After starting the season with five straight losses, the Cardinals improved to the point that they began this week at the .500 mark. The team fell 8-1 on Friday before rattling off four straight wins. During the team's four-game winning streak, the Redbirds plated 31 runs while allowing only 15.
The streak came to an end with a 12-8 loss against red hot Bradenton. Palm Beach rebounded to avenge the loss the next night with a 6-2 victory against the Blue Jays. The Cardinals are now 11-8 on the season.
After appearing on the Who's Not list last week, Tony Cruz took this week to turn his season around. The Palm Beach catcher went 11-for-24 with six RBI and added his first home run of the season on Thursday night. Cruz now leads the team with a .314 average.
Xavier Scruggs went 10-for-20 during the week to raise his average to .300. The X-man added two home runs and six RBIs to put himself into consideration for league player of the week honors.
After a slow start, Arquimedes Nieto appears back on track. The right-hander has put together back-to-back solid starts covering 12 2/3 innings. Nieto picked up his first victory on Thursday and is now tied with Richard Castillo for the team lead in innings pitched.
Casey Mulligan appears to have done all he can do in the Florida State League. The fireballing right-hander has pitched 10 shutout innings this season with a whopping 19 strikeouts and only two walks.
After an outstanding start, shortstop Jose Garcia has come back to earth. Over his past 10 games, the 22-year-old is hitting .208/.222/.264. This season the Venezuelan is hitting .299/.315/.391.
Former 10th round pick Alex Castellanos has found it hard to find his groove this season. The athletic utility player is hitting only .182 in 55 at bats for the Cardinals.
Returning to action was the highly-rated relief prospect Francisco Samuel.
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Palm Beach now stands at 11-8 on the season. This puts the Cardinals in a tie for second and only one and half games behind first place Bradenton in the FSL South.
The Cardinals are second in the Florida State League in hitting but are still more than 25 points off league-leading Bradenton. The team also ranks second in on base percentage and third in slugging.
On the bump, the team ranks next to last in team ERA. The Cardinals rank last in team strikeouts and next to last in WHIP.
The Cardinals will close out the month of May at home against their Roger Dean Stadium neighbors, the Jupiter Hammerheads. The team will then welcome in first place Bradenton before taking on Jupiter once again.
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