marauders 0
The Cardinals returned the favor the next day, as three pitchers combined for the shutout. Drew Benes (4-6) returned to the rotation and excelled, tossing six innings of scoreless baseball. He gave up six hits, while striking out four. Benes was lifted for 1-2 duo of Aidan Lucas and Dean Kiekhefer as they combined to keep the Marauders at bay. Mike O'Neill finished with four hits and two runs, as he accounted for four of the nine Beach Birds hits.

July 7th: Charlotte Stone Crabs 3 at Palm Beach Cardinals 1
Anthony Ferrara (5-7) and Albert Suarez (5-4) had a heated pitchers dual on Saturday, going toe-for-toe, tossing scoreless frame after scoreless frame. However, in the fourth, the Stone Crabs jumped on Ferrara's lack of control as he yielded four hits in the frame, including a bases-clearing double to Phillip Wunderlich to make it 3-0 Stone Crabs. It would be more than enough for Suarez, as the right-hander shut down the Cardinals offense for six scoreless innings. Palm Beach attempted the come back in the eighth, loading the bases with one out, but reliever James Patterson got out of the jam, allowing one run.

July 8th: Palm Beach Cardinals 5, Charlotte Stone Crabs 3
Making only his second start of the season, Scott Schneider (1-0) dazzled for six shutout innings. Primarily used as reliever in Double-A and High-A this season, Schneider showed everyone that he can start, too, striking out one, while scattering three hits. In two starts, Schneider has tossed ten innings, allowing one run, while giving up six hits. He earned his first victory of the season. Jeremy Patton led the way with two hits and an RBI. Ronny Gil added two hits and a clutch two-out RBI single.

July 9th: Palm Beach Cardinals 10, Charlotte Stone Crabs 9
The Cardinals had their first offensive outburst since May, as they scored ten runs on 13 hits. Alan Ahmady led the way with a grand slam in the third inning, while Rainel Rosario added three hits and four RBI. The Cardinals received one of the worst starts of the season from Ryan Sherriff (5-0), as he tossed 3 1/3 innings, allowing five runs on six hits before being pulled for the bullpen. However, the bats were up and ready for the challenge as they knocked around this year's FSL All-Star Game starter C.J. Riefenhauser. The left-hander gave up seven runs in four innings of baseball.

July 10th: Off Day

July 11th: Daytona Cubs 7, Palm Beach Cardinals 2
The Cardinals began their mini-road trip on the bad end of a 7-2 loss. After taking an early 1-0 lead, the Cards were silenced by the Cubs. Chris Corrigan (2-4) took the loss, as he struggled in his last two frames of his outing. After throwing three hitless innings, Corrigan allowed four runs on four hits in the fourth and fifth. The right-hander had control issues as he uncorked his 11th wild pitch of the season and walked two. Alan Ahmady and James Ramsey tried to bring the Cardinals back, but fell short. Ahmady and Ramsey finished the night with two hits apiece, while Ahmady added two RBI.

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...

O'Neill is Back
Mike O'Neill, the FSL's leading hitter, returned to the lineup on Wednesday after missing two games with a leg injury suffered against the Charlotte Stone Crabs... O'Neill suffered the injury colliding with a bench in the visitor's bullpen on July 8th... The Cardinals went 2-0 in his absence, as Tyler Rahmatulla filled in as the leadoff hitter...

Gil Red Hot
Maybe it's the hair color that has put a spark in Ronny Gil's bat, but since he added blonde streaks to his hair, Ronny Gil has been on fire... In nine games in the month of July, Gil has connected for 10 hits in 33 at bats... Lighting bolt Gil lifted the Cardinals with a clutch two-run single on Sunday night...

Ahmady Settling In Nicely
Alan Ahmady was moved to the fourth spot in the line up on Monday. Since then, the utility man has gone 4-for-8 with a grand slam and six RBI... His total of 23 RBI is currently fifth on the team...

Siegrist is Backkk
Left-hander Kevin Siegrist made one start with the Double-A Springfield Cardinals before returning to Palm Beach... He struggled in his spot Texas League start, however the left-hander has dominated the FSL... In six Palm Beach starts, Siegrist has posted a 3-0 record with a 2.30 ERA... He has gone 16 1/3 innings without allowing an earned run...

Transactions
7/5 P Anderson Gerdel added from GCL
7/11 P Anderson Gerdel returned to GCL
7/11 P Kevin Siegrist returned from Double-A Springfield

Siegrist will return to the rotation, while Brad Watson has been moved to the bullpen.

Injury Report
Boone Whiting was spotted making throws in the bullpen. Cody Stanley made his first rehab start on Wednesday July 11th, going 2-for-2 with a run scored with the Gulf Coast League club.

On the Horizon
The Cardinals are in the midst of a four-game set with the Daytona Cubs. After their series concludes on Saturday, they return to the ‘Dean for a four-game set with the Lakeland Flying Tigers.



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