Palm Beach Cardinals Notebook: 2013 Week 3

The Florida State League Cardinals struggled on the road, losing two in the ninth inning last week.

The Palm Beach Cardinals finished a 2-4 road trip before returning home and taking two of three from the first place Fort Myers Miracle. While one star returned to the lineup, the Cardinals lost another in the process, but they continue to stay in the hunt.

April 18: Palm Beach Cardinals 4 at Bradenton Marauders 3

Stephen Piscotty returned to the lineup and delivered, driving in two and collecting three hits. His return solidified the middle of the order. Colin Walsh and Anthony Garcia hit solo homers to stake starting pitcher Tim Cooney to a 4-3 lead. Cooney turned in a fine performance, hurling five innings, allowing three runs, two earned, and striking out two. Lee Stoppelman and Ronnie Shaban finished the job, hurling four innings of shutout baseball to preserve the victory. Stoppelman punched out four in two innings of work while Shaban picked up his third save of the season.

April 19: Bradenton Marauders 6, Palm Beach Cardinals 5

The Cardinals came from two runs down to tie it in the ninth inning, but Jose Almarante gave up back-to-back hits to lose the game in walkoff fashion. The right hander yielded a leadoff single to Elias Diaz and then a triple to Alen Hanson, dropping the second game of the series in heartbreaking fashion. Piscotty led the offense with two hits and a run scored, while Danny Stienstra added three hits for the Beach Birds.

April 20: Bradenton Marauders 4, Palm Beach Cardinals 3

For the second straight night, the Cardinals bullpen dropped a game in the last inning. After leading 3-0 for the first seven frames, the Cardinals pen' allowed three in the eighth and one in the ninth, losing their second straight to the Marauders. Starter Travis Miller hurled three innings, giving up one hit. He surrendered five walks, forcing him to exit the game in the fourth inning. Jonathan Cornelius looked solid, hurling four shutout innings before he unraveled in the eighth. He gave up two hits, walked a batter and an error keyed the three-run inning. Heath Wyatt suffered the loss, giving up three hits in the bottom of the ninth inning. Marauder Jose Osuna pushed across the final run with a bases-loaded single to left field. Tyler Rahmatulla was the offensive leader, collecting three hits and one run.

April 21: Palm Beach Cardinals 6, Fort Myers Miracle 5

In game that saw four ejections and five homers, it was the Cardinals that prevailed on a Jonathan Rodriguez walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th inning. Almarante made a spot start, hurling 3.1 innings, allowing four hits, two earned runs and striking out one. The bullpen tried to hold off the powerful Miracle offense, tossing 6.2 innings of three-run baseball. Shaban threw two scoreless, while Wyatt picked up the win for his performance in the tenth. Walsh and Garcia hit home runs, launching long balls in the same game for the second time this week. Miracle's Miguel Sano hit his league-leading sixth home run of the season in the fifth inning before being ejected.

April 22: Palm Beach Cardinals 7, Fort Myers Miracle 4

The Cardinals made it two in a row over the first place Miracle, as Kyle Hald tossed five solid innings of two-run ball. The lefty was in line for the victory, but Scott Gorgen gave up two runs in the sixth, relinquishing the lead at 4-3. However, the Cardinals scored four runs on three hits in the bottom of the seventh. Nick Longmire and Stienstra delivered RBI singles, while the other two runs scored on a bases loaded walk and a wild pitch. Iden Nazario locked it down in the ninth inning for his first save of the season.

April 23: Fort Myers Miracle 5 at Palm Beach Cardinals 1

The Cardinals had a chance to sweep the best team in the league, but they fell behind early and could never get back in the game. Sam Gaviglio (3-1) absorbed his first loss of the season, tossing five innings, allowing six hits and a season-high five runs. The right-hander struggled with his command, walking three and only striking out one. Chris Corrigan returned to Palm Beach and was dominant, tossing four scoreless innings of relief. It was Corrigan's first appearance since tossing a perfect game in August of 2012. The Cardinals were limited to six hits, as Taylor Rogers hurled six innings of shutout ball in his FSL debut. The left-hander gave up four hits and struck out four to pick up the win.

April 24: OFF

Week Off, No Prob. Stephen Piscotty spent a week on the 7-day DL and upon his return, the outfielder connected for hits in five of the six games... The outfielder is hitting .417 (10-for-24) with two doubles and four RBI…

Hurting Star. When James Ramsey was placed on the disabled list on April 21, the outfielder was hitting .357 (20-for-56) with one home run and six RBI before landing on the DL…

Backing The Skids. After starting the season hitting well over the .300 mark, outfielder Nick Longmire went 2-for-23 in the last week… His average has dipped below .250, as he checks in hitting .224 (14-for-62)…

Save Me Some. Tied for third in the league in saves, Ronnie Shaban has been solid in the back end of the bullpen… In five games, he has three saves… The right-hander has tossed eight innings, allowing seven hits and has struck out seven.


4/18/13 Stephen Piscotty activated from the 7-day DL
4/20/13 Tyler Melling placed on the 7-day DL
4/21/13 Scott Gorgen assigned to Palm Beach from Springfield
4/22/13 Adam Ehrlich assigned to Palm Beach from Johnson City
4/22/13 Chris Corrigan assigned to Palm Beach from Springfield
4/22/13 James Ramsey placed on the 7-day DL

On the Horizon

The Cardinals begin a three game set with Jupiter before traveling to Daytona for a four-game set. Palm Beach is currently in third place, four games behind the Fort Myers Miracle.

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