Coming off a rollercoaster week, Palm Beach rebounded to put together one of its best weeks of the early season. The week started with a disappointing 7-2 loss against Lakeland. The team came back nicely to take the next two games by scores of 6-3 and 5-4.
The Cardinals then hit the road to Clearwater where they dropped game one to the Threshers. Staff ace Richard Castillo stepped on the mound the following night and righted the ship as Palm Beach shut out Clearwater, 6-0.
The team finished the week with a thrashing of the Threshers. The Cardinals pounded out 11 hits and drew nine walks that led to a 13-run outburst. While the offense exploded, the pitching staff worked around seven walks to spin the team's second consecutive shutout.
Since being activated by the Cardinals from extended spring training, Jarred Bogany has been exceptional at the plate. The former non-drafted free agent is hitting .308/.333/.423 in 52 at bats.
Xavier Scruggs had four multi-hit games during the week to raise his average to .300. He now has eight home runs on the season to pace his team.
Tommy Pham has 10 hits in his last four games to raise his average to .250.
In 16 appearances covering 22 2/3 innings, Ramon Delgado has allowed only one earned run this season. Also, the 23-year-old has posted a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 25-to-3.
Starter Mark Diapoules is now 5-0 with a 2.66 ERA while posting a groundball-to-flyball ratio of better than two-to-one.
Domnit Bolivar hit only .164 during the month of May and is now hitting .202 on the season. Strikeouts have plagued the 21-year-old as he has struck out in almost 30% of his at bats.
Outfielder Devin Shepherd might have not been ready for the Florida State League. Shepherd is hitting only .171/.194/.257 in 35 at bats since joining Palm Beach before hitting the disabled list this past week.
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Palm Beach is sitting in second place in the FSL South with a record of 29-23. The team is one and a half games behind first place Bradenton.
Scruggs' eight home runs is the fourth best mark on the circuit while he is third in slugging percentage and tied for sixth in RBIs.
Diapoules ranks sixth in ERA and tied for seventh in victories. Matt Frevert is tied for the top mark in the league in wins with six.
The Cardinals finish off the series with Clearwater before returning home to host the Daytona Cubs. When that four-game set concludes, Charlotte once again returns to Roger Dean Stadium for three games in two nights.
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