Palm Beach Cardinals Notebook: 2013 Week 17

The Florida State League Cardinals went 1-6 and have lost key offensive leaders to promotion. Hector Hernandez has been solid on the mound.

The hits keep on coming for the Palm Beach Cardinals, as they lost Starlin Rodriguez to Springfield, following a week after Colin Walsh. After losing six straight games, the A-Advanced Cardinals will need to find another answer for the void left in their lineup.

Despite the recent skid, the 20-17 Cardinals are just one game off the lead in the Florida State League South Division second-half race.

July 25: Daytona Cubs 6 at Palm Beach Cardinals 5

The Cardinals got off to a great start behind starter Joey Cuda. The right-hander tossed six innings, scattering five hits and allowing one run. He struck out five and left the game with a 5-1 lead at the end of six innings.

Daytona clawed back into the game in the seventh, scoring three runs on two hits against reliever Robert Stock, cutting the lead to 5-4. The Cubs took the lead in the eighth inning, scoring two runs against Travis Miller (2-10).

Jonathan Rodriguez hit his ninth homer of the season in the sixth, giving the Cardinals a 5-1 lead, but it was the last time the Beach Birds crossed the plate.

July 26: Daytona Cubs 4 at Palm Beach Cardinals 2

The visiting Cubs scored four runs on four hits against Cardinals starter Kurt Heyer (3-3). Only three of the runs were earned, but his inconsistency around the plate (four walks) allowed the Cubs to have extra runners on base all night.

Jonathan Rodriguez tried to start a comeback in the eighth, hitting a two-run dinger to bring the home team within two, but it was not enough.

July 27: Daytona Cubs 6 at Palm Beach Cardinals 0

In what seemed to be a bullpen game with both squads starting relievers, the Cubs and Cardinals enjoyed seven innings of scoreless baseball. However, in the top of the eighth inning, it all unfolded for Ronnie Shaban (1-4). The FSL All-Star was tagged for four runs, one earned, on two hits and took his fourth loss of the season.

Danny Stienstra was the lone Cardinals' hitter to have a multi-hit game, as he went 2-for-2.

July 28: Daytona Cubs 2 at Palm Beach Cardinals 1

The Cubs finished off the sweep of the Cardinals, as they clubbed out nine singles to edge the Beach Birds 2-1. The Cardinals were held to three hits on the night, scoring their lone run in the eighth. Ryan Sherriff (3-3) pitched well, but suffered the loss. He tossed 6 2/3 innings, allowing two runs, none earned, as he struck out four,

July 29: Clearwater Threshers 6, Palm Beach Cardinals 5

After scoring ten runs in the four-game set against the Cubs, the Cardinals hit the road looking to take their frustration out on the Threshers. They did just that, scoring five runs in the first six innings of the game and taking a 5-1 lead. Jonathan Rodriguez paced Palm Beach, clubbing his third homer of the week. His three-run shot in the sixth gave the Cardinals the lead.

However, in the bottom of the ninth inning, the pitching staff would squander the great start by Kyle Hald. The southpaw went eight innings, allowing one run on three hits, while striking out four. Then, fellow lefty Dean Kiekhefer yielded five runs on four hits in his 2/3 innings pitched until Clearwater walked off with the win.

July 30: Clearwater Threshers 5 at Palm Beach Cardinals 2

The Cardinals had to battle the rain and the Threshers on Tuesday night. While the rain held the game up for nearly two hours, the Threshers won their second straight over the Cardinals.

For the sixth straight game, the Palm Beach offense did not deliver much production. Jonathan Rodriguez was the lone Cardinals' hitter to record an extra-base hit, adding two hits and the lone Beach Birds RBI.

Corey Baker (0-1) suffered the loss, giving up three runs on three hits in two innings of relief. Hector Hernandez pitched well, tossing two innings, allowing one hit and striking out one, but was removed at the start of the third inning due to the rain delay.

July 31: Palm Beach Cardinals 4 at Clearwater Threshers 3

Cuda delivered another masterful performance, tossing six innings, allowing three runs and striking out three to collect his first Florida State League victory. He didn't fare as well as his first start for the Cardinals, but it was enough as the offense recorded nine hits and scored four runs to snap a six-game losing streak.

David Popkins' bases-clearing double in the second inning proved to be the clincher, as his hit pushed the score to 4-2. Iden Nazario and Shaban tossed three innings of scoreless relief to preserve the victory. Shaban (S, 14) recorded his team-high 14th save of the season.

Ace in the Hole - Hector Hernandez has been brilliant since joining the Beach Birds. In four starts, he is 3-0 with a 2.37 ERA. The Puerto Rico native has been with the Cardinals organization for five years, originally drafted in the 10th round in 2009.

Power Surge - Jonathan Rodriguez is swinging a hot bat. In his last ten games, he is hitting .432 (16-for-37) with four doubles, three homers and nine RBI. The FSL All-Star is having a great second season for the Beach Birds, hitting .300 (104-for-347) with 30 doubles, 11 home runs and 58 RBI.

Shutdown Swag - Jordan Swagerty has had a rough time since rejoining the Cardinals after Tommy John surgery in 2012. In his six games with the Cardinals, he is 0-1 with a 13.50 ERA. The right-hander returned to the disabled list following his July 22 outing.

Transactions

7/23/13 – RHP Jordan Swagerty placed on the 7-day DL
7/25/13 - OF Anthony Garcia activated from the 7-day DL
7/28/13 - RHP Corey Baker assigned to Palm Beach from Springfield
7/31/13 - OF Jacob Wilson assigned to Palm Beach from Peoria
7/31/13 - OF Starlin Rodriguez assigned to Springfield from Palm Beach
8/1/13 - RHP Kyle Barraclough sent to GCL Cardinals from Palm Beach on rehab

On the Horizon

The Palm Beach Cardinals finish off their series with Clearwater on Thursday night before heading to Dunedin for a four-game series. They return home on August 7th, as they play host to the Jupiter Hammerheads.



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