The Palm Beach Cardinals Report: 04/16/08

Beat reporter Herb Uzzi's update on the 2008 season of the Palm Beach Cardinals of the Florida State League (A-Advanced). Leadoff man Tyler Henley had a pair of big home runs on Tuesday.

Record:  3-3 week, 8-4 season

Longest streak: N/A


JUPITER -- After a red-hot start, the Palm Beach Cardinals have ventured back down toward Earth in the season's second week. 


The Cardinals split the first two games of the week against the Cubs in Daytona.  Palm Beach was bested 7-4 the first night, mostly due to poor defensive play.  Second-baseman Daniel Descalso committed three errors in back of Kyle Mura, who committed an error himself and was tagged with the loss.


Steve Hill saw action behind the plate for the first time this season after being used primarily as the designated hitter and responded by driving in three runs.


The following night, Palm Beach needed the services of only two pitchers to top the Cubs 2-1. The tandem of Kyle Sadlowski (5 IP) and Jess Todd (4 IP) combined to throw a four-hitter.


Following the game, the Cardinals traveled back to Jupiter to begin a three-game set with Brevard County.  Palm Beach suffered its first series loss of the season, dropping two of three games to the Manatees.


The Cardinals ended the week in exciting fashion.  Oft-injured lefthander Mark Mulder made his first rehab start Tuesday and performed better than expected in Palm Beach's 4-3 win. 


Mulder threw five innings, surrendered only six hits and a pair of runs while walking no one.  Lead-off hitter Tyler Henley led off the top of the first inning with a home run, and added what proved to be the game-winner; a go-ahead three-run shot in the bottom of the seventh.



Who's Hot


Tyler Henley, OF:  Henley hit his first two home runs of the season in Tuesday's win, and both were dramatic.  A lead-off and game-winning homer makes for a pretty special night.  Overall, Henley hit .476 (10-for-21) for the week, and drove in six runs. 


Steven Hill, DH:  Hill hit .409 (9-for-22) on the week and hit his first home run of the season – an absolute moon shot onto the balcony of a Hammerheads building located at least twenty feet behind the left-field fence.   He added two doubles, a triple and drove in five.


David Kopp, P:  Kopp went seven innings this week, allowing only five hits and an earned run.  He was the victim of some poor defense in Sunday's heartbreaking loss to Brevard County.  While not overpowering, Kopp still pitched effectively. 


Coming on?


Nick Derba, C:  After a horrendous start, Derba went 3-for-10 on the week with two doubles.  While he only threw out two of seven potential base-stealers, it hasn't become a concern due to Derba's proficiency in that area last season, when he threw out 53 % of base thieves. 


Still struggling 


Tommy Pham, OF:  A former shortstop turned centerfielder, Pham has not yet been able to turn around a slow start.  He went hitless (0-for-18) this week and struck out six times.  His torrid spring coupled with last year's promising performance shows that Pham has the ability, so look for him to turn it on with the bat in the upcoming weeks when the law of averages swings back around. 


The Week Ahead


The Cardinals play seven games in seven days, all at Roger Dean Stadium.  They finish the final two games of their three-game series with Daytona, before squaring-off with Jupiter for a pair. The Cardinals are 2-0 against the Hammerheads this season. 


Next, the Cardinals welcome in two teams they haven't seen yet this season.  The first series is a three-game set with the St. Lucie Mets followed by another three-game showdown, this time with Vero Beach. 



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