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.
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.
Following the game, the Cardinals
traveled back to Jupiter to begin a three-game set with
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
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.
Tyler Henley, OF:
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
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.
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
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