The Palm Beach Cardinals Report: 07/02/08

The St. Louis Cardinals' Florida State League entry is trying to build upon their first-half championship. Brandon Dickson leads the way with a 3.12 ERA.



The Palm Beach Cardinals, first half champions in the Florida State League East Division, began the week with a win on Wednesday in their final installment of the four-game series against Fort Myers. The Cards took three of four from the Miracle (Twins).


Following a day off on Thursday, the Cardinals split a four-game home series with the Tampa Yankees.  Their Tuesday night doubleheader at the Vero Beach Rays was postponed due to rain, so on the week, Palm Beach went 3-2.


Where they Stand


In the second-half race in the FSL East, the Cardinals are treading water at 5-5, in fourth place, two games behind the leader, St. Lucie (Mets). Overall, the Cardinals are 47-33, seven games ahead of their nearest FSL East competition and second-best in the full league.


Who's Hot


Last Friday in the Yankees series opener, righty Kyle Mura took a tough loss in what would be his last start for the Cardinals, despite allowing just two runs in 6.1 innings.


Brandon Dickson went eight shutout innings against Tampa on Saturday, lowering his ERA to 3.12.

Lefty Tyler Norrick made his second start of the season in Monday's Yankees series finale and had a better outing this time. He went five innings and allowed just two runs on three hits and struck out seven.


Closer Francisco Samuel notched his 16th save of the season and struck out two in the ninth on Monday. The 21-year-old right-hander has 52 strikeouts in 34 innings, but has also walked 27.


Who's Not


Second baseman Daniel Descalso struggled in June, with a line of .159/.227/.203 (BA/OBP/SLG) in 69 at-bats.


Since coming off the DL in mid-June, infielder Dan Nelson has yet to find his stroke, with an .087 average (2-for-23) this season.


Outfielder Antone DeJesus went 13-for-64 (.203) last month.


Who's on the Move




Right-handed reliever Casey Mulligan was called up from the rookie level Gulf Coast League Cardinals.

Outfielder Tyler Henley was activated from the seven-day disabled list after completing his four-game rehab assignment with the GCL Cardinals.

Right-handed pitcher Mark Diapoules, outfielder Charlie Kingrey and first baseman Matt Arburr were promoted from class A Quad Cities.




Outfielder Jim Rapoport and right-handed pitcher Kyle Mura were promoted to the Double-A Springfield Cardinals of the Texas League.


On the Mend


Pitcher David Kopp remains on the seven-day disabled list. He hasn't pitched since May 17.


Pitcher Gary Daley, Jr. is on a rehab assignment with the GCL Cardinals, where he has allowed three earned runs in 2/3 of an inning over two outings.


First baseman Brandon Buckman joined them on the DL. He last played on Friday, June 27.


Florida State League Leaders


Shortstop Donovan Solano is 12th in batting average (.300).


Outfielder Daryl Jones is second in on-base percentage (.407) and fifth in slugging (.477).


Third baseman Tony Cruz is tied for third in RBIs (48).


Brandon Dickson's 3.12 ERA is tied for eighth-lowest.


Closer Francisco Samuel's 16 saves put him in a four-way tie for the league lead.


Up Next


The Cardinals will try to make up Tuesday's washed out game with a Wednesday double-header, starting at 5:00 P.M. Eastern. They meet Vero again on Thursday before returning home for a three-set weekend match against the Jupiter Hammerheads (Florida). The Cards then head to Clearwater (Phillies) for a four-game series starting on Monday.



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