Palm Beach Cardinals Notebook: 2013 Week 4

The Florida State League Cardinals had their second consecutive losing week, falling to .500 on the season.

The Palm Beach Cardinals took a step back last week, dropping five of seven. They currently sit at .500 with a 13-13 mark and have lost four straight games.

James Ramsey returns from the disabled list with the hope of bolstering the struggling lineup.

April 25: Palm Beach Cardinals 5 at Jupiter Hammerheads 0

Tim Cooney (3-1) put together a masterpiece, hurling seven innings, scattering four hits and striking out six to collect his third win of the season. Lee Stoppelman tossed two scoreless frames to complete the shutout for the Beach Birds.

Nick Longmire broke out of his 2-for-23 slump with a big night. The outfielder went 3-for-5 with a double and home run. The long ball in the seventh inning sealed the game for the Cards, as it put them ahead 4-0. Ronny Gil added two hits.

April 26: Jupiter Hammerheads 5, Palm Beach Cardinals 3

At the beginning of the season, the Jupiter Hammerheads were supposed to have a very good pitching staff. However, they have not lived up to the billing, as they scuffled through the lighter part of the season. On Friday night, Jose Urena showed the Cards why the Hammerheads had high hopes in 2013. The right-hander went five innings, scattering six, allowing two runs and striking out three. His performance sparked the Jupiter offense, as they scored five runs in the first four innings. Travis Miller (0-3) suffered his third loss of the season, hurling 3.1 innings, giving up six hits and five runs (four earned). Stephen Piscotty delivered at the plate for Palm Beach, going 3-for-5 with two runs and his team-leading third home run.

April 27: Palm Beach Cardinals 8, Jupiter Hammerheads 7

There is never a dull moment in the Feathers & Fins rivalry. Down by two runs in the ninth inning, the Cardinals came from behind to clip the Hammerheads. To start the ninth, Piscotty and Jonathan Rodriguez singled. After a sacrifice bunt by Anthony Garcia, Hammerheads pitcher Nick Wittgren walked David Popkins intentionally to load the bases. Adam Ehrlich hit a grounder to the second baseman, but Noah Perio airmailed it, enabling the Cardinals to beat the Heads, 8-7.

Longmire went 4-for-4 with two RBI, while Rodriguez added three hits and two runs. Ronnie Shaban won the game, tossing a scoreless ninth. Kyle Hald struggled in the start, hurling 5.1 innings, allowing seven hits and six runs (five earned).

April 28: Daytona Cubs 7, Palm Beach Cardinals 4

The Cardinals fell in a hole early, as their starter could not get out of the fourth inning. Scott Gorgen (1-1) went 3.2 innings, allowing five hits and four runs while walking a whopping four hitters. The start by Gorgen marked the third straight time the Cardinals hurler did not get through the sixth inning.

Down 6-1 in the fifth, the Cardinals battled back, but it was a little too late. Longmire led the offense, going 3-for-5 with a run and RBI. Five other Cardinals tallied a hit on the night, while Matt Williams drove in two with a two-run home run in the ninth.

April 29: Daytona Cubs 2, Palm Beach Cardinals 1 (8 innings)

Jackie Robinson Field showed why it led the Florida State League in rainouts last season, as the field played a big part in the stoppage of play on Monday night. High-A Daytona is the only Florida State League team that does not host a Spring Training team, and one of the downfalls is the lack of drainage on the main diamond. Florida is exposed to a lot of rain and without Major League money funding the stadium, it is heavily exposed to rainouts.

The Cardinals and Cubs played through the elements all day, as they tried to fight through a 1-1 tie. In the eighth inning, after a double play erased two runners, John Andreoli singled to right to score Tim Saunders and win it for the Cubbies. Shaban suffered the loss, surrendering his first run of the season. The offense struggled, collecting just four hits on the evening. Gil led the way with two hits and a run scored.

April 30: Daytona Cubs 11, Palm Beach Cardinals 4

Chris Corrigan (0-1) made his first start for the Palm Beach Cardinals in 2013. The last time the right-hander made a FSL start, he tossed a perfect game. This time around he was greeted rudely, allowing five runs (four earned) in three innings of baseball. The Cubs jumped out to an early lead, 2-0, before extending it to 11-0 by the seventh inning. The Cubs pounded out nine hits, five of them doubles. The lone bright spot for the Beach Birds was Piscotty, as he connected for his fifth home run of the year.

May 1: Daytona Cubs 3, Palm Beach Cardinals 1

Daytona finished the four-game sweep of the Cardinals, winning 3-1 on Wednesday night. Tim Cooney hurled the first complete game of the season for the Cardinals, tossing eight innings, allowing six hits, three runs. He struck out five, but was outdueled by Ben Wells.

The Cardinals were limited to five hits on the night. Danny Stienstra collected two, while three other Cardinals had one each.

May 2: Rained out – Doubleheader scheduled at 5:05 PM ET on Friday.

Let me Be; Ill Hit - Nick Longmire dropped his batting average to a season-low .226 last week, but in his last seven games, he is 10-for-30, raising his BA to .261…

Flexing My Muscles - Stephen Piscotty continues to hammer FSL pitching… In 19 games, he has smashed five home runs, collected 12 RBI and hit safely in 15 of 19 games…

Not So Perfect - Last season Chris Corrigan tossed a perfect game in his last start for Palm Beach… After being sent down from Double-A Springfield, the right-hander has not fared so well… He is 0-1 with 5.14 ERA, walking four in seven innings.

Not 2012 - Last season the Cardinals took six of eight against the Cubs and three of four at Jackie Robinson Field… The Cardinals were swept by the Cubs this week, dropping them to 13-13 on the season…


4/25/13 OF David Popkins assigned to Palm Beach from Peoria
4/26/13 C Jesus Montero assigned to Palm Beach from extended spring training
4/26/13 C Cody Stanley placed on the DL
4/30/13 P Sam Gaviglio placed on the DL
5/2/13 OF James Ramsey activated from the DL

On the Horizon

The Cardinals return home for a seven-game homestand. They will host Bradenton Marauders for three and then welcome in the Clearwater Threshers for four, starting on Sunday.

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