Record: 17-8 season, 4-2 week
Longest Streak: W3
The Palm Beach Cardinals picked up where they left off last week and are quickly transforming a red-hot start into a great first half of the season.
In the first game, however, the
Cardinals got through on Tampa Rays ace Scott Kazmir, who was making a rehab
start for Vero.
They did suffer a minor set-back
in St. Lucie, of all places, where the Cards dropped two of three games to the
last place Mets. In the second
The two teams played to a stalemate through 13 innings, before the slumping Tommy Pham delivered a pinch-hit, RBI single to give the Cardinals a 4-3 lead.
Reliever Francisco Samuel stayed
in to try and secure the win, but instead relinquished a two-out, walk-off,
three-run homer to Brahaim Moldonado, and
In the series' final game, the Cardinals managed to fend off a sweep and salvage a winning week. Kyle Sadlowski turned in five innings of two-run ball and the offense did the rest as the Cardinals rolled 9-5.
Outfielder, base-stealer and newly-discovered power hitter Daryl Jones was activated from the disabled list this week, and the 20-year-old Jones didn't skip a beat.
He's hit in all four games since being activated and is batting .375 (6-for-16) during that span. He also has a double, triple and three RBIs.
Steven Hill, C/DH: Hill is becoming a weekly staple in "Who's Hot," but he is putting together a very solid season. This week, he hit his third homer of the year and drove in five runs in only six games. He also walked five times in only 17 at-bats.
Tyler Henley, OF:
Brandon Buckman, 1B: Buckman, who has been strong all season, suffered through a 4-for-25 week at the plate. Buckman did drive in three runs, all in the same game, but didn't record an extra base hit in that span. He is still hitting .300 on the season, and will most likely revert to his run-producing ways in the weeks to come.
The Week Ahead
The Cardinals close out the month
tonight at Vero, where they will continue their current road trip. After three with the Devil Rays, the
Cardinals will return home for a 14-game home stand, starting with a four game
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