The Palm Beach Cardinals Report – Week 19

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. Shortstop Dan Nelson had three home runs in four days.

The Palm Beach Cardinals could not take advantage of unexpected power from Dan Nelson, as Palm Beach only won two games during this short week. Allen Craig looks like he is returning to his All-Star form, hitting two bombs to center this past week.

Hopefully the Cards can use their off days of Monday and Tuesday (rain) and figure out how to win some more games next week.


Wednesday, August 8 - A blast to dead center by Allen Craig (18) was the only highlight for the Cardinals, as they were dominated by Dunedin 13-3 on Wednesday.


Starter Adam Ottavino (9-7) gave up four runs on five hits, two of them being home runs. Relievers Robert Ransom and Donnie Smith faired no better, combining to give up nine runs, six earned, on three home runs.


Craig also added a RBI in the top of the sixth, driving in Danilo Sanchez on a line drive single to left.


Thursday, August 9 - Rare home runs from Brandon Yarbrough (fourth) and Dan Nelson (first) couldn't overcome suspect pitching as the Cards lost to Tampa 10-7 on Thursday. Yarbrough went deep on home run that carried in the eight MPH wind just over the fence in right. Nelson hit a big, game tying, three-run home run in the top of the third.


Trey Hearne (4-10) saw his earned run average rise to a season high 6.59, as he gave up seven runs, five earned, on a whopping ten hits, in just six innings of work. Michael Cooper didn't stop the bleeding, but at least he slowed it down a little, giving up three runs in his two innings of work.


Friday, August 10 - Nelson continued his power surge and Craig was his usual impressive self, as both went deep, helping the Cards win at Tampa 7-3 on Friday. In the top of the fifth Nelson (second) ripped a home run to right and Craig (19) made it back-to-back jacks, launching a ball deep to center.


Starter Brad Furnish (2-3) had a solid start, giving up three runs on five hits in his five innings of work. The Cards' bullpen had their best outing in almost a week. Scott Vander Weg, Jon Mikrut and Luke Gregerson combined to give up zero runs on just one hit in their combined three innings of relief.


Saturday, August 11 - Brandon Buckman, Luke Gorsett, A.J. Van Slyke and Nelson were the only Cards batters to get hits on Saturday as the Cards were shut out 6-0 by Tampa.


Tyler Norrick (9-9) continued his struggles, giving up six runs on nine hits, raising his earned run average 3.81. Matt Trent and Smith were outstanding in relief, allowing zero runs and no hits in their combined two innings of work.


Sunday, August 12 – Nelson's strange power surge continued, as he hit his third home run of the week and season as the Cards won an exciting 5-4 contest over Tampa. Nelson drove in Jim Rapoport in the top of the first, hitting a ball that just carried over the fence in right.


With the score tied in the top of the ninth and Yarbrough on first, Chris Grossman ripped a double to right. Gorsett then came through with a looping fly ball single to right that drove in Yarbrough for what turned out to be the winning run.


Vander Weg (4-4) picked up the win, tossing two scoreless innings of relief and lowering his earned run average to 4.44. Closer Gregerson picked up his twenty-first save of the season, tossing a hitless bottom of the ninth.


Hot - Dan Nelson his three home runs this week, in what was one of the more unexpected power surges of the year.


Not – Jim Rapoport is hitting just .205 with no home runs, one run batted in and eight strikeouts in his last ten games.



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