The Palm Beach Cardinals ended a solid road trip, winning four of seven. With the All-Star break less than ten days away, the 27-31 Cardinals will likely not make the playoffs in the first half but are poised to make their run in the second half.
May 28: Palm Beach Cardinals 7 at Daytona Cubs 2
Joe Cuda (W, 2-5) had it all working on Wednesday night, hurling six innings of one run baseball to lead Palm Beach to victory. The right-hander allowed five hits, walked one and struck out seven.
Luke Voit provided all the run power Cuda and the Cards needed. The first baseman went 4-for-5 with two runs and three RBI on the night. His triple in the top of the third broke up a 1-1 tie, and gave the Cardinals their first lead.
Voit ended the game with two doubles and one triple. He wasn't the only Beach Bird with a multi-hit night, as Charlie Tilson, Ildemaro Vargas, Breyvic Valera, Alex Mejia and Luis Perez all had at least two hits. Mejia went 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI.
May 29: Palm Beach Cardinals 8 at Daytona Cubs 1
For the second straight game, the Cardinals received a magnificent pitching performance from their starter. Kyle Helisek (W, 3-2) went six innings, scattering four hits and allowing one run. He walked three and struck out three.
Trailing 1-0 in the top of the fifth, the Cardinals scored two in the fifth, three in the sixth and three in the eighth to run away with the game.
Bruce Caldwell was instrumental to the success of the offense, as designated hitter recorded two hits in four at bats and drove in three, while Valera added three hits and two runs.
May 30: Palm Beach Cardinals 7 at Daytona Cubs 2
The Cardinals made it three in a row, taking the finale from the Cubs. Silfredo Garcia (W, 2-1) hurled 6 1/3 innings, scattering six hits, allowing two runs and striking out four. He recorded his second win of the year as the offense backed him with seven runs and 12 hits.
Palm Beach got off to a great start, scoring four runs in the top of the first inning. In the frame, Tilson singled and scored on an RBI double by Vargas, making it 1-0. Voit followed with a single, putting runners on the corners with one out. Mejia doubled, scoring Vargas to extend the lead to 2-0, while Nick Martini's triple made it 4-0.
Palm Beach added three more runs to record their third straight win of the road trip.
May 31: Lakeland Flying Tigers 7, Palm Beach Cardinals 5
The winning streak ended on Saturday night as the Beach Birds fell to the Flying Tigers.
Palm Beach got off to a great start, scoring two runs to take a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the fourth. However, Mike Mayers (L, 2-6) ran into trouble in the fourth. The right-hander allowed a grand slam and a solo shot, relinquishing the lead.
Palm Beach fought back, but it wasn't enough.
Mayers took the loss, hurling seven innings, allowing seven runs on ten hits. He struck out five and walked two.
June 1: Lakeland Flying Tigers 2, Palm Beach Cardinals 0
The Cardinals ran into a buzzsaw on Sunday. Josh Turley (W, 5-0) twirled a gem for the Flying Tigers, tossing seven innings of four-hit baseball. Turley struck out three and lowered his ERA to 1.85 on the season. He recorded his team-leading fifth win of the season as the Cardinals were held to four messily singles on the day.
Mejia led the way with two of the four hits.
Nick Petree (L, 3-2) took the tough loss, allowing two runs, one earned on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings.
June 2: Lakeland Flying Tigers 4, Palm Beach Cardinals 3 (10)
The Cardinals dropped their third straight game on Monday night, as they let one slip away. With a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the eighth inning, Thomas Lee yielded a solo homer to James Robbins, tying the game at 3-3.
Valera finished the game 2-for-3 with a run scored, while David Washington went 1-for-4 with a homer.
June 3: Palm Beach Cardinals 6 at Lakeland Flying Tigers 3
Palm Beach finished its road trip on a high note, doubling up the Lakeland Flying Tigers on Tuesday night. Cuda (W, 3-5) turned in another fine performance, going six innings, allowing three runs on four hits. He struck out four en route to his third straight win.
Valera paced the offense with three hits on the night. He had three RBI. Tilson went 2-for-4 with two runs and one RBI.
Hey Now You're An All-Star: The Palm Beach Cardinals had four players named to represent the Beach Birds in the Florida State League Summer Classic. LHP Kyle Helisek, infielder Breyvic Valera and outfielder Charlie Tilson will represent the Cardinals at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, FL on Saturday, June 14.
Stars Align: Outfielder Starlin Rodriguez is the fourth All-Star, but instead will return to the Texas League as a member of the Springfield Cardinals after his promotion on June 3. The outfielder had a great start to the season with Palm Beach, batting .269 with 30 runs scored, five homers and 24 RBI.
Gast is Back: John Gast returns to Palm Beach for the first time since 2011. The left-hander is recovering from shoulder surgery and made his first start since 2013 on June 3. Gasts went five innings, allowing one run on five hits.
5/31: OF Jhohan Acevedo assigned to Palm Beach from Johnson City
5/31: OF Nick Martini assigned to Springfield from Palm Beach
6/2: RHP Josh Lucas assigned to State College from Palm Beach
6/2: LHP John Gast assigned to Palm Beach from Memphis disabled list
On the Horizon
The Cardinals return to Roger Dean Stadium on Wednesday, June 4 as they play host to the Clearwater Threshers (PHI). After their four-game set with the Threshers, the Cardinals will hit the road before the All-Star break on June 14.
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