The Palm Beach Cardinals Report – Week Seven

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. Adam Ottavino extended his scoreless innings pitched to 12, helping the club to a 5-2 week.

The Palm Beach Cardinals are experiencing a much better week than last, as they are winners of five of their past seven games. The Cards' winning ways have put them back into second place in the Florida State League Eastern Division, only two games behind first place Brevard County. Let's take a look back at how the Cards moved back up the standings.


Wednesday, 5/16 - After winning both games of a double header against The St. Lucie Mets, the Cards dropped the final game of their three-game series. The Mets scored early and often in their 5-2 victory over the Cards, who were led offensively by Allen Craig and his three hits. Gary Daley Jr. started the game and gave up five runs in just over four innings pitched, Donnie Smith and Matt Trent came out of the bullpen and combined to pitch three scoreless innings.


Thursday, 5/17 - After the Cards defeated the Devil Rays 10-7 in their completion of a rain suspended April 15th contest, the Cards and Rays played their scheduled game. Starting pitcher Tyler Norrick finally got back on track as he pitched six innings, allowing only one run on two hits. Norrick was literally un-hittable for the first five innings of the game, as he took a no-hitter into the sixth. Matt Trent picked up the save allowing no base runners in his inning of work. Left fielder Ian Church drove in one of the runs in the first inning and Mark Hamilton drove in what turned out to be the deciding run in the third.


Friday, 5/18 - The Cards' won their second straight over the Devil Rays, this time by a score of 9-5. Adam Daniels got the start and tossed five decent innings, scattering five hits and allowing three runs, only one earned. His solid work allowed Daniels picked up his first victory in over a month. Offensively Craig was the story. The talented first baseman drove in four and smashed his tenth home run of the season.


Saturday, 5/19 - Their third straight victory was aided by a strong outing by starting pitcher Adam Ottavino, who fanned nine while tossing five scoreless innings. Ottavino extended his scoreless inning streak to twelve. Craig continued his hot hitting, driving in two, hitting two doubles and scoring a run. Mark Hamilton, Jose Martinez and Church also contributed to the victory by driving in two each. 


Sunday, 5/20 - Cards' starter Trey Hearne lost a pitcher's duel by a margin of 2-1 on Sunday. Hearne pitched eight innings, allowing only two runs on eight hits, but was outdone by Oswaldo Sosa of Fort Myers. Starting catcher Brandon Yarbrough drove in the only run for the Cards.


Monday, 5/21 - The Cards got back to their winning ways on Monday, defeating the Fort Myers Miracles 3-2. Gary Daley Jr. got the start and picked up the victory while pitching six innings and allowing no Miracle runner to advance past second base. Reliever Luke Gregerson picked up his eighth save of the season. Church was the offensive star of the game, driving in two on an RBI double in the third.


Tuesday, 5/22- Tyler Norrick picked up his fifth win of the season, and the Cards won their fifth of the week after they held on to defeat Fort Myers 3-2. Norrick pitched five strong innings and handed the game over the bullpen, which did an outstanding job. Kyle McClellan and Scott Vander Weg each earned their first holds of the season and Gregerson picked up his ninth save of the season.




Starting Pitcher Adam Ottavino extended his scoreless inning streak to twelve on Saturday. He was dominant in his start, striking out nine, picking up his third win of season and lowering his earned run average to 2.14.


Allen Craig was dominating for another week. The talented prospect is now hitting .339 with ten home runs and he has driven in 35.


Tyler Norrick won two games this week. In his first start, Norrick didn't allow a hitter until the sixth. In his second win, the ace pitched 5.2 innings and struck out five.


News and Notes


5/19 - Utility player Casey Rowlett was called up to Springfield. During his time with the Cards, Casey hit .259 with one home run and ten runs batted in.


Craig is second in the Florida State League in batting average (.341), first in home runs (10) and runs batted in (35).


Hearne is first in the FSL in innings pitched (54.2) and Norrick is tied for the league lead in wins (5).



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