Palm Beach Cardinals Notebook: 2012 Week 15

The A-Advanced Cardinals are in the second-half Florida State League playoff race despite an up and down 4-4 week.

The Palm Beach Cardinals went 4-4 in their last eight games. They saw leads fade away, they cut down leads, but at the end of the day, remained at .500.

With the longest road trip of the season in the near future, the Cardinals will need to make their playoff push as the visitors. That could be a good thing for them, as they have boasted an 8-3 mark away from the ‘Dean in the second half.

July 12th: Palm Beach Cardinals 5 at Daytona Cubs 4
The Cardinals came from behind to score four unanswered runs to clip the Cubs on a warm Florida night. Starter Kevin Siegrist (4-0) made his return to the rotation, tossing seven innings, allowing four runs (three earned) and striking out three. He picked up the win, as the Cardinals used all their late inning magic against the Cubs bullpen. Ronny Gil provided a game-tying two-run double, while Geoff Klein drove in the game-winner in the eighth inning. Dean Kiekhefer picked up his team-leading ninth save of the season.

July 13th: Palm Beach Cardinals 11 at Daytona Cubs 8
Down by seven runs in the top of the seventh inning, the Cardinals all but thought of packing it in and going for the series split on Saturday. However, the bats came to life, as they connected for five consecutive hits and scored seven runs to tie at 7-7. Luis De la Cruz then put the finishing touch on the comeback, smashing his first home run of the year in the eighth inning to give the Cardinals their first lead of the game. De La Cruz' three-run shot scored Chris Edmondson and Alan Ahmady. De La Cruz finished the night 2-for-5 with two runs and four RBI.

July 14th: Palm Beach Cardinals 9 at Daytona Cubs 6
The magic did not end on Friday night, as the Cardinals scored seven unanswered to take three of four at Daytona. After a solid start by Cubs starter Austin Kirk, Daytona turned to the bullpen to close out the game. However, the Cardinals had an answer for the hometown Cubs, as they scored seven runs. Down by two runs in the eighth inning, the Cardinals rattled off three consecutive two-RBI singles to take the lead. Tyler Rahmatulla, James Ramsey and Chris Edmondson hit back-to-back-to-back singles to give the Cardinals their first lead of the game. Rainel Rosario put the finishing touches on the contest, hitting a two-run home run in the ninth to cement the victory.

July 15th: Lakeland Flying Tigers 7 at Palm Beach Cardinals 1
Upon returning home, the Cards were ambushed by the Flying Tigers, as the visitors pounded out 14 hits and scored seven runs. Scott Schneider (1-1), who had tossed 10 innings of run ball before the start, was hammered for six runs (four earned) on eight hits in four innings of work. The eight hits he allowed were two more than he allowed in the ten innings prior to the start. On the offensive side, the Cardinals bats were limited to six hits as Marcus Stroud silenced the lineup all day.

July 16th: Lakeland Flying Tigers 4 at Palm Beach Cardinals 0
The Cardinals were shut out for the 11th time this season. This time, Brian Flynn was the hurler. The left-hander dominated the Cardinals, tossing seven innings of three-hit baseball. He struck out six and did not walk a batter. The southpaw picked up his FSL leading eighth win of the season. On the other side, Ryan Sherriff suffered his first loss of the season, as he went seven solid innings, giving up four runs on seven hits. He pitched well but ran into some trouble in the second and seventh. Since being named the organization's Pitcher of the Month in June, Sherriff has struggled, giving up 13 runs in 16 innings in July.

July 17th: Rained Out

July 18th: Palm Beach Cardinals 1, Lakeland Flying Tigers 0
Lakeland Flying Tigers 6 at Palm Beach Cardinals 3

The Cardinals took game one of the doubleheader behind the strong pitching of Chris Corrigan. The right-hander threw 4 2/3 innings of shutout baseball, scattering three hits, while striking out five. He did not qualify for the victory, though, as he did not throw five innings. Iden Nazario picked up the win, as he relieved the right-hander, while Dean Kiekhefer collected his 11th save of the season.

In the nightcap, the Cardinals jumped out to an early lead, as James Ramsey hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning to give the Cardinals an early 2-0 edge. The Cardinals squandered away the lead in the fifth behind a fielding error by Tyler Rahmatulla, which allowed for an extra hitter to connect for the game-tying single. In extra innings, Chase Reid (4-6) gave up three runs on three hits, as the Flying Tigers took the finale of the four-game set.

Scoreboard Watching
The Cardinals moved to second place with the Wednesday split... They are a game in front of the Jupiter Hammerheads (11-13) and Fort Myers (12-14)... The Bradenton Marauders continue to lead the pack with a 14-12 record... With the first half-winning Mets scuffling in the second-half, it looks like all teams will be in play for the coveted second-half title...

The ‘Dean is Mean...
The Cardinals dropped another game at Roger Dean Stadium on Wednesday night... In the second half, the Cardinals are 6-11 at home, while posting an 8-3 record on the road... Overall, including their seven games as "visi¬tors" to the Marlins, the Cardinals are 24-31 at home... Last season, the Cardinals finished the season with 33-35 record at the ‘Dean...

Add One for Ramsey
James Ramsey connected for his first home run of the season on Wednesday night… The two-run shot landed over the right-center field fence, giving the Cardi¬nals an early 2-0 lead... He has five extra-base hits among 17 hits in his first 62 professional at-bats (.274)...

Reid Rewind
Chase Reid dropped his team-high sixth decision on Wednesday night... After a solid month of April, Reid was been going backwards... He is now 4-6 with a 5.08 ERA... The reliever has allowed 17 runs (13 earned) in his last 16.2 innings...

Injury Report
Infielder Packy Elkins has been shut down for the rest of the year with a quad injury. During his MRI, a chronic strain-injury was found on the upper part of his quad, which will sideline him for the remainder of the season.

Luis De La Cruz suffered a strained left hip flexor on Monday, July 16th. He will be out a week or two and his bat will be missed. The catcher was hitting .400 over his last 10 games.

7/15 IF Jeremy Patton moved to Single-A Quad Cities
7/15 C Cody Stanley activated from the DL
7/16 C Luis De La Cruz placed on DL
7/16 P Anthony Ferrara transferred to Double- A Springfield
7/17 P Brad Watson transferred to Single-A Quad Cities
7/17 P Travis Miller added from Single-A Quad Cities
7/17 P Kyle Hald added from Single-A Quad Cities
7/17 IF Neal Pritchard added from Single-A Quad Cities

Cody Stanley will become the primary starter behind the plate and also work as designated hitter. Kyle Hald will take the vacant spot left by Anthony Ferrara in the rotation, while Travis Miller will work out of the bullpen. Neal Pritchard returns for his second stint with the Cardinals. He will provide much-needed versatility for the club.

On the Horizon
The Cardinals hit the road for a four-game set against the Brevard County Manatees through Sunday before returning to the ‘Dean as the visitors against the Hammerheads. The Cardinals will technically be on their longest road trip of the season, as they will play 10 games as the visiting team, even though two of those will be at the ‘Dean.

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