Palm Beach Cardinals Notebook: 2010 Week 4

A five-game winning streak has helped propel Palm Beach to a first place tie in the Florida State League South division.

This report covers the period from Friday, April 30 through Thursday, May 6.

Palm Beach started the week at 11-8 on the season and in a tie for second place, only one and half games behind first-place Bradenton in the Florida State League South. But the Cardinals won their first five games of the week to vault into first place. The team dropped its final two games of the period to drop back into a first place tie with Charlotte.

In Thursday night's action, Palm Beach was no hit by three Jupiter pitchers including former Detroit Tigers' first round pick and current Florida Marlin, Andrew Miller.

Who's Hot

Twelve and counting, that's where reliever Casey Mulligan stands. The right hander has still to allow an earned run in 12 innings this season while striking out 23 batters.

In his first start of the season, Mark Diapoules spun five hitless innings while striking out four against Bradenton.

Scott McGregor seems to be finding a home in the Cardinals' bullpen. In five innings since the switch, he has not allowed an earned run.

As the weather is heating up in Florida, Alex Castellanos is heating up at the plate. The utility man hit .346 during the week and reached base in every game.

Xavier Scruggs put together one of his best games as a professional on May 4. The UNLV product had three hits including a home run and five RBIs.

Over his last 10 games, Tony Cruz is hitting .317/.391/.488 with a home run and six RBIs.

Who's Not

Matt Carpenter has been one of the team's best offensive producers this season. But he had a rough week going 3-for-19 (.158).

Who's Hurt

On the Palm Beach disabled list are the following: Scott Bittle, George Brown, Kevin Thomas, Francisco Rivera, and Chris Swauger.

Ramon Delgado returned from the disabled list and contributed a shutout inning on May 5.

Around the League

The Cardinals have posted a record of 16-10 and are tied with Charlotte for the top spot in the Florida State League South.

The team ranks fourth in team batting and second in on base percentage and runs. On the mound, Palm Beach is ninth in team ERA and dead last in strikeouts.

Up Next

After finishing up a "road trip" with Roger Dean Stadium roommates Jupiter, the team will play host to the Toronto Blue Jays' affiliate, Dunedin.



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