The Palm Beach Cardinals Report – Week Six

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 night.


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 the bullpen.


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 the plate.


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 runs.


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.




The Palm 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.


News and Notes


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 to Palm Beach after being activated by Quad Cities.


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