The Palm Beach Cardinals Report – Week 18

Our exclusive weekly report on the 2007 edition of the Single-A Palm Beach Cardinals of the Florida State League from our on-site beat reporter in Jupiter, Jim Rutledge. Catcher Brandon Yarbrough has six RBI in five August games.

The Palm Beach Cardinals got off to a great start to the week, winning two in a row, but things took a turn for the worse after that. After back-to-back home victories over the hated Cubs, the Cards collapsed, losing three straight to the St. Lucie Mets and two of three to the Dunedin Blue jays. Even though it was a tough week, here is a recap of the week that was.


Wednesday Game 1 - Brad Furnish had his best outing of the season; tossing five dominant innings, allowing zero runs on only two hits while striking out six. Furnish's strong pitching was more than enough as the Cards beat the Cubs 7-2.


Luke Gorsett was amazing on Wednesday, accounting for six of the Cards' seven runs. Gorsett got the Cards off to a great start, as he came to bat in the bottom of the first with the bases loaded and launched the first good pitch he saw over the left field fence. In the third, with Brandon Yarbrough at third, Gorsett hit a rope to left center for a RBI double, giving the Cards a 6-0 lead.


Reliever Donnie Smith had a tough time keeping the Cubs at bay, but he was able to close out the game. Smith gave up two runs in just two innings.


Wednesday Game 2 - Tyler Norrick won his team-leading ninth game as the Cards were able to help Norrick win a 2-0 pitching duel against the Cubs. Norrick pitched seven innings, allowing three hits, no runs and striking out seven. The outing lowered Norrick's earned run average to an amazing 3.07.


The only offensive highlight for the Cards was Brandon Buckman's two-run bomb to left in the fifth. Even though the Cards had only the one highlight, it was huge as Buckman was the only man to put crooked numbers on the board for either team.


Thursday - The Cardinals couldn't do anything right as the Mets dominated the whole team during the Cards' 10-3 loss.


Starter Eddie Degerman lost his fourth game, after giving up seven runs on eight hits and two walks while fanning three in just 3 1/3 frames.


Isa Garcia ripped two doubles to center and scored twice for the Cards. Jon Jay and Buckman tried to help the Cards' cause, each driving in a run for Palm Beach. But it wasn't enough as the Cards' four-game winning streak ended, leaving the team with a disappointing 19-20 record since the All-Star break.


Friday - The Cards dropped their second straight against the Mets, but this time the Cards were able to make the game a little closer, losing 4-2.


Starter Adam Ottavino took his sixth defeat of the year surrendering four runs on six hits and two walks while fanning just three over 6 1/3 innings. The streaking Ottavino lost for the first time in his last ten starts.


Offensively, A.J. Van Slyke did what he could to help the Cards, doubling and scoring a run in the second. Yarbrough continued hot hitting, delivering an RBI single in the fourth for the Cards.


Saturday - The Cards' 8-5 loss to the Mets completed the devastating series against the Mets; it is never good to be swept in your own ball park.


Luke Gorsett was dominating, going 3-for-4 with an RBI for the Cards. Allen Craig, Garcia and Donovan Solano each drove in a run. But that was all the Cards were able to muster and it wasn't enough to bounce back from a poor starting pitching performance by Trey Hearne.


Hearne gave up seven runs on seven hits and three walks with three strikeouts over five innings. Hearne can't seem to buy a victory lately; in fact he hasn't won since June 23.


Sunday - The Cards traveled to Dunedin hoping to bounce back from their disappointing series against the Mets. But Sunday was no better than their past games, as the Cards lost their fourth straight. This time, Dunedin shut down the Cards 8-0.


After a great outing on Wednesday, Furnish had a rough one Sunday, giving up five runs on six hits and five walks in 5 1/3 innings pitched.


The Cards were able to hit the ball well, but just couldn't drive in any runs. Jay went 2-for-4 with a double and Gorsett also doubled, but they were the only ones who could get anything done on Sunday.


Monday - For the second time this week, the Cards were dominated by a opponent, as this time Dunedin whipped the Cards 11-3 on Monday.


Norrick had what could have been one of his worst outings on the year as he gave up nine runs on seven hits and five walks in only 4 1/3 innings pitched.


Garcia was one of the only offensive highlights for the Cards; he went 2-for-4 with a solo home run to left field. Yarbrough had another strong performance, smacking a RBI double in the eighth.


Tuesday - Finally a win; after five straight losses, the Cards needed a win badly and they finally got it, defeating Dunedin 13-10.


The pitching obviously struggled but they did come through in the end, holding off Dunedin so the Cards could win. Degerman started the game and gave up six runs on five hits and six walks while fanning four in four innings. Luke Gregerson earned his third win of the year, allowing two hits in three scoreless innings to pick up the victory.


Brandon Yarbrough ripped a two-run double to center in the top of the 12th inning, to give the Cards their first win in five tries. Earlier in the same inning, Yarbrough delivered the go-ahead run a double deep to right field.


Hot - In his last ten games Brandon Buckman has two home runs, two doubles and nine runs batted in.


Not - Starter Eddie Degerman is 0-4 in his last five starts, with an era well over ten, and he has walked eleven batters in his last twelve innings pitched.



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