It was a productive week for the Palm Beach Cardinals. Of nine games (eight scheduled and a completion of a suspended game), the team picked up six victories during the span.
The highlight of the week had to be the team's Monday double header against St. Lucie. In the first game, Richard Castillo was brilliant in a seven-inning complete game. The right-hander allowed only two hits while striking out four Miracle batters.
After plating only one run in the first game, the Cardinal bats exploded in the nightcap. The Cardinal team scored 12 runs and was led by leadoff man Chris Swauger's three hits and two runs scored.
Ramon Delgado continues to be one of the hottest pitchers in the entire minor leagues. The reliever has posted a paltry 0.79 ERA in 24 appearances covering 34.1 innings. During that stretch, he has racked up 37 strikeouts while allowing only eight walks.
In his last nine games, Tommy Pham has looked like a man on a mission. Pham is hitting .385/.514/.500 with three steals and more walks than strikeouts.
David Carpenter has allowed only one earned run in his last nine appearances. Along the way, he has picked up three saves.
Since being demoted from Springfield, Charles Cutler is hitting a paltry .219/.333/.250. Of his seven hits, only one has gone for extra bases.
On the Move
Staff aces Mark Diapoules and Scott McGregor was promoted during the week to Double-A Springfield after ranking atop the leaderboard in ERA during the 2010 season. Replacing the pair will be Scott Schneider and Mike Blazek.
Schneider was named to the Midwest League All-Star team and then promoted to Pam Beach. In his Florida State League debut, the right-hander hurled six shutout innings. Blazek was roughed up in his Florida State League introduction but will look to bounce back in his next outing.
Tyler Norrick was promoted to Springfield to replace a Eduardo Sanchez who was promoted to Memphis. To fill Norrick's spot, Trey Hearne was activated off Memphis' disabled list and assigned to Palm Beach.
Around the League
The Cardinals are now 40-31 and are tied for second place with Bradenton in the FSL South Division.
Xavier Scruggs' .500 slugging percentage, 44 RBIs, and 11 home runs rank as the third best marks in the league. The former UNLV Runnin' Rebel is eleventh in total bases and and ninth in doubles, as well.
Pham is reaching base at a .376 clip which is the eleventh best among the leaders and he is tied for seventh in triples.
Alex Castellanos ranks in the top 10 in stolen bases and doubles.
Although he has been promoted, Scott McGregor tops the league in ERA with a mark of 2.68. Frevert and Arquimedes Nieto are in a third place tie in wins with six.
David Carpenter is tied for seventh on the leaderboard in saves.
Palm Beach has two more games to close out a series on the road at St. Lucie. They continue their road trip with a two-game set at Charlotte before returning home to host the Stone Crabs.
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