The Palm Beach Cardinals Report: 05/07/08

Beat reporter Herb Uzzi's update on the 2008 season of the Palm Beach Cardinals of the Florida State League (A-Advanced). Steven Hill slammed three home runs last week for the first-place club.

Record:  3-4 week, 20-12 season

Longest Streak: L2


The Palm Beach Cardinals ran into a hot Vero Beach team and a Sarasota team they haven't seen yet this season, and suffered their worst week of the season as a result.  Fortunately for the Redbirds, their slow week didn't affect their first place standing in the Florida State League East.  At 20-12, Palm Beach is holding on to a three-game lead over Brevard County.  They are also a game ahead of Fort Myers and Tampa (19-13) for the best record in the FSL.


Palm Beach kicked off the week with a three-game set at Vero Beach.  The Cards took the first game 5-2 thanks in part to another good outing by Brandon Dickson.  Steven Hill continued his hot-hitting by knocking his fourth homer of the season, a solo shot that started a three-run sixth inning rally that put the Cardinals up for good.


The series' final two games were a different story, however.  The Cardinals dropped a 5-4 decision as Vero Beach scored a run in the bottom of the ninth.  The loss overshadowed another home run by Hill, his fifth.  In the finale, Palm Beach managed only one run, coming on a Daniel Descalso solo homer, on six hits as they fell 4-1.


The Cardinals returned home and split a four-game series with the Sarasota Reds.  The first game of the series, a 5-4 Cards triumph, produced fireworks from start to finish.  The red-hot Hill hit another home run, a solo shot in the first inning, and Donovan Solano produced the game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the ninth to secure the win. 


Palm Beach was unable to carry the momentum into the following game, when they were held to one run on four hits, and committed two errors. 




Palm Beach pitcher Jess Todd was named the Cardinals Minor League Pitcher of the Month for April this week.  Todd went 3-0 in six April appearances and posted a miniscule 1.48 ERA.  He struck out 31 batters in 24 1/3 innings of work.  Todd allowed only three extra-base hits, none of which were homers and parlayed it into a promotion to Double-A Springfield.


Who's Hot


Donovan Solano, SS: Solano is quietly leading this Cardinals team in hitting at a .328 clip.  The Colombian-born shortstop raised that average this week with a 9-for-24 showing.


Steven Hill, DH:  Sooner or later, Hill is going to need his own "Who's Hot" column.  He had his most powerful period of the season this week, banging three homers and driving in four.  On the season, he is hitting .324 with six home runs and 23 RBIs.


Jess Todd, P: Being named the organization's Pitcher of the Month is usually not enough by itself to make this very discriminatory list; but in this case, we have to make an exception.  He started his May off the way he ended his April, pitching three innings of one-run ball in his only outing this week.


Who's Not


Brandon Buckman, 1B: Buckman only appeared in three games this week and went hitless in his seven at-bats.  He is only 2 for his last 24 and has yet to hit a home run this year.


The Week Ahead


The Cards continue their four-game set at home with the Dunedin Blue Jays (18-16, 4th in FSL West) before taking a well-deserved day off on Sunday.  They round out the week with a three-game set with the Jupiter Hammerheads (16-17, 4th in FSL East) at Roger Dean.



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