Palm Beach Cardinals Notebook: 2013 Week 18

A week after the Florida State League Cardinals went 1-6, they built a seven-game winning streak, recapturing first place.

The Palm Beach Cardinals dropped six in a row last week, but did not lose any this week. With their recent success, the Cardinals have reclaimed first place in the Florida State LeagueSouth Division, leading the Charlotte Stone Crabs by 1/2 game.

August 1: Palm Beach Cardinals 3 at Clearwater Threshers 2

The Cardinals scored early and held off the Threshers late to split the series. The Cardinals got off to a great start, scoring two in the top of the first inning. Nick Longmire delivered the big blow, driving in two runs with an RBI double. Jesus Montero added the final run of the game for the Cards, as his single drove in Anthony Garcia to make it 3-1.

Kurt Heyer (4-3) took it from there, hurling six innings, allowing one run on three hits and striking out two. Dean Kiekhefer picked up the three-inning save, yielding four hits, allowing one run and striking out one for his fifth save of the season.

August 2: Palm Beach Cardinals 5 at Dunedin Blue Jays 1

The Cardinals first overall pick Marco Gonzales made his High-A debut, tossing three innings of scoreless baseball. The lefty allowed one hit and two walks, while striking two. Tyler Melling (3-0) collected the victory after entering the game in a scoreless tie and tossing four innings of hitless ball. He struck out two.

The Cardinals exploded for five runs in the last four frames of the game. Jonathan Rodriguez got the scoring started with a two-run homer in the top of the sixth. He added an RBI single in the eighth and Danny Stienstra added a two-run single to clip the Blue Jays in the opener.

August 3: Palm Beach Cardinals 7 at Dunedin Blue Jays 0

Last season, Ryan Sherriff (4-3) watched fellow teammate Chris Corrigan throw a perfect game. On Saturday night he tried to be the second player in Palm Beach Cardinals history to accomplish the feat. After a lead walk to Jon Berti in the top of the fourth, the left hander reeled of fivennings of hitless baseball, keeping his no-hit bid intact. Matt Newton would end his bid, lacing a single to center. Sherriff went the distance, tossing nine innings, allowing one hit and striking out three.

The Cardinals didn't have any problems offensively, scoring seven runs on 12 hits. Stienstra led the way with three hits and an RBI, while Matt Williams added a homer in the fifth.

August 4: Palm Beach Cardinals 5 at Dunedin Blue Jays 4

With the Cardinals trailing 4-3 in the top of the eighth, the Beach Birds tied it on a deep sacrifice fly by Anthony Garcia and won it in the ninth with a solo homer by Jesus Montero.

Corey Baker (1-1) picked up the win, tossing two innings of scoreless relief; while Ronnie Shaban locked down his 15th save of the year in the ninth.

Rodriguez led the Cardinals offense, going 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBI. He clobbered his team-leading 13th home run of the season.

August 5: Palm Beach Cardinals 6 at Dunedin Blue Jays 5

The Cardinals finished the four-game sweep of the Blue Jays in thrilling fashion, as they came back from one down in the bottom of the ninth to surprise the Blue Jays 6-5. Jacob Wilson hit a 2-2 pitch over the left field off the Blue Jays reliever to tie it at 5-5, while Rodriguez crushed a 1-2 pitch to give the Cardinals their first lead since the top of the seventh inning.

After blowing a 4-3 lead, Kiekhefer threw a perfect ninth inning to pick up his first victory of the season. Starter Hector Hernandez was solid, hurling seven innings, allowing three runs, two earned on nine hits.

August 6: off

August 7: Palm Beach Cardinals 8, Jupiter Hammerheads 0

The Cardinals couldn't lose and Joe Cuda (2-0) continues to toss gems. On Wednesday night, Cuda pitched seven innings of shutout baseball, scattering three hits and striking out three. He picked up his second win since joining Palm Beach, as the Cardinals scored eight runs and pounded out 10 hits to cruise by the Hammerheads.

Wilson got things started with a three-run blast in the fifth, extending the Cardinals lead to 4-0. Rodriguez went yard in the next frame, clubbing his team-leading 15th homer of the season. His two-run shot gave the Cardinals 7-0.

Rodriguez Tops Charts - Jonathan Rodriguez capped off an impressive month of July by receiving the St. Louis Cardinals Minor League Player of the Month award for July. He continued his work by winning Player of the Week Honors in the FSL.

During the period of July 29 through August 4, Rodriguez played in seven games, hitting .426 (12-for-26) with three doubles, three homers and nine RBI. In his second campaign with the Palm Beach Cardinals, the San Juan, PR native is hitting .306 (113-for-369) with 31 doubles, one triple, 15 dingers and 67 RBI.

Hands Up, Sherriff's in town - The Culver City, CA native picked up the FSL Pitcher of the Week award after hurling a gem on August 3rd. He went nine innings, allowing one walk and one hit, while striking out three. Last season, he was the awarded the St. Louis Cardinals Player of the Month for his work in the month of June.

Ace Shutdown - Palm Beach hurler Tyrell Jenkins has been shut down for the rest of the 2013 season. The former first rounder in the 2010 draft went had season-ending surgery on Monday to repair a tear in his latissimus muscle.

Transactions

8/1/13: RHP Kyle Barraclough sent on rehab assignment to GCL Cardinals
8/2/13: RHP Travis Miller released by Palm Beach Cardinals
8/2/13: LHP Marco Gonzales assigned to Palm Beach from Peoria
8/7/13: IF Patrick Wisdom assigned to Palm Beach from Peoria

On the Horizon

The Cardinals will play two more games with the Jupiter Hammerheads (Marlins) before hitting the road for a seven-game series beginning on Saturday night at St. Lucie (Mets).



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