Palm Beach Cardinals Notebook: 2013 Week 8

The Palm Beach Cardinals snapped their six-game losing streak, but continue to play .500 ball.

The Palm Beach Cardinals snapped their six-game losing streak, but continue to play .500 ball. With the Florida State League all-star break looming, the Cardinals must be eager to get to the second half and reset the standings as they sit 17 games out of the lead in the first half.

May 23: Palm Beach Cardinals 9 at Brevard County Manatees 5

In the midst of a six-game losing streak, the Cardinals put a dent in former first-round draft pick Jed Bradley. The former Yellow Jacket was roughed up for eight runs on eight hits in 2.2 innings. The Cards' nine-run outburst on Thursday surpassed their run total in the six straight losses last week. Six Cardinals picked up two hits apiece, while Jonathan Rodriguez added three RBI and Jesus Montero knocked in two. Iden Nazario (1-1) picked up the win, tossing two scoreless innings, but Jose Almarante stole the show. In his two innings of relief, the right-hander struck out six batters.

May 24: Jupiter Hammerheads 5, Palm Beach Cardinals 2

The Cardinals returned home, facing their co-tenants, the Hammerheads and were greeted rudely by Justin Nicolino. The left-hander tossed five innings, allowing two runs, one earned, while striking out six hitters. Tyler Melling suffered the loss, yielding a season-high in hits (10) and runs (3). Jupiter hitters hit .417 against the lefty on Friday night, as they scored three runs early and coasted to the victory. Stephen Piscotty led the Cardinals attack, going 2-for-4 with a run scored.

May 25: Palm Beach Cardinals 2 at Jupiter Hammerheads 1

Jonathan Cornelius (2-1) was on top of his game, tossing eight innings of shutout baseball. The left-hander gave up four hits, walking one and striking out three. Ronnie Shaban collected his fifth save of the season, as he held off a late rally by the Hammerheads to secure the victory. Rodriguez led the offense, going 3-for-4 with a run scored and RBI. He picked up his first triple of the season, his first three-bagger since 2010. The Cardinals had their hands full all day, as major leaguer Nathan Eovaldi made his first rehab start for the Heads'. He went five innings, allowing one run and striking five.

May 26: Palm Beach Cardinals 1, Jupiter Hammerheads 0

The Beach Birds continued their winning ways, as four hurlers combined to shut out the Hammerheads. Corey Baker made the start, tossing four innings, while Danny Miranda and Almarante tossed two scoreless each. Miranda picked up the victory, as the Cardinals put across the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning. In the frame, Rodriguez singled home Piscotty, scoring the lone run of the game. Rodriguez continued his hot pace, going 3-for-4 on the evening.

May 27: OFF

May 28: Charlotte Stone Crabs 2 at Palm Beach Cardinals 1

Kyle Hald (1-4) made his second consecutive solid start, hurling eighth innings of two run baseball. He was dominating, tossing seven scoreless innings before going into the eighth. In the frame, he gave up three hits and the Stone Crabs took advantage of an error to score two runs against the left-hander. Cardinals bats were hamstrung by Stone Crabs starter Roberto Gomez, as he went 7.1 innings, allowing one run on one hit. Closer Lenny Linsky tossed 1.2 innings of perfect relief to pick up the save. Juan Castillo picked up both hits and the lone RBI for the Cardinals.

May 29: Charlotte Stone Crabs 3 at Palm Beach Cardinals 1

Kurt Heyer (0-1) made his first start for High-A Palm Beach on Wednesday night. The right-hander went six innings, allowing two runs, scattering seven hits and striking out three. He suffered the loss, as the offense was kept on ice. The Beach Birds picked up four hits and one run, suffering their second straight loss. Rodriguez drove in the Cards' only run with an RBI single in the eighth inning.

May 30: postponed until June 7 at Port Charlotte

Beach Birds In the Majors - Michael Wacha, who tossed eight perfect innings for the Palm Beach Cardinals in 2012, is making his Major League debut on Thursday for the St. Louis Cardinals.

J-Rod strong - In the last week, Jonathan Rodriguez has led the Cardinals offense, hitting .429 (9-for-21) with one home run and six RBI. He recorded his first triple since 2010 on Saturday night, leading the Cardinals over the Hammerheads.

Long Drought - Outfielder Nick Longmire has gone cold at the plate. In the last week, he is hitting .048 (1-for-21) with one RBI and 11 strikeouts. After raising his average to .276 on May 13, the right-handed hitter has struggled since then. On the season, Longmire is hitting .224 (39-for-184) with three home runs and 18 RBI.

Power Shortage - Stephen Piscotty leads the Beach Birds with seven home runs, but he has not gone deep since May 10th. Despite the recent power shortage, the outfielder is still a threat in the lineup and leads the Cardinals with 78 total bases.

Transactions

5/23/13 - RHP Juan Bautista assigned to Palm Beach from Johnson City
5/24/13 - LHP Ryan Sherriff assigned to Springfield from Palm Beach
5/25/13 - RHP Jacob Booden assigned to Palm Beach from Johnson City
5/25/13 - LHP Lee Stoppelman assigned to Springfield from Palm Beach
5/26/13 - RHP Scott Gorgen assigned to Springfield from Palm Beach
5/26/13 - RHP Kurt Heyer assigned to Palm Beach from Peoria
5/27/13 - RHP Heath Wyatt assigned to Springfield from Palm Beach
5/28/13 - IF Alex Mejia assigned to Palm Beach from Peoria
5/30/13 - IF Ronny Gil activated from the TI List

On the Horizon

The Cardinals open up a three-game series with the Fort Myers Miracle on Friday, May 31st. After they finish with the front-running Miracle, they will hit the road for a four-game set against Tampa starting on June 3rd.



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