In 2005, Lambert started 7-1 with a 2.63 ERA for Palm Beach, but found the competition more challenging at the Double-A level as a member of the Springfield Cardinals. There, he went 3-8 with a 6.35 ERA. He also participated in the 2005 MLB Futures Game, held in Detroit in conjunction with the All-Star Game.
So far in the Arizona Fall League, Lambert has made five starts, going 0-1 with a 4.26 ERA. Prior to his last start, his ERA was 3.00.
Lambert's final AFL start will be this coming Monday, November 7. Shortly thereafter, he'll join manager Davey Johnson, teammate and third baseman Travis Hanson and the rest of the USA squad as they take on teams from Canada, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua and Panama representing the USA in the Olympic qualifying tournament scheduled November 15-19 in Arizona.
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