Palm Beach Cardinals Notebook 2010: Week 9

Palm Beach outfielder Chris Swauger has been on a tear since returning from the disabled list.

The Palm Beach Cardinals got the week started off on the right foot with two straight victories. To close out its road trip, the team took a tight game with Clearwater, 4-3. The Cardinals returned home and powered past Daytona 9-5.

But the Cubs would get their revenge with three straight victories over the home team. Daytona outscored Palm Beach 24-4 during the remainder of the series.

The team then split a double header with Charlotte, picking up a 3-0 victory in game one before falling in the night cap by a run, 3-2. To close out the week, Charlotte picked up another victory by the same score, 3-2.

During the week, Xavier Scruggs was named FSL Player of the Week for the period of May 31-June 6. The former UNLV Rebel batted .368 with four home runs and eight RBIs during the week.

Who's Hot

In his last 10 games, Chris Swauger has posted a line of .361/.442/.556 with five walks, four steals, and only two strikeouts.

In two starts during the week, Scott McGregor went 1-0 with an ERA of 0.75. In 12 innings of work, he allowed 12 hits and only one walk while picking up two strikeouts.

In 27.2 innings this season, Ramon Delgado has an incredible 0.65 ERA with 28 strikeouts and only four walks.

Who's Not

After a hot start, Rich Racobaldo has really begun to struggle. In his last 10 games, he is hitting only .079/.125/.079. On the bright side, he does have only three strikeouts during that period.

Richard Castillo made only one start during the week and could not make it out of the third inning. The young right-hander allowed seven runs on eight hits in only 2.1 innings.

Around The League

The Cardinals are now 32-28 and sit in third place in the Florida State League South. The team is three games behind division leading Charlotte.

Xavier Scruggs ranks fourth in the league with 10 home runs, sixth with a .520 slugging percentage, and tied for seventh with 38 RBIs. Tony Cruz is fourth in the league with 16 doubles while teammate while teammate Alex Castellanos is tied for seventh. Tommy Pham ranks seventh in the league with four triples.

Scott McGregor ranks second in the league with a 2.42 ERA. Teammate Mark Diapoules is sixth with a mark of 2.68.

Up Next

The FSL All-Star game is on Saturday, June 12. Six Cardinals have been named to the South's roster: Matt Frevert, Jose Garcia, Casey Mulligan, Racobaldo, Cruz, and Scruggs. Mulligan and Garcia will not be participating because they have since been promoted to Double-A Springfield.

Palm Beach does not return to action until June 14 when it begins a three-game series at Fort Myers.





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