Record: 5-2 week, 28-17 season, first place (four game lead)
Longest Streak: W3
The Palm Beach Cardinals were back to their usual selves this week after playing .500 ball the week before.
The Redbirds started the week with a 2-1, 12-inning win over the Jupiter Hammerheads in the finale of their three-game series. Left-hander Brad Furnish turned in one of his best starts, going five scoreless innings and allowing only two hits, and the bullpen did the rest. Mark McCormick and Josh Dew combined for five scoreless innings, allowing a total of six base runners, and struck out 10. The Cards took the lead in the top of the 12th when Jim Rapoport, filling in for the injured Tyler Henley, scored on a wild pitch. Jon Mikrut closed the game for the save.
The next night, the Cards once again edged Vero, winning their third one-run game in as many days. Luke Gorsett drove in two runs, Kyle Sadlowski pitched five solid innings and Elvis Hernandez pitched two innings in relief to pick up the win.
After failing to secure the sweep of the Rays (an 11-3 shellacking at the hands of Vero Beach), the Cards headed to Lakeland to start a four-game set with the Tigers, where they dropped the first game 4-0. The Cards, however, took the next two and are paced to win yet another series.
Comings and Goings
First-round pick Mark McCormick was called up to Double-A Springfield, while Eddie Degerman was brought up to Palm Beach from Extended Spring Training (Batavia). Also, Brandon Buckman, the 2007 Mid-Season All-Star, was placed on the 7-day disabled list and Andrew Brown was promoted from Quad Cities to take his spot.
Brian Cartie, 3B: Since joining
Daryl Jones, OF: Jones had his best week since rejoining the Cardinals after his injury. He went 9-for-21 (.429) this period with a double, two home runs and five RBI and has built his average back up to .320.
Cardinals Pitchers: The Cardinals pitching staff as a whole has been great all year. They currently rank second in the Florida State League in earned runs allowed and ERA, and first in saves and hits allowed.
The Week Ahead
The Cardinals will look to
continue their first-place ways during the upcoming week. They close out their four-game set with
the Lakeland Tigers on Wednesday before heading to
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