Palm Beach Cardinals Notebook: 2012 Week 17

The A-Advanced Cardinals have pulled into a tie for first place in the second half division race.

The Palm Beach Cardinals continue their up-and-down season, but remain in the hunt as they are tied for first place with the Bradenton Marauders.

Starlin Rodriguez has been a man on a mission, connecting in seven straight, while raising his batting average over .300.

July 26th: Tampa Yankees 6, Palm Beach Cardinals 4
The Yankees blitzed Cardinals starter Kyle Hald, scoring six runs on 14 hits in six innings to jump out to a 6-0 lead. Starlin Rodriguez did his best to bring the team back, singling in the fifth and homering in the seventh to bring the Cardinals within two. However, his two-hit, three RBI night would not be enough.

July 27th: Palm Beach Cardinals 5 at Tampa Yankees 4
The Cardinals received a great start from Todd McInnis, as he went five innings, allowing two runs (one earned), while striking out five. It was his first start since June 26th and his best outing of the season. He did not factor in the decision as the Cardinals squandered the lead late in the game. However, in the top of the eighth inning, Geoff Klein bailed out Cardinals with a clutch two-run double, giving the Cardinals the lead. Zack Russell locked it down for his first save of the year.

July 28th: Palm Beach Cardinals 12 at Tampa Yankees 0
After having to come from behind to steal one from the Yankees the night before, the Cardinals left no doubt on Saturday night, beating the Yankees 12-0. The team clubbed a season-high 23 hits and scored 12 runs in the rout. Mike O'Neill and Starlin Rodriguez led the way with four hits each, while Rodriguez added two RBI. Lost in the offensive outburst was Ryan Sherriff's performance, as he tossed six shutout innings to pick up his seventh victory of the season.


July 29th: Tampa Yankees 4, Palm Beach Cardinals 2
The Yankees returned the favor from the night before, scoring four runs in the first two frames against Chris Corrigan. The Cardinals tried to work their way back all game. Chris Edmondson cut the lead, hitting his sixth home run of the year, while Cody Stanley added two hits. The Cardinals had a chance in the top of the seventh, loading the bases for Geoff Klein, but the catcher eventually struck out, ending the threat.

July 30th: Palm Beach Cardinals 9, Dunedin Blue Jays 3
Kevin Siegrist made his last start for Palm Beach count, as he pitched six innings of two-run ball. The lefty picked up his sixth victory of season, as the Cardinals scored nine unanswered runs after falling behind 2-0 to take a huge lead. Rodriguez paced the offensive attack with two hits and three RBI, while Ronny Gil added three hits.

July 31st: Dunedin Blue Jays 7 at Palm Beach Cardinals 3
Drew Benes had his worst outing of the season, giving up six runs in two innings. He picked up his team-leading eighth loss of season, as the Blue Jays did not look back. On the other side, Casey Walden dominated the Cardinals for six innings. He picked up his sixth consecutive victory.

August 1st: Palm Beach Cardinals 4, Dunedin Blue Jays 3
Kyle Hald tossed 6 1/3 innings of shutout baseball to pick up his second victory of the year. The left-hander struck out seven, while walking one batter. Starlin Rodriguez led the way again, as he went 2-for-3 with two RBI. Cody Stanley added two hits and a clutch RBI single in the sixth to extend the lead to 3-0. Dean Kiekhefer locked down his 14th save of the season.

Record Watch
Mike O'Neill has been on fire this season... He leads the FSL in hitting (.346), on base percentage (.449), walks (67) and is second in hits (123)... With 29 games left in the season, O'Neill is 19 hits away from breaking the Palm Beach Cardinals all-time hit record set in 2006...

Power Surge
Starlin Rodriguez has been on a tear of late... In his last ten games, he has picked up 16 hits in 40 at bats, while connecting for two homers and driving in 12 runs... He is hitting .400 in his last ten games...

Welcome Back
Luis De La Cruz was activated before Wednesday night's game... Before suffering an injury, the backstop was hitting .370 in the month of July... He had one home run and five RBI, while scoring six runs…

The Cardinals enjoyed the month of July, as they reeled off 16 wins in the summer month... It was ther highest output of the season, while being the only month the team was over the .500 mark...

Setting the Pace
The Cardinals took game three of the series Wednesday night... With the win, the Cardi¬nals moved into a first-place tie with the Bradenton Marauders in the South Division... The game play is set to get fierce with a three-game series looming in Bradenton starting Friday...

Stan by Me
Catcher Cody Stanley has found his groove at the dish... In his last ten games, Stanley has driven in nine runs... He has 14 hits in that span...His batting average has climbed to .289...

Here for a Good Time, But Not a Long Time
Closer Dean Kiekhefer notched down his 14th save of the season Wednesday night... In his last three save opportunities, the left-hander has only had to record one out to close out each ball game...


7/30 P Chase Reid moved to Double-A Springfield
7/30 OF Nick Longmire moved to Single-A Quad Cities
7/30 P Michael Wacha added from GCL
7/30 OF Aaron Luna placed on restricted list
7/31 C Luis De La Cruz activated from DL
8/2 P Kevin Siegrist sent to Double-A Springfield
8/2 OF Alan Ahmady sent to Double-A Springfield
8/2 P Seth Blair activated from the DL
8/2 P Anderson Gerdel added from GCL
8/2 OF Roberto Reyes added from Single-A Quad Cities

Michael Wacha and Seth Blair will serve as special relievers every four to five days. Gerdel will add another right arm to the bullpen. Luis De La Cruz returns to work as a catching option, while Reyes will serve as an extra outfielder.

On the Horizon
The Cardinals will hit the road to face the first place Bradenton Marauders starting Friday night and will return Tuesday to face the St. Lucie Mets.

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