This report covers the period from Friday, September 3 through Thursday, September 5.
Though eliminated from playoff competition, the Palm Beach Cardinals finished strongly, winning three of its last four games. The team has to wonder what could have been. With a three-game lead in the middle of August, the Cards went on to lose 14 of 18 to be knocked out of the postseason.
The week started off with the completion of a game that was postponed on August 29. The Cardinals topped their rival Jupiter, 8-1. Starter Scott Schneider, who had been struggling, was credited with a complete game. The right-hander allowed only one run on five hits while ringing up eight strikeouts.
Ryan Jackson helped lead the offense with three hits including his ninth double. Out of the leadoff spot, C.J. Beatty had two hits including a home run, scored two and drove in three. Rich Racobaldo singled, doubled, and scored a run.
The team couldn't sweep the doubleheader, falling to the Hammerheads, 5-2. Jarred Bogany singled twice and stole his 19th base. Ryan Jackson singled and stole a base as well.
Richard Castillo was tagged with his 12th loss after allowing four runs in only five innings of work.
the Cards set the tempo with three in the bottom of the first on its way to an
11-5 win over the Hammerheads.
Brett Zawacki battled for five innings to finish his season with seven
In the final
game of the season, the Cardinals made sure they went out on the right note
thanks to a strong performance on the mound. After a rough stretch, Arquimedes Nieto
buckled down with seven strong innings of one run baseball. Casey Mulligan pitched the final 1 1/3
innings to nail down his 12th save at
Alex Castellanos singled, scored a run, and stole his 19th base. Niko Vasquez tripled and scored the team's other run.
In the final
seven games of the season, Ryan Jackson hit .414 with three extra base
hits. He finished with a
respectable line of .291/.343/.392 in 148 at bats in the pitcher-friendly
Florida State League. His .291
average was the best mark of those players on the
Over his last 10 games, Niko Vasquez posted a slash line of .342/.405/.500 with five of his 13 hits going for extra bases.
Thanks to Casey
just never found his stroke in 2010.
The middle infielder hit only .221 while with
Around the League
finished the season with a second half record of 37-33, two games back of
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