The Palm Beach Cardinals started the week with three days off for the Florida State League All-Star game. Xavier Scruggs reached base four times with three hits including a solo home run during the contest. Palm Beach teammate Rich Racobaldo went 1-for-4 while Tony Cruz went 0-for-2. The Cardinals Mark Diapoules made the start and spun one shutout inning. Reliever Matt Frevert also posted a scoreless frame. Late addition Ramon Delgado pitched 0.2 innings with one of the outs coming via strikeout.
The team seemed to come back rejuvenated after the All-Star break. Palm Beach posted victories at Fort Myers 8-5 and 11-9. The final game of the series was postponed due to rain and will be made up on June 22.
Tommy Pham is positioning himself for organizational Player of the Month honors. The team's best minor league hitter during spring training is hitting .419 and has only eight strikeouts during the month of June.
Chris Swauger quickly found his stroke after returning from the disabled list. Since returning to action, the outfielder is hitting .326/.429/.478 with five stolen bases in 13 games.
Jarred Bogany has feasted on Florida State League pitching since being promoted. The undrafted free agent is hitting .379/.379/.621 in his last 29 at bats.
In his last 10 games, Colt Sedbrook has only five hits in 34 at bats and has just one extra base hit this month.
Since the calendar flipped to June, Scruggs is batting only .191 but is slugging .489 with four home runs during that time.
Richard Castillo has allowed 11 earned runs in his last two outings covering 5.1 innings.
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The Cardinals now have a record of 34-28 and sit four games out of first place.
Scott McGregor and Diapoules rank first and second, respectively, in the Florida State League in ERA.
Scruggs ranks in the top 10 in home runs, RBIs, and slugging percentage in the circuit. The recently-promoted Cruz is tied for fifth in doubles while teammate Alex Castellanos ranks tied for seventh in the same category.
Palm Beach hosts St. Lucie for a three-game set before Fort Myers comes to town for a four-game series. Also, on June 22, the team will complete its postponed contest with the Miracle.
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