A historic pitching performance by Chris Corrigan on Wednesday, coupled with hot bats kept the Cardinals in it until the loss on Thursday night, August 30, officially eliminated them.
August 23rd: Palm Beach Cardinals 9, Charlotte Stone Crabs 2
The Cardinals finished the three-game home sweep of the Stone Crabs, as Seth Blair (1-2) picked up his first win of the season. Blair, the former first rounder out of Arizona State University, pitched his best game of 2012. The right-hander hurled five innings, allowing two runs, scattering four hits, walking two, while picking up four strike outs. Coincidentally Blair picked up his first victory since August 24th, 2011.
Offensively, Cody Stanley led the charge for the third straight night, gathering two hits and three RBI, while seven other Cardinals had at least one hit.
August 24th: Fort Myers Miracle 8, Palm Beach Cardinals 1
Riding a great wave of momentum and four-game winning streak, the Cardinals ran into a buzz saw on Friday night. Miracle starter Madison Boer (7-10) was on top of his game, tossing seven innings of one-run baseball, holding the Cardinals to one run. The lone run came from the bat of Alan Ahmady, who smacked a solo shot in the seventh to cut the lead to 2-1. However, the Miracle tacked on six in the seventh to run away with it. Kyle Hald's (3-4) effort was wasted, as he tossed six innings of two-run ball before giving way to the bullpen.
August 25th: Palm Beach Cardinals 4 at Fort Myers Miracle 2
Todd McInnis' (4-6) resurgence as a starter continued. The right-hander picked up his fourth victory of the season, tossing 5 2/3 innings, allowing eight hits and two runs. He struck out four, but fended off a powerful offense until he could turn it over to the bullpen. Jose Almarante, Dean Kiekhefer and Zack Russell combined to throw 3 1/3 scoreless innings to hold off the Miracle. Russell picked up his sixth save of the season, while Almarante and Kiekhefer notched holds.
Starlin Rodriguez and Geoff Klein powered the offense with solo home runs, while each tallied three hits a piece on the night. Five Cardinals batters collected multi-hit games, as they racked up 14 hits on the night despite scoring only four runs.
August 26th: Rained Out
August 27th: Rained Out
August 28th: Palm Beach Cardinals 5 at Charlotte Stone Crabs 2, Palm Beach Cardinals 3 at Charlotte Stone Crabs 0
The Cardinals continued their hot streak against the Stone Crabs, taking two at Charlotte Sports Park. The wins improved the Cardinals record over the Stone Crabs to 12-5, including seven straight.
In the first game, The Cardinals jumped out to an early 4-0 lead behind Starlin Rodriguez, who hit his eighth home run of the season, while adding two runs in the first three frames. Cardinals' starter Anthony Ferrara (5-8) made his first start since being placed on the disabled list on July 30th. The Riverview, FL native looked rusty, walking two in the first frame, then giving up a two-run home run to Todd Glaesmann in the bottom of the third. Ferrara was removed after 2 2/3 innings. Drew Benes filled in nicely, tossing 2 1/3 innings of scoreless baseball, keeping the Cardinals ahead. Aidan Lucas picked up the one-out save in the seventh to preserve the 5-2 win.
In the nightcap, it was the Ryan Sherriff (10-3) show. The left-hander dominated the Stone Crabs, tossing a complete game, four-hit shutout. Sherriff limited the offense to five total base runners, as issued one walk while striking out three. He got all the offense he needed in the top of the sixth inning, as Chris Edmondson hit a three-run home run to give the Cardinals the victory.
August 29th: Palm Beach Cardinals 8 at Charlotte Stone Crabs 0
Chris Corrigan followed Sherriff's solid performance on the mound with a perfect game on Wednesday night. The right-hander hurled nine perfect innings, retiring all 27 batters he faced, striking out nine to record the sixth perfect game in FSL history. The Humble, TX native picked up his fourth win of the season, lowering his ERA to 4.02.
Offensively, Corrigan did not need much, but the Cardinals jumped all over Charlotte pitchers for eight runs on 11 hits. Alan Ahmady led the way with three hits and four RBI.
Russell on Demand
Zack Russell has taken advantage of the promotion of Chase Reid, taking over as the right-hander stopper for manager Johnny Rodriguez... Since July 30th, Russell has converted five of five save opportunities...On the season, Russell is 3-1 with a 4.56 ERA and is six of eight in save opportunities...
Chris Corrigan picked up his first victory since June 28th last Wednesday night... Eager to get back on the bump, Corrigan further improved his pitching performance by tossing a perfect game on Wednesday, August 29th against the Charlotte Stone Crabs...
Catcher Cody Stanley was named the Florida State League Player of the Week for his outstanding play from August 20th- 26th... In four games, the left-hander picked up five hits in 12 at bats... He hit two home runs and collected 11 RBI... However, the catcher has missed his last four games (see below)...
Hey-Now You're An All-Star
Starlin Rodriguez and Mike O'Neill received recognition as FSL Post-Season All-Stars... Mike O'Neill was voted the best FSL left fielder award, while Starlin Rodriguez picked up the award for top second baseman...
The Cardinals have turned their month around, as they have won eight of their last 10 games heading into Thursday... After starting August 4-12, the Cardinals have gone 8-1...
8/28 P Anthony Ferrara added from Double-A Springfield disabled list and activated
8/28 P Travis Miller placed on the DL
C Cody Stanley has been plagued with a concussion suffered on August 23rd. He has missed the last four games, but should be back by the weekend. Status is day-to-day as he must clear tests to be eligible to play. Stanley will be heading to the Arizona Fall League next month along with teammate Seth Blair.
On the Horizon
The Cardinals conclude the season with a four-game set against the Jupiter Hammerheads that will run Friday through Monday at Roger Dean Stadium.
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