The Palm Beach Cardinals continued to roll, completing a perfect week and pulling within three games of first place in the division. Even though they have been eliminated from first-half playoff contention, the Beach Birds can use this late resurgence to kick start their second half.
June 4: Palm Beach Cardinals 4, Clearwater Threshers 3
The Beach Birds stunned the Threshers on Wednesday night, scoring three runs in the bottom of the ninth to clip Clearwater, 4-3. With two outs and Bruce Caldwell on second base, Casey Rasmus singled to cut the lead to 3-2. Catcher Jimmy Bosco singled to put runners on the corners for Charlie Tilson. The FSL all-star didn't have to do much, as reliever Jordan Guth uncorked a wild pitch, allowing the tying run to score. Tilson then delivered the game-winner on a single to left to score Bosco.
Iden Nazario (W, 1-0) tossing a scoreless ninth for the Cardinals.
Offensively, Tilson finished with two hits, while David Washington went 3-for-4 on the night.
June 5: Palm Beach Cardinals 9, Clearwater Threshers 2
Palm Beach used nine runs on nine hits to win their third straight game and second over the visiting Threshers. The Beach Birds did all their damage in the second and fifth inning, scoring four in the second and five in the fifth.
Caldwell paced the attack, going 3-for-4 with a run scored and three RBI. Breyvic Valera was the only other Beach Bird with a multi-hit game, going 2-for-4.
While the offense was racking up the runs, Palm Beach hurler Silfredo Garcia (W, 3-1) twirled a gem. He went six innings, scattering five hits with two walks and five strikeouts. Garcia recorded his third win of the season.
June 6: Palm Beach Cardinals 4, Clearwater Threshers 3
Palm Beach left the Threshers on the field for the second time in three days, scoring two runs in the ninth to stun Clearwater. After Danny Miranda (W, 1-1) blew the save in the top of the ninth, but the Beach Birds bailed out the lefty in the bottom half of the frame as they scored two runs to end it.
Threshers closer Luke Ridenhour had trouble with the Cardinals lineup in the ninth, giving up a walk and back-to-back singles to load the bases with one out. After getting a force out at home and keeping the Threshers ahead, Riedenhour gave up the game-winner to Jhohan Acevedo. Acevedo's single scored two runs to give the Cardinals the win.
Acevedo led Palm Beach with two hits and two RBI.
June 7: Palm Beach Cardinals 5, Clearwater Threshers 4
Palm Beach finished the four-game sweep of the Threshers with another walkoff victory. With the scored tied at 4-4, Alex Mejia singled, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Caldwell and scored on an RBI single by Bosco.
Nazario (W, 2-0) was the beneficiary, as he recorded the win with a scoreless ninth inning. Starter Nick Petree had a rough outing, going 4 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits in the no decision.
Bosco led the Cardinals with two hits and one RBI.
June 8: Palm Beach Cardinals 4 at St. Lucie Mets 3
Thomas Lee (W, 5-3) was through with all the walkoff heroics and put it upon himself to lead the Palm Beach to their sixth straight victory. The right-hander went 8 1/3 innings, allowing three runs, two earned on six hits.
Valera led the Cardinals with two hits and one run scored. Bruce Caldwell continued his hot hitting, as he blasted a two-run homer in the fifth inning.
For the first time since April 14, the Cardinals moved over .500 on the season.
June 9: Palm Beach Cardinals 9 at St. Lucie Mets 5
Cuda won his second game of the week, tossing 5 2/3 innings of three run baseball. He scattered 10 hits, walked one and struck out two for his fourth win of the season.
The big bat of Mejia backed the right-hander. The shortstop went 2-for-5 with one run scored and five RBI. In the top of the third inning, he smacked his first homer of the season against Domingo Tapia. The three-run shot gave the Cardinals their first lead of the contest.
The Beach Birds put the game out of reach in the top of seventh, scoring four runs and taking a commanding 8-3 lead. Caldwell had a three-run homer of his own in the frame. He finished with two hits and three RBI on the night.
June 10: Palm Beach Cardinals 9 at Bradenton Marauders 3
FSL All-Star Kyle Helisek (W, 4-2) dominated the Marauders over seven innings of two run baseball. The southpaw scattered three hits, two walks, while striking out five.
He didn't need much help, but the Cardinals tallied 15 hits and scored nine runs. Tilson, Washington and Vargas all connected for solo homers and help extend the Cardinals streak to eight games.
2013 Flashback: Joe Cuda may have figured something out recently. The right-hander is 2-0 with 4.63 ERA in two starts. The hurler has won four straight games since starting the season 0-5.
Bruce Almighty: Bruce Caldwell started the season batting .197 in 66 plate appearances through the month of May, but he has been red hot in June. In nine June contests, he is batting .355 with two triples, two homers and nine RBI.
Bosco Power: Since joining the Beach Birds on June 4, all Jimmy Bosco has done is hit. The outfielder has hit in all five Cardinals' games, while tallying one double and three RBI in the process. He has dominated right-handers, batting .500 (7-for-14) against them.
Hey Now You're An All-Star: Three Palm Beach Cardinals will 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 this Saturday, June 14. Outfielder Starlin Rodriguez was the Cards' fourth All-Star, but was promoted to the Springfield Cardinals on June 3.
6/4 OF Jimmy Bosco added from Low-A Peoria
6/5 LHP John Gast transferred to Triple-A Memphis
6/5 RHP Dixon Llorens added from the disabled list
6/7 RHP Aiden Lucas released
6/7 RHP Corey Baker added from Double-A Springfield
On the Horizon
The Cardinals will finish the series with Bradenton before taking the FSL All-Star Weekend off. They will start the second half of the season on Monday night against the Jupiter Hammerheads.
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