The Palm Beach Cardinals lost more games to the rain than they did to any opponent this week, as three consecutive games were rained out. The Cards' July 4th match-up against Fort Myers was called due to a massive rain storm, so they tried to follow the advice of, excuse the blasphemy, Mr. Cub Ernie Banks and play two on July 5th. Well, Mother Nature had different plans and gave the Cards a three-day Fourth of July vacation. When the Cards finally did get to play ball, they were impressive, winning three of their five games this week.
Thursday - Game 1 - In the 11th inning,
consecutive doubles by Jon Jay, Dan Nelson and Jim Rapoport gave Cards reliever
Jon Mikrut more than enough runs to seal the 5-0 victory over
Game 2 - One name, one man, one dominating
performance by Palm Beach Cardinals starter Adam Ottavino. The young
right-hander tossed his first complete game of his career, striking out four
Saturday - Another game, another dominating
performance by Cards ace Tyler Norrick.
Monday - After getting let down by their
bullpen on Sunday, Monday it was the starting pitching that failed the Cards' in
their 5-3 loss to Brevard County. Trey Hearne started the game for
Since June 30, Jon Jay has been hitting .341, with seven runs, five doubles, five runs batted in, two steals and one home run. Jay is really excelling at the low class-A level. In 15 games, Jay has two home runs and 32 total bases, bring his combined numbers to four home runs and 71 total bases.
Jon Mikrut has been an unsung hero of the Cards bullpen all season. This week, the hard-throwing right-hander pitched four scoreless innings, stuck out three and picked up his third win of the season.
Finally, Adam Ottavino started the season with a 3-5 record, but in his last four starts, he is 4-0 with a 0.67 earned run average. Now Ottavino is 7-5 with 89 strikeouts in 88 innings pitched.
I'm glad to say that no Palm Beach Cardinal really stood out to me as struggling this week, so I'm giving the not "hot" tag to the rainy weather. Let's hope we can play all our games this week.
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