Palm Beach Cardinals Notebook: 2014 Week 11

The high-A Cardinals finished the first half strongly and opened the second half with two more wins. Tyrell Jenkins made a memorable return to the Florida State League. Breyvic Valera and Kyle Helisek win our mid-year top Beach Birds player and pitcher honors.

The Palm Beach Cardinals' season-high seven-game winning streak was snapped last week, but the Beach Birds got back on track after the All-Star Break, winning two straight Florida State League contests.

June 11: Bradenton Marauders 6, Palm Beach Cardinals 5

The Cardinals seven-game winning streak came to screeching halt on Wednesday night, as they blew a one-run lead in the ninth inning. Entering the final frame, the Cardinals were up 5-4 with Chris Thomas (L, 1-1) taking the mound. The right-hander gave up two runs on four hits to lose his first game of the season.

Offensively, Luke Voit, Bruce Caldwell and David Washington had two hits each. Washington finished with two RBI.

June 12: Bradenton Marauders 2, Palm Beach Cardinals 0

Three Marauders hurlers combined to toss a seven-inning shutout on Thursday night en route to a 2-0 win over the Beach Birds. Tyler Glassnow (W, 3-3) went five innings, scattering three hits and striking out seven Cardinals.

The dominant performance by the Marauders spoiled a solid start from Mike Mayers (L, 2-7), who tossed six innings of two-run baseball. He allowed eight hits, while striking out eight, but lost his fifth straight game. Palm Beach was held to five hits on the night. Caldwell was the lone Beach Bird with multiple hits, going 2-for-3.

June 13-15: All-Star Break

June 16: Palm Beach Cardinals 5, Jupiter Hammerheads 3

Fresh off the All-Star break, the Cardinals beat their in-stadium rivals on Monday night. Nick Petree hurled a solid game, tossing six innings and allowing two runs. He scattered six hits and struck out five, but did not factor in the decision as the bullpen blew his one-run lead late in the contest.

However, the offense rebounded, scoring two runs in the eighth inning to take the victory. Voit's two-run double in the eighth proved to be the big blow, as first baseman crushed a Casey McCarthy pitch into the gap to give the Cardinals the late lead.

Dixon Llorens (S, 3) preserved the victory, hurling a scoreless frame, while Iden Nazario (W, 3-0) picked up the win by hurling 1 1/3 innings of scoreless ball.

Voit finished the game 2-for-4 with two RBI, while Charlie Tilson went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and one driven in.

June 17: Palm Beach Cardinals 9, Jupiter Hammerheads 0

The Cardinals flirted with a no-hitter on Monday, as three hurlers combined for a one-hit shutout in their rout of the Hammerheads. Making his first start since going down with a shoulder injury on July 6, 2013, Tyrell Jenkins (W, 1-0) tossed six innings of no-hit ball. The righty walked two and struck out three en route to his first win of the season.

Jupiter's lone hit came in the top of the ninth inning against Corey Baker, as Colin Moran broke up the no-no. However, it wasn't enough as the Cardinals scored nine times and recorded 15 hits on the night. Voit paced the attack, going 4-for-5 with one run scored and two RBI, while Valera added three hits and two driven in.

All-Star Dominance: Despite the South Division losing the Florida State League All-Star Game on Saturday night, the Cardinals represented the division well. Breyvic Valera went 2-for-5 with a run scored and one RBI, while Tilson finished the game 1-for-2 with a run scored. Kyle Helisek tossed a perfect 1-2-3 inning in the sixth and was in line for the victory until a South reliever blew it in the ninth.

Half Season Most Valuable Player: Valera and Tilson could easily split the award, but Valera has been slightly better for the Beach Birds in the first half of the season. The infielder hit .331 (88-for-266) with eight doubles, four triples and 32 RBI prior to the All-Star break.

Half Season Most Valuable Pitcher: All-Star Helisek takes the honors. The southpaw was 4-2 with 2.59 ERA pre-break. Helisek is second on the team in wins and leads all starters with a 2.59 ERA. He is currently on a three-game winning streak.

Voltage Voit: Voit has been a pleasant surprise for the Cardinals. In 23 games, the first baseman is hitting .356 (32-for-90) with nine doubles, two triples, two homers and 15 RBI.

Transactions

6/13 OF Luis Perez assigned to Peoria from Palm Beach
6/13 C Jose Godoy assigned to State College from Palm Beach
6/13 C Jesus Montero added to the 7-day DL
6/13 C Dante Rosenberg assigned to Palm Beach from Memphis
6/15 C Gerwuins Velazco assigned to Palm Beach from Peoria
6/16 OF Anthony Garcia activated from 7-day DL

On the Horizon

The Cardinals finish up their series with Jupiter Hammerheads on Wednesday night before hitting the road for a six-game road trip. They will travel to Port Charlotte for three games starting on Thursday, June 19 and finish in Bradenton with a three-game series against the Marauders starting on Sunday, June 22.



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