Record: 6-1 week, 39-21 season
Longest Streak: W6
All in all, it was a pretty good
week for the Palm Beach Cardinals.
The Redbirds went 6-1, extended their Florida State League East division
lead to nine games and put themselves in position to capture the first-half
division title Friday night at
The Cardinals lone loss came in
the week' first game, a 5-1 defeat at the hands of the St. Lucie Mets. Shaun Garceau started for
Next, the Cardinals welcomed in the Daytona Cubs and promptly swept them out of town with three one-run victories. Matt Clement made a rehab start in the middle game of the series and produced a stellar outing. He pitched six innings of shutout ball, allowing only one base runner (a single) and struck out five. It was Clement's first start of 2008, after being on the mend for the entirety of 2007. The Cardinals got RBIs from Andrew Brown and Tony Cruz, who hit a solo homer, in the win.
Mura receives FSL honors
With the return of first-baseman
Brandon Buckman from the 7-day DL, the Cardinals now boast three players from
The first-place Cardinals will
send three representatives to the FSL All-Star Game on June 14. Cruz, infielder Donovan Solano and
outfielder Daryl Jones will be on hand for the festivities at
Comings and Goings
Brandon Buckman was reinstated from the disabled list on May 29, and Scott Vander Weg was promoted to Double-A Springfield.
Brad Furnish, P: Furnish won two games for the Cardinals this week, dealing 12 innings and giving up only four runs and 10 hits.
Kyle Mura, P: It has been customary for FSL award winners to find their names in this section, so the tradition will continue with Mura. He was named the league's top pitcher for last week, and pitched into the ninth and eighth innings, respectively, in two starts.
Tony Cruz, C/3B: Cruz batted .400 (8-for-20) this week, with a double, triple and a homer. Cruz also drove in five runs.
Daniel Descalso, IF: Descalso hit a meager .083 (2-for-24) this week and scored only one run. His average is down to .231 for the season.
Brandon Buckman, 1B: Buckman has struggled since returning from the disabled list, hitting only .143 (3-for-21). Buckman, however, did slug his second homer of the season in a June 4th win over Daytona.
The Week Ahead
The Cardinals have a chance to
clinch a post-season birth this weekend in
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