The Palm Beach Cardinals Report – Week 21

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. Left-handed pitcher Tyler Norrick allowed just three runs in 13 innings pitched this past week.

The Palm Beach Cardinals went 4-3 this week against rivals St. Lucie Mets and Jupiter Hammerheads, moving the team within two and a half games of the first place Mets.


Wednesday, August 22 - The Cards got one in the first and one in the third but that's all they could muster in their 4-2 loss to Vero Beach.


In the top of the first, Brandon Yarbrough singled in Allen Craig on a liner to center. Later Craig hit a shot to left for his twentieth home run of the season. Tyler Norrick started and gave up two runs over six innings of work, Donnie Smith stuck out three in two innings and Scott Vander Weg picked up the loss.


Thursday, August 23 - Three runs in the first two innings helped the Cards to a 3-1 victory over Jupiter. Eddie Degerman went seven and picked up his fourth win of the season.


Mark Shorey drove in Dan Nelson on a double to right for a 1-0 Cardinal lead. Later in the bottom of third, Nelson drove in Nathan Southard on a line drive single to right center.


Degerman went seven; Jon Mikrut pitched a scoreless eighth and picked up his thirteenth hold on the season. Luke Gregerson shut down Hammerhead batters in the bottom of ninth for his twenty-fifth save on the season.


Friday, August 24 – Game 1 - Two runs in the top of the sixth were the only runs the Cards were able to score in their 8-2 loss to the Hammerheads.


Stuart Pomeranz started and gave up three runs, two earned, in two innings of work. Reliever Robert Ransom gave up a ridiculous seven runs in only three innings pitched.  Michael Cooper was able to stop the bleeding with one inning of scoreless relief.


Game 2 – Brandon Yarbrough drove in three runs and the Cards topped Jupiter, 6-3. The win gave Palm Beach a split of Friday's doubleheader.


Yarbrough ripped a single to left in the first and later drilled a two-run double to center. He is hitting .517 with nine RBIs in his last eight games. Trey Hearne finally had a good start; he gave up three runs on seven hits and two walks with four strikeouts over four and two thirds. Donnie Smith picked up his second win of the year, and Gregerson tossed a hitless seventh for his twenty-sixth save.


Saturday, August 25 – Allen Craig, Luke Gorsett and Nelson all went deep and the Cards whipped St. Lucie 12-2.


In the first inning, Craig hit a line drive home run to center and Nelson bombed a ball out to deep center during the Cards' three-run first. Gorsett pulled a ball deep to left for a grand slam and blew the game open for Palm Beach.


Adam Ottavino went five and gave up one run on four hits and Vander Weg pitched three scoreless innings of relief.


Sunday, August 26 - A.J. Van Slyke was the only Cardinal batter to register more than one hit during the Cards' 3-0 loss to St. Lucie.


Mark Mulder made another rehab start for Palm Beach and was solid in four innings of work. He gave up two hits and one run and lowered his earned run average to 1.93. Brad Furnish struck out three in over two innings of work, Smith tossed 1 1/3 of scoreless relief and Mikrut gave up one in one inning of work.


Monday, August 27 - The Cards faced off against former Cy Young Award winner Pedro Martinez and came out with a 3-1 win.


Norrick gave up only one run and stuck out seven in seven innings of work and picked up his eleventh win of the year. Gregerson pitched a scoreless ninth and earned his twenty-seventh save of the year.


With the score tied 1-1 in the bottom of the seventh, Craig singled in Nelson giving the Cards a 2-1 lead.


Hot - Allen Craig was called up to Springfield after hitting twenty home runs for the Palm Beach Cardinals.


News and Notes

8-25-07: Palm Beach - Called up P Julio Sanchez from GCL.

8-28-07: Palm Beach - Placed P Robert Ransom on the DL. Activated OF Shane Robinson from the DL.

8-28-07: Springfield - Called up 1B/3B Allen Craig from Palm Beach



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