This report covers the period from Friday, April 16 through Thursday, April 22.
After an 0-5 start, the Palm Beach Cardinals bounced back with five wins in its next six contests. The team saw its bats come alive with 33 runs plated during the stretch while the team's pitching staff held the opposition to 19 runs.
The Cardinals are now 6-6 on the season, 2.5 games behind first place Bradenton in the FSL South.
In the team's April 16 contest, leadoff man Jose Garcia started his night off with a bang with a leadoff home run. He would finish the night with five hits and two runs driven in. For the week he collected 13 hits (.406 average) with seven RBIs and a stolen base. Garcia is leading the team in average and RBIs.
Matt Carpenter had a hit in each game this week to increase his average to .310 to go along with a .524 slugging percentage. He is pacing the team with a .473 on base percentage and 12 walks.
Richard Castillo is shaping to be the staff ace for the Cardinals. In three starts covering 13.2 innings, the young right-hander has posted an ERA of 1.08 and is holding the opposition around the Mendoza line.
With the way he is pitching, Casey Mulligan could be making a return trip to Springfield sooner rather than later. The former backstop leads the team with two saves while he has yet to allow an earned run in five appearances. In seven innings of work, he has struck out 13 batters while walking only two.
Reliever Matt Frevert leads the team with two victories while posting a 1.35 ERA.
Making his encore in the Florida State League, Brian Broderick has gotten knocked around in his first three starts. While carrying the team's heaviest workload in the early going, he has posted an ERA of 6.60 with a .317 batting average against.
After a stellar spring, expectations were high for Tommy Pham this season. But the former Nevada prep star has gotten off to a slow start and is hitting .227 with 14 strikeouts in 44 at bats.
Tony Cruz spent the entire 2009 season in the Texas League, honing his craft as a catcher. To get Steven Hill lots of work behind the plate in 2010, Cruz was returned to Palm Beach to continue his development. The 23-year-old has struggled at the plate posting a slash line of .225/.326/.325 before two hits on Thursday raised his average to .244.
Around the League
Garcia's .375 average is tops in the Florida State League. The young infielder is tied for the league lead in hits with 21.
Matt Carpenter is second in the league in walks, third in on base percentage, and tenth in slugging percentage.
Palm Beach ranks fifth in the league in batting average and second in the league in on base percentage among the 12 Florida State League participants. On the pitching side, the team ranks ninth in ERA and dead last in strikeouts.
The team will be on the road for the next week with series at Charlotte, Fort Myers, and first place Bradenton.
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