May 17: Jupiter Hammerheads 2, Palm Beach Cardinals 1
In a tale of teams going in opposite directions, the Cardinals dropped another contest in the bottom of the ninth inning. After battling a to 1-1 draw the whole night, the Hammerheads came out swinging in the final frame. Austin Nola singled off of reliever Jose Almarante to start the inning. After a sacrifice bunt and passed ball moved Nola to third base. Josh Adams connected for an RBI single, clipping the Cards 2-1. The Beach Birds were limited offensively, as they were held to five hits. Jonathan Rodriguez paced the offense with two hits.
May 18: Jupiter Hammerheads 5 at Palm Beach Cardinals 2
Tyler Melling returned from the disabled list and pitched well. He tossed five innings of shutout baseball, giving up three hits and striking out five. However, in the sixth inning, the Hammerheads took advantage of his exit as Alex Burg smacked a three-run homer off Iden Nazario, giving Jupiter a 3-1 lead. The Cardinals tried to battle back, but Juan Urena (5-1) was a hard puzzle to solve. He tossed six innings, allowing three hits and two runs, while punching out five. Colin Walsh scored both Cardinals runs, as the offense collected a total of five singles on the night.
May 19: Jupiter Hammerheads 1 at Palm Beach Cardinals 0
The Cardinals went from bad to worse, as they were shut out by the Hammerheads staff. Five pitchers combined to keep the Beach Birds off the scoreboard. Justin Nicolino hurled six innings, allowing just two Cardinals hits. The dominating pitching performance by the Hammerheads staff spoiled Jonathan Cornelius' great start. The left-hander tossed seven innings, yielding two hits and striking out one. Heath Wyatt (2-2) suffered the loss, giving up an unearned road in the eighth inning. Rodriguez led the offense with three hits in four at-bats. He matched the rest of the Cardinals, as they went a collective 3-for-27 on the night.
May 20: Brevard County Manatees 4, Palm Beach Cardinals 1
Travis Miller (0-7) dropped his seventh game of the season in the series opener. The right-hander struggled, tossing 4.1 innings, giving up four runs on eight hits in the defeat. David Goforth proved the worthy advisory, as he tossed seven innings of one-run ball to pick up the victory for the Manatees. The Cards' offense was stalled again, collecting seven hits and scoring one run on the evening. Their lone run came in the third inning, as Walsh singled home Juan Castillo, cutting the lead to two, but it was not enough as the Cards dropped their fourth straight game.
May 21: Brevard County Manatees 2, Palm Beach Cardinals 1
The Cardinals tried to break their losing skid, jumping out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first. After a walk to Walsh, Stephen Piscotty doubled him home, giving the Beach Birds their first lead since May 16th. However, the Cardinals would be shut out the rest of the way as Brooks Hall and Jacob Barnes combined to toss eight scoreless. Kyle Hald returned to form, pitching seven innings of one-run baseball. He did not factor in the decision, as the Manatees scored an unearned run against Lee Stoppelman in the eighth to clip the Cards.
May 22: Brevard County Manatees 4, Palm Beach Cardinals 2
The Cardinals dropped their sixth straight game, as the Manatees clubbed two first inning homers to coast to the victory. T.J. Mittelstaedt and Cody Hawn both homered in the top of the first inning off of starter Scott Gorgen (3-2), giving the Manatees a 3-1 lead. Coming of one of his most impressive starts of the season, Gorgen struggled on Wednesday night, tossing five frames, giving up four runs and walking two. Offensively, the Beach Birds were held to two or less runs for the sixth straight game. Danny Stienstra led the way with a 2-for-4 night, while Piscotty added an RBI.
Where's the O?: The offensive production has hit the skids, with the club ranked 10th in the Florida State League in batting (.245), seventh in runs scored (190) and eighth in home runs (22).
Bottom of the Barrel: The Cardinals recent six-game skid has dropped them to last place in the South Division. Their poor stretch in the month of May places them 15 games out of first place.
May Blue: After going 14-15 in the month last season and making a run at the first-half crown in 2012, the Cardinals have posted a 4-16 record this May. The team ERA has not been bad, but the bats have gone cold, recording a combined .216 batting average during the current month.
Needing Assistance: Stephen Piscotty continues to lift the Cardinals attack. The outfielder leads the team in hitting (.300), home runs (7) and is third in RBI (20). He has led the team despite earlier missing a week due to injury.
5/17/13 P Dean Kiekhefer placed on the 7-day DL
5/17/13 P Tyler Melling activated from the 7-day DL
5/22/13 IF Corey Baker assigned to Palm Beach from Peoria
5/22/13 IF Ronny Gil placed on temporary inactive list
5/22/13 P Brandon Creath released by Cardinals
On the Horizon
The Cardinals finished off their series with Brevard County Thursday night before returning home for a three-game set with Jupiter starting Friday, followed by a three-game series with Charlotte.
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