Palm Beach Cardinals Notebook: 2013 Week 2

The Florida State League Cards are continuing their fast start but are chasing red-hot Fort Myers. Colin Walsh is among the offensive leaders.

The Cardinals had a solid week, winning four of seven. Florida State League Player of the Week James Ramsey led the offense, while Sam Gaviglio collected his league-leading second and third wins of the season.

April 11: Palm Beach Cardinals 7, St. Lucie Mets 4

The Cardinals took the first series from the Mets, as they utilized a three-run first inning to cruise to a victory. James Ramsey sparked the offense, going 2-for-3 with three runs and two RBI. His two-run home in the sixth inning sealed it for the home team. Danny Stienstra added a solo home run of his own, as he went 2-for-3. Sam Gaviglio recorded his second win of the season, tossing six innings, allowing two runs on three hits. His control was spotty at times, walking four, but he finished with six punch outs.

April 12: PPD (Rain)

April 13: Palm Beach Cardinals 14 at Jupiter Hammerheads 2: Jupiter Hammerheads 4, Palm Beach Cardinals 3

After being rained out the night before, the Cardinals bats were eager to get back on the field. In the first seven inning contest, the Cardinals pounded 17 hits and scored 14 runs. Both totals were season-highs, as they cruised to an easy victory over the Hammerheads.

Anthony Garcia paced the offense, going 3-for-3 with one home run, three runs and four RBI. Nick Longmire matched Garcia with three hits of his own and four RBI. Longmire's grand slam in the first inning set the tone for the rest of the contest, as the Cardinals scored in all but two innings.

Tim Cooney (1-1) was the victor, hurling five innings, allowing one run on 11 hits.

In Game 2, the Cardinals bullpen folded in the top of the sixth, dropping the game and giving Jupiter their first win of the season. Cody Stanley's third inning two-run homer tied it at 3-3, but Brandon Creath (0-1) could not hold the lead as the Hammerheads scored on an RBI single by Isaac Galloway, pulling away 4-3. Stanley was the high man, recording three hits and two RBI.

April 14: Palm Beach Cardinals 6 at Jupiter Hammerheads 5

The Cardinals got back to their winning ways, dropping the Hammerheads in come from behind fashion. After falling behind 4-0, the Cardinals scored three runs in the sixth and seventh innings to beat the co-tenants of Roger Dean Stadium on Sunday night.

In the sixth inning, the Cardinals connected for four hits. Garcia provided the big blow with a two-run double to left field, scoring two. In the seventh inning, the Cardinals utilized three hits to score three runs. After a fielding error brought in the first run, Colin Walsh ripped a bases loaded single to tie it up at 5-5, while Stanley drew a bases loaded walk to give the Cardinals their first lead of the game. Ronnie Shaban picked up the two-inning save, giving up two hits and striking out three.

April 15: Fort Myers Miracle 4, Palm Beach Cardinals 1

The Beach Birds ran into a buzz saw on Monday night, as the undefeated Miracle continued their magical run, winning their 11th straight game. Tom Steifbergen dazzled, hurling 7 2/3 innings of one-run ball. He limited the Cardinals offense to four hits and struck out three.

Travis Miller (0-2) was solid, giving up two runs in 4 2/3 innings of baseball. He lowered his season ERA to 1.86, but the offense could not help him out for his second straight start. Ramsey went 2-for-4 to continue his hot streak, however it was not enough for the Cardinals offense.

April 16: Fort Myers Miracle 7, Palm Beach Cardinals 4

The Cardinals had their best chance to stop Fort Myers' streak, but the bullpen gave up four runs in the bottom of the seventh. Creath struggled again, giving up four runs, three earned in 1/3 inning. His struggles started with walks before giving up three hits to the dynamic Miracle attack. The big blow came from the bat of Michael Sano, as the third baseman crushed his fourth home run of the season, a grand slam to give the Miracle the late lead.

Tyler Rahmatulla led the Palm Beach offense, connecting for two hits and scoring two runs. Ramsey continued his nine-game hitting streak with a single.

April 17: Palm Beach Cardinals 5 at Fort Myers 3

Sam Gaviglio (3-0) was downright dominant for the Cardinals, stopping the Miracle's win streak at 12. The right-hander hurled six innings, allowing two runs on seven hits. Gaviglio struck out three, and held the Miracle's 2-3-4 hitters to one hit on the night.

The bats were led by Nick Longmire, who went 2-for-5 with two RBI. Stienstra set the high-mark, recording three hits.

Heath Wyatt recorded his team-high second save, tossing one inning of one-run ball. Wyatt gave up four hits and avoided further damage by inducing a game-ending double play with the bases loaded.

High Honors - Outfielder James Ramsey was honored as Florida State League Player of the Week on Monday afternoon… The left-handed hitter went 15-for-36 with four doubles, three triples, one homer and four RBI during the period of 4/4-4/14… He hit safely in all nine games…

Déjà vu - The Cardinals are off to a solid start, winning eight of 13… However, they are currently four games back of the Fort Myers Miracle… Last season, the St. Lucie Mets ran away with the South Division by playing close to .700-baseball in the first half of the season…

Not So Fast - Stephen Piscotty was off to a torrid start, hitting .33 (6-for-18) with two homers and five RBI… However, the outfielder was placed on the DL last week after being hit by a pitch…

Paging Mr. Walsh - Colin Walsh looked ready to make the jump from Low-A-to-High-A in the middle of last season, but the second baseman was never called up… It might be a year late, but Walsh is on fire, hitting .373 (19-for-51) with eight RBI… He has yet to commit an error at second base.

Can I get some support here? - Travis Miller boasts the second-best ERA among Beach Birds starting pitchers, however, the Cardinals have scored a total of one run in both of his starts… The result has been two losses for the former reliever….

Injury Report

The Cardinals are still without pitchers Aidan Lucas, Ryan Sherriff and Zack Russell… No injury is of major concern, but the Cardinals would like these three contributors back as soon as possible… Stephen Piscotty was added to the DL last week and returned on Thursday….

On the Horizon

The Baby Redbirds will finish their current road trip with a three-game set in Bradenton before returning home to host the Fort Myers Miracle on Sunday night… They will then face the Hammerheads in their road grays, as they play visitors to Jupiter.

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