The Palm Beach Cardinals Report: 05/14/08

Beat reporter Herb Uzzi's update on the 2008 season of the Palm Beach Cardinals of the Florida State League (A-Advanced). Outfielder Jim Rapoport stepped in smartly for injured Tyler Henley this past week.

Record:  4-3 week, 24-15 season

Longest Streak:  W2


The Palm Beach Cardinals turned in yet another winning week, and the Redbirds have opened a four game lead in the FSL East. 


They spilt a four-game series with the Dunedin Blue Jays before taking two of three from the slumping Hammerheads.  


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Tyler Henley, the Cardinals' lead-off hitter, was placed on the 7-day DL this week with a broken finger.  Henley has been one of the Cardinals most productive players, so they hope to get his bat back in the lineup as quick as possible.  On the year he is hitting .313 with a .902 OPS (on-base plus slugging), three homers and 13 RBI.  22 of his 30 hits this season have been for extra bases. 


Who's Hot


Shaun Garceau, P:  The West Palm Beach, FL native has excelled in his two appearances since being called up from Quad Cities. He pitched five scoreless innings in a 5-1 win over Dunedin on May 8, and then dealt three innings of one-run ball against the Hammerheads five days later for his second win in as many appearances. 


Brandon Buckman, 1B: Buckman responded to his appearance in last week's ‘Who's Not' by smacking his first home-run of the season.  On the week, he went 8-for-26 with the homer and four RBI. 


Jim Rapoport, OF: Rapoport, who has spent the majority of this season on the disabled list, exploded this week, filling in for the injured Henley.  He was 14-for-33 (.424), scored five runs, knocked in five and stole five bases.  He has an eight-game hit streak dating back to May 5th.  He is hitting .405 in that span.


The Week Ahead


The Cardinals will look to recapture their status as the FSL's best team this week, after red-hot Fort Myers took the title from them a week ago.  The Redbirds finish out this home stand with a three-game set against visiting Vero, before embarking on an eight-day road trip that will take them to Lakeland and Fort Myers for four games apiece. 



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