Palm Beach Cardinals Notebook: 2013 Week 6

The FSL Cardinals are treading water, at .500 for the week and five games under for the season.

The Palm Beach Cardinals have weathered the storm, but .500 baseball will not get them out of the lower half of the division standings. The Cardinals went 3-3 in their last six games.

May 9: St. Lucie Mets 17, Palm Beach Cardinals 1

In some cases the best thing to do is flip the page, turn around and get them tomorrow. On Thursday night, the Cardinals were glad to see the game go final. The Mets pounded out season-highs in hits (16) and runs scored (17) in their runaway victory over Palm Beach.

Kyle Hald (1-2) suffered the loss, surrendering nine runs, eight earned, on eight hits. The offense was held down by Noah Syndergaard, as he went seven innings, yielding four hits, allowing one earned run and striking out seven. Down 16-0 in the seventh inning, Danny Stienstra singled home Cody Stanley for the lone Beach Birds run.

May 10: Palm Beach Cardinals 7, St. Lucie Mets 3

Down 3-2, the Cardinals scored four unanswered runs to clip the Mets on Friday night. The Cardinals showed a lot of grit, fighting back and beating the pesky Mets after their poor showing the night before.

Stephen Piscotty led the offense with three hits, three runs and two RBI. All three of his hits were extra-base hits, while two of them were round trippers. He was one of five Beach Birds that recorded multi-hit games, as the offense collected 13 hits on the night.

Reliever Lee Stoppelman (2-0) registered the victory, tossing two scoreless innings, striking out three. The southpaw lowered his season ERA to 0.92.

May 11: canceled

May 12: off

May 13: Palm Beach Cardinals 7, Lakeland Flying Tigers 0

After the Cards had two days off, Jonathan Cornelius (2-2) hurled seven frames of scoreless baseball to lead the Beach Birds. The southpaw retired the first 12 he faced before yielding his first hit of the game in the fifth inning. Cornelius finished the game, allowing that lone hit while striking out four.

Nick Longmire paced the offense, going 2-for-5 with one run scored. Eight of the nine starting Cardinals picked up a hit on the night. Anthony Garcia delivered the big blow in the Cardinals five-run seventh inning, as his two-run single capped the scoring on the night. Garcia finished the game with two hits and two RBI.

May 14: Lakeland Flying Tigers 6 at Palm Beach Cardinals 1

Travis Miller (0-6) continues his winless ways, as he gave up two runs on six hits to pick up his sixth loss of the season. The bullpen did not help out Miller, as they gave up four runs in the final six frames. Stoppelman struggled, giving up four runs, two earned on two hits before being removed in the top of the sixth.

The Cardinals lone run came in the bottom of the ninth, as Stienstra drove Colin Walsh with an RBI single.

May 15: Lakeland Flying Tigers 5 at Palm Beach Cardinals 1

For the second game in a row, the Cardinals were limited to one run. Hald (1-3) dropped his second game of the week, going five innings, allowing eight hits, three runs, while striking out four.

Jonathan Rodriguez led the Cardinals, as the only Beach Bird to collect two hits on the night. For the second straight night, the Cardinals scored their lone run in the ninth. Piscotty drove in Walsh with an RBI triple in the final frame.

May 16: Palm Beach Cardinals 4, Lakeland Flying Tigers 2

Scott Gorgen (3-1) got the Cardinals back to their winning ways, as he tossed six innings, allowing two runs and striking out four. The right-hander got off to a rocky start, giving up two runs in the first inning. However, he settled down to toss five scoreless.

Gorgen and the Cards received a huge lift from Longmire in the third inning. The outfielder hit a two-run homer to left field to give them a 3-2 lead. The home team added another run in the fourth inning, as the Gorgen and the bullpen held it down to split the series with the Tigers after the Thursday afternoon affair. Ronnie Shaban (S, 4) tossed two innings, allowing one hit, to record his team-leading his fourth save of the season.

Beach Birds in Majors - Seth Maness (3-0) continues to win with St. Louis. On Wednesday, the right-hander collected his third win of the season. Despite giving up a two-run homer to Rick Ankiel, he got through the rest of the sixth inning, allowing the Cardinals to tally a run and set him up for the victory.

Hald Off - After starting the season 1-0 with 2.45 ERA in his first four starts, Kyle Hald has been off his game in last four. In 16.1 innings, has allowed 33 hits, 24 runs, 22 earned, while striking out nine. His record and ERA has ballooned, as he is currently 1-3 with a 6.57 ERA.

May Blues - The Cardinals got off to a fast start, sizzled towards the middle, but have been ice cold in May. In 14 games, they are 4-10, posting the worst May record in the league. They are currently in fourth place in the division, a whopping 12 games out of first place.

Piscotty Gets Off - Stephen Piscotty continues to hit. He is third in the league with seven home runs. He is hitting .308 (37-for-120) with 18 runs and 17 RBI. The outfielder has been one of the true bright spots in the Beach Birds lineup.

Transactions

5/11/13 - C Cody Stanley assigned to Double-A Springfield from Palm Beach
5/11/13 - C Juan Castillo assigned to High-A Palm Beach from Double-A Springfield
5/13/13 - P Tim Cooney assigned to Double-A Springfield from High-A Palm Beach
5/14/13 - IF Tyler Rahmatulla assigned to Double-A Springfield from High-A Palm Beach
5/14/13 - IF Cesar Valera assigned to High-A Palm Beach from Short-Season Johnson City
5/14/13 - P Danny Miranda activated from the seven-day DL

On the Horizon

The Cardinals will take on their co-tenants, the Jupiter Hammerheads, from May 17-19, before traveling to Viera, FL to take on the Brevard County Manatees from May 20-23.



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