Our exclusive weekly report on the 2007 edition of the Single-A Palm Beach Cardinals from our on-site beat reporter in Jupiter, Jim Rutledge. Despite Mark Hamilton's hot hitting, the club has fallen into third place in the Florida State League East.
After winning the first game
against Dunedin, the Cards dropped the next three
and were cooled off even more in Port St. Lucie by the rain and the Mets. Their
three-game losing streak has dropped the Cards to third place in the Florida State League East and only a half game above Vero
Beach, who are in fourth. The Cards
have added a few players and lost one. Let's take a look back at the week and
see what happened and how the new players performed.
Wednesday-Trey Hearne scattered eight hits
allowing five runs in the Cards' 9-6 victory over the Dunedin Blue Jays. New
pitcher Fernando Salas earned his first hold of the season by pitching a
scoreless seventh and Luke Gregerson picked up his fourth save of the year. The
offensive onslaught was aided by Mark Hamilton's home run in the bottom of the
fifth with two on and two out, and he followed that in the seventh with another
home run. Jose Martinez and Nathan Southard each stole a base and A.J. Van Slyke
lined a double on a line drive to right to round out the highlights of the
Thursday- The Cards scored two in the second
on RBIs from Casey Rowlett and Southard. Starting pitcher Kyle McClellan allowed
a RBI double in the top of the third and the Cards were never able to recover,
resulting in a 5-3 loss to Dunedin. This was McClellan's first start
of the season after making his first two appearances of the year coming out of
Friday- Home runs by Hamilton and Shane Robinson were not enough as the Cards fell to Dunedin 6-4. Gary Daley Jr. pitched six
solid innings, allowing only three earned runs on three hits. Salas and Jon Mikrut yielded just one earned run between the two of them to finish up the game
for the Cards. The difference in the game was the two unearned runs that the
Cards allowed. Danilo Sanchez had two errors, the first of which was a throwing
miscue that allowed Luke Hetherington to score in the top of the third. Sanchez
picked up another error in the top of the seventh allowing another run to cross
Saturday- After Saturday's 6-2 loss to
Dunedin, starting pitcher Tyler Norrick
fell to 3-3 after having started the season 3-0. Norrick scattered nine hits
during six innings, allowing four runs and striking out five. Newly-acquired
Matt Trent allowed two runs in his two innings pitched and the Cards' other new
pitcher, Fernando Salas, closed out the game by tossing a scoreless ninth. The
pitchers received no help from their offense, who scored only two
Monday- The rain came down in Port St.
Lucie and the Cards were given an un-scheduled day off.
Tuesday- The Cards were finally able to end
their three-game losing streak by defeating the Mets 4-3 on Tuesday. Starting
pitcher Trey Hearne won his third game of the season by scattering nine hits and
allowing three runs in during his 6 2/3 innings pitched. On the offensive side
of the ball, Hamilton was the star, driving in all four
of the Cards' runs.
First Baseman Mark Hamilton has
eighteen hits and fourteen runs batted in during his last twelve games and was named FSL Player of the Week.
Catcher Brandon Yarbrough has
continued his strong season. His average is an impressive .297 with fourteen
runs batted in.
Third Baseman Allen Craig is still
the best hitter on this team, with a robust average of .312, eight home runs and
twenty-six runs batted in.
Beach Cardinals- The Cards are losers of three of
their past four and I'm sure manager Gaylen Pitts would agree - it's a team
effort to lose three of four games.
05/06/07--Pitcher Fernando Salas was
called up from extended spring training
05/11/07--Pitcher Zach Zuercher was called
up to Springfield.
05/12/07--Pitcher Matt Trent was optioned
Beach after being activated by Quad
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