The Palm Beach Cardinals Report – Week 16

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. Catcher Chris Grossman was a standout during a 1-4 week.

The Palm Beach Cardinals dropped four of their five games this week, and poor pitching seemed to be the culprit. New Cards Brandon Buckman, Luke Gorsett and Chris Grossman all played well but it wasn't enough to overcome the inconsistent pitching. The heavy rain provided the only relief from the losing for the Cards, as the team had two games rained out.


Wednesday - The Cardinals couldn't recover from a rough first inning from starter Brad Furnish, as they lost to Lakeland 5-3. Furnish tossed five innings giving up four runs on three hits and striking out only two on the twenty-one batters he faced.


The Cards tried to rally in the bottom of the fourth, as with one on and one out Brandon Buckman hit a fly ball single to right. The hit put a runner in scoring position for the hot-hitting Chris Grossman and he delivered with a line drive RBI single to right. After Buckman scored on a fielders choice ground ball out, Nathan Southard rolled a ball right back up the middle. With two outs and the slow footed Grossman running, centerfielder Ovandy Suero came up throwing and gunned down Grossman at home to end the inning and rally.


Relievers Trey Hearne, Robert Ransom and Matt Trent did their best to keep the Cards in the game, as they combined to pitch four innings of hitless relief.


Thursday - In what has been a reoccurring theme, Brandon Yarbrough provided all the offense for the Cardinals, but it wasn't enough as the Cards fell to the Jupiter Hammerheads 4-2. In the bottom of the first, Yarbrough ripped a line drive into the left field corner for a double, driving in Jon Jay and Dan Nelson.


P.J. Walters threw seven strong innings, allowing only six hits and mowing down an impressive nine Hammerhead batters. Walters had electric stuff and you could hear the pop of the mitt and the frustration in the eyes of opposing batters. Jon Mikrut was solid in his one inning of perfect relief, but Luke Gregerson was unable to lock down the save for just the third time this season. Hammerhead batters were not fooled by anything Gregerson threw and he was roughed up for three runs on three hits in just one inning.


Friday - Tyler Norrick lost his second start and the Cardinals lost their third straight, losing to Jupiter 11-3. Norrick was unable to find the strike zone as he walked four runners in just five innings.


Hearne was equally ineffective in his one and two thirds innings of relief, giving up five runs on five hits. Donnie Smith and Scott Vander Weg were able to stop the bleeding a little, as they combined to give up two runs in an innings and a third, which was an improvement over everyone else on Friday.


Sunday - After Saturday's rain out, the Cardinals were back in action on Sunday. Starter Eddie Degerman allowed six runs, four earned, in just four innings of work in the Cards' 9-3 loss to Jupiter.


Michael Cooper, Trent and Smith combined to close the flood gates, allowing three runs on five hits among the three of them. A.J. Van Slyke, Nelson, Southard, Grossman and Buckman all were able to get doubles, but it wasn't enough as only one other Cardinal got a hit.


Monday - Adam Ottavino was dominant in his six innings of work. He allowed only two runs and struck out seven as the Cards' won their opener against Daytona 6-2.


In the third, Isaias Garcia pulled a ball just over the fence in left to tie the ball game for the Cards at 1-1. New arrival Luke Gorsett's liner to left scored Van Slyke in the fourth and gave the Cards' a 2-1 lead. With the game still in doubt in the top of the eighth, Garcia drove in another run, this time on a triple off the wall in center. Garcia scored on a squeeze play and that was more than enough for the Cards' bullpen.


Mikrut and Gregerson pitched two innings of scoreless relief, helping the Cards to their win. Tuesday's game was rained out.


Hot - Chris Grossman. In his six games since being called up, he has two runs batted in and a double. Grossman has an impressive .450 batting average and a 1.000 OPS.


News and Notes

7-23-07: Springfield - Called up P.J. Walters from Palm Beach



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