Palm Beach Cardinals Notebook: 2013 Week 12

The A-Advanced Cardinals started the second half the same way they ended the first, alternating wins and losses.

The Palm Beach Cardinals started the second half the same way they ended the first half, playing mediocre baseball. The roller-coaster continues, as they win one and then drop one.

June 20: St. Lucie Mets 8 at Palm Beach Cardinals 6

The Mets got off to a hot start, scoring five runs in the first two innings against starter Tyler Melling and taking a commanding 5-0 lead. However, the Cardinals plated five in the third and one in the sixth to take a 6-5 lead into the later stages of the game. After giving up the five runs early, Melling settled down to turn in a fine performance. He went six innings, scattering seven hits, and allowing five runs. Melling was in line for the win, but reliever Danny Miranda (2-1) was roughed up for three runs and dropped his first game of the season.

Stephen Piscotty paced the offense, going 3-for-5 with one run and three RBI. Nick Longmire added four hits and an RBI, but it wasn't enough as the Cardinals dropped the second half opener.

June 21: St. Lucie Mets 5 at Palm Beach Cardinals 3

For the second straight night, the Cardinals took a lead into the later stages of the game but could not hold off a resilient St. Lucie squad. Leading 3-2 in the ninth, All-Star Ronnie Shaban took the ball and quickly served up a game-tying homer to Dustin Lawley. He promptly gave up two more runs, as the reliever squandered a solid performance by Zach Petrick (4 IP, 1R, 0ER, 4K).

Starlin Rodriguez and Colin Walsh provided the offense, connecting for solo homers in the first two innings of the game. Danny Stienstra was the high-man, going 3-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored.

June 22: Palm Beach Cardinals 6, St. Lucie Mets 5

In the highly anticipated High-A debut of Tyrell Jenkins, it was the offense that stole the show. The Cardinals clubbed 12 hits and scored six runs to win their first game in the second half. Longmire went 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBI, while Walsh, Rodriguez and Casey Rasmus added two hits each. The offense helped erase a two-run deficit in the sixth, scoring three runs to take the lead at 5-4.

The bullpen took it from there, as Travis Miller (2-8) was sensational in relief. The right-hander tossed 2 2/3 innings, yielding two and striking out four. He picked up the win, backing Jenkins, who went 3 1/3 innings, allowing six hits and four runs, three earned, while striking out one.

June 23: Fort Myers Miracle 7, Palm Beach Cardinals 5

Kurt Heyer (1-2) would like to turn the page on his outing, as he roughed up for six hits, six runs in 4 1/3 innings on the mound. The right-hander could never get it going as the Miracle came out swinging on Sunday night. The Cardinals would make it interesting, scoring five unanswered runs to cut the gap within two.

In the ninth inning, the Cardinals first three hitters reached base, loading the bases with no outs while trailing by four runs. After a wild pitch by a Miracle new reliever brought it to 7-3, Jonathan Rodriguez struck out, David Popkins flew out and Nick Longmire struck out as the potential tying run to end the game.

June 24: Palm Beach Cardinals 4, Fort Myers Miracle 2

Kyle Hald (3-6) pitched his best game of the 2013 campaign, hurling eight innings of two-run ball. After allowing two runs early in the game, Hald then retired fifteen in a row, spanning from the fourth through the eighth inning.

The lefty received help in the seventh as the Cardinals scored two runs to take the lead. Walsh delivered an RBI single, while Starlin Rodriguez delivered a go-ahead RBI double. The Cardinals added another run in the eighth, but it was more than enough as Shaban locked down his 10th save of the season with a perfect ninth inning.

June 25: Palm Beach Cardinals 5, Fort Myers Miracle 4

The Cardinals spoiled the High-A debut of Byron Buxton, the No.2 overall pick in the 2012 draft, by doubling up the Miracle for their second win of the second half. The Baxley, GA native went 1-for-5 at the dish, but it was not enough as the Cardinals offense got off to a great start.

Anthony Garcia went 3-for-4 with a double, home run and RBI to lead the Cardinals to an early 5-1 lead. A brief rain delay had some ill-effects on the offense, as they could not score after the fourth inning.

The Miracle made a run in the final five frames, scoring three runs to get within one, but Dean Kiekhefer logged two scoreless innings to end the game and preserve the victory.

June 26: St. Lucie Mets 7, Palm Beach Cardinals 4

The Cardinals continued their poor play against the Mets, dropping their fifth game of the season to their neighbor from the North. The Cardinals had their chances, taking an early 3-0 lead.

However, the Mets came out strong, outscoring the Cards the rest of the way 7-1. The Mets pulled ahead for good in the sixth, clubbing a two-run shot against Melling. The Cardinals tied it up in the seventh, scoring on an RBI single by Starlin Rodriguez, but Aidan Lucas gave up three in the eighth and the Cardinals dropped their third contest in four tries in the Mets series.

Long-Admired - Nick Longmire was named Florida State League Player of the Week for his play from June 17 - 23. During the seven-game span, he hit .556 (15-for-27) with two doubles, one triple, one home run and six RBI.

Rippin' Rasmus - Casey Rasmus' brothers made headlines this year, as Cory (Atlanta Braves) and Colby (Toronto Blue Jays) played against each other for the first time in their careers. However, Casey is making headlines in the minor league circuit. In the last five games, the backstop is hitting .545 (6-for-11) with two runs and two RBI.

Familiar Staff - The Palm Beach pitching staff features seven players that ended the season with Palm Beach in 2012. Right-handers Travis Miller, Aidan Lucas and left-handers Kyle Hald, Dean Kiekhefer, Danny Miranda, Iden Nazario and Ryan Sherriff all sported the Palm Beach threads last season, as well.


6/20/13- P Tyrell Jenkins assigned to Palm Beach from Peoria
6/20/13- OF/2B Starlin Rodriguez assigned to Palm Beach from Springfield
6/21/13- OF Anthony Garcia sent on rehab assignment to GCL Cardinals
6/21/13- P Zack Russell sent on rehab assignment to GCL Cardinals
6/22/13- P Iden Nazario placed on 7-day DL
6/22/13- OF Anthony Garcia activated from 7-day DL
6/22/13- P Ryan Sherriff assigned to Palm Beach from Springfield
6/22/13- OF Stephen Piscotty assigned to Springfield from Palm Beach
6/26/13- P Corey Baker assigned to Springfield from Palm Beach

On the Horizon

The Cardinals will continue their mini-road trip with the St. Lucie Mets before traveling to Bradenton on 6/29. They will play on game one game on 7/3 at Charlotte before returning to the Dean.

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