It was a positive week for the Palm Beach Cardinals that saw the team win more ballgames then they dropped.
Brett Zawacki got the team off on the right track when the right-hander picked up the victory against St. Lucie. Charles Cutler was the hitting star with three hits and two runs driven in.
The next night against the same Mets club, the Cardinals took it on the chin as Richard Castillo was tagged for five runs on nine hits in five innings of work.
The team got out of town and travelled north to Charlotte to take on the Stone Crabs. In the series opener, Kevin Thomas was brilliant. The 23-year-old spun six shutout innings while allowing only two base runners. The rehabbing Trey Hearne closed out the game with three scoreless innings of his own.
Another hot pitcher, Scott Schneider, did his part the next night with seven solid innings. In only his second Florida State League start, Schneider allowed only one run on two hits to push his record to 2-0.
The team could not make it three in a row against the Stone Crabs. The Cardinals were shut out for the second time in a week and managed only five hits.
Palm Beach rebounded the next night behind a strong combined pitching performance. Zawacki chipped in a solid 5.2 innings before being relieved by an equally strong Hearne. Ramon Delgado followed with two shutout innings before making way for the eventual game winner, David Carpenter. At the plate, Xavier Scruggs led the team by reaching base four times while D'Marcus Ingram reached base on a single, double, and a walk in his Palm Beach debut.
The Cardinals lost a heartbreaker to end the week. After battling for nine innings, Palm Beach pitcher Miguel Tapia gave up a two-run blast to Jupiter's Tom Hickman in the 10th and the Cardinals fell 7-6.
In two starts, Scott Schneider has given up only one run while yielding a .130 batting average against in 13 innings since being promoted.
Another new man in the rotation, Kevin Thomas, has been equally as impressive. Since being moved from the bullpen, Thomas is 2-0 and has allowed only one earned run and walked only one hitter in two starts covering 11 innings.
As the weather is warming up, Xavier Scruggs is downright scorching. The power hitting first baseman is hitting .400/.457/.625 with a home run and nine RBIs in his last 10 games.
Rich Racobaldo has to be glad the month of June is now history. In 79 June at bats, the slugger hit only .190/.256/.253 with only two extra base hits.
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The Cardinals are now 5-3 in the second half and sit a half game behind first place Bradenton.
As a team, Palm Beach is second in the league in on base percentage and runs. The team leads the Florida State League in doubles and walks.
Scruggs is among the top three leaders in home runs, RBIs, and slugging percentage.
Palm Beach will finish out a three-game series with the Hammerheads before hitting the road for three with Bradenton. The Cardinals then return home for a "road series" with Jupiter.
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