The Palm Beach Cardinals Report – Week 22

Our final 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. Closer Luke Gregerson saved three straight victories in the final week of the season before his promotion to Springfield.

The Palm Beach Cardinals finished their final week of the regular season with a 3-2 record. They took two from Brevard and split against Jupiter, to finish second in the Florida State League's Eastern Division second-half with a 35-35 record, just 2.5 games behind St. Lucie.


Overall, they won 71 and lost 69, again second-best, five games behind first-half winner Brevard County, who also posted the best overall record over the full season.


Wednesday, August 29 - The Cards were able to bounce back for an early 4-0 deficit, getting seven runs in the fifth in route to a 10-7 win over Brevard County.


After back to back singles from Nathan Southard and Danilo Sanchez and a walk to Shane Robinson, Isaias Garcia came to bat with the bases loaded. Garcia bounced the third pitch he saw up the middle scoring Southard. Another grounder from Dan Nelson scored Sanchez and a line drive single by Mark Shorey plated Garcia and drove the Manatees starting pitcher out of the game. Brandon Yarbrough welcomed the new pitcher by hitting a bases clearing triple to right, and he later scored on a wild pitch, giving the Cards an 8-5 lead.


Eddie Degerman got the start and picked up his fifth win of the season after giving up five runs in five inning of work. Jon Mikrut, Donnie Smith and Luke Gregerson combined to give up two runs over four innings pitched.


Thursday, August 30 - The Cards rode three runs in the first and a great start from Stuart Pomeranz to a 4-1 victory over Brevard.


A Jim Rapoport single to left and a Nelson walk set the stage for Mark Shorey to bomb a three-run home run to right that gave the Cards a 3-0 lead. A home run to left by Garcia in the second was the only other run Palm Beach registered in their 4-0 win.


Pomeranz earned his first win of the season, pitching five innings, striking out four and giving up one run. Trey Hearne came out of the bullpen for a solid appearance, striking out two in two innings of work. Gregerson pitched a scoreless ninth for his 29th save of the season.


Friday, August 31 - Adam Ottavino struggled in his eighth loss of the season. He gave up six runs, two earned, in five innings pitched as Palm Beach lost to Brevard, 11-2.       


The bullpen wasn't any better, as Julio Sanchez and Michael Cooper combined to give up five runs on five hits. The offense for the Cards came from Nelson, as he was 5-for-5 with a double and a run batted in.


Saturday, September 1 - A two-run double to right by Sanchez wasn't enough for the Cards in their 4-3 loss to Jupiter.


A Chris Grossman double and a RBI single to left brought the Cards within one, but that was the only run the team could register in the top of the ninth.


Starter Tyler Norrick struck out eight and gave up two runs in six innings, Scott Vander Weg gave up one run in two innings pitched and Mikrut was charged with the game-winning run.


Sunday, September 2 - Trey Hearne made his second solid appearance of the week, giving up zero runs in five innings of relief and earned the win in the Cards' 4-3 victory.


The Cards took a 2-0 lead on a Luke Gorsett two-run home run to left in the bottom of the fourth and that was enough for their 4-3 win, ending the 2007 Palm Beach Cardinals' season on a high note.



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