The Palm Beach Cardinals Report: 06/14/08

Beat reporter Herb Uzzi's update on the 2008 season of the Palm Beach Cardinals of the Florida State League (A-Advanced). The club clinched the first-half title in the FSL East.

Record:  2-5 week, 41-26 season

Longest Streak: L3


The Cardinals may have only won two games this week, but one was huge.  Palm Beach clinched the first-half Florida State League East division title with a 2-1 win over Clearwater.  Injured Cardinal Jason Isringhausen made his first rehab start in the game, pitching two innings of one-hit ball.  Brandon Dickson came on in relief of Isringhausen and pitched six scoreless innings.


Comfortable in the nest


The Cardinals have excelled at home this season, posting a 26-11 as the home team. They are playing .500 (15-15) on the road, however. Factor in that the Redbirds are 5-2 as the "visitors" at Roger Dean, and the Cards are only 10-13 away from their friendly confines.


Comings and Goings


Josh Dew was promoted to Double-A Springfield on June 9.  Dew is the seventh pitcher on the Springfield roster that started at Palm Beach or lower this season – a testament to the arms in the organization. Kenny Maiques was recalled to Palm Beach from extended spring training to take Dew's spot.


Who's Hot


Daryl Jones, OF: Jones hit .307 (8-for-26) this week with a triple and four RBI.  In his last 10 games, the speedy outfielder is 12-for-37 with a homer, five RBI and three stolen bases.


Who's Not


Tony Cruz, C/3B:  Cruz only hit .166 (4-for-24) this week and his average is down to .253 for the season. He did, however, drive in Palm Beach's only two runs in the Cardinals division-clinching win.


Daniel Descalso, INF:  Descalso is really struggling right now.  He went 4-for-21 this week and has just five hits in his last 36 at-bats.  His run production has slowed as a result, as he has driven in only two runs in his last 10 games.


The Week Ahead


Saturday marks the FSL's All-Star Game, and the teams will also be given Sunday off.  The Cardinals get back at it on Monday, with a three-game series in Daytona.  They return home to "host" Jupiter, before playing the Hammerheads in a two-gamer as the visitors.



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