Palm Beach Cardinals Notebook: 2014 Week 14

The Florida State League Cardinals are winning - when it isn’t raining. Charlie Tilson continues to lead the offense.

The Palm Beach Cardinals won three of their four games last week, but rain temporarily washed away two contests. The Beach Birds are right in the hunt as they sit just one game out of first place in the Florida State League South standings.

July 2: Palm Beach Cardinals 7 at Jupiter Hammerheads 3

The Beach Birds continued their winning ways against the Hammerheads, beating the Miami Marlins affiliate on Wednesday night. Palm Beach hitters roughed up former St. Louis Cardinal Brad Penny (L, 0-1), scoring four runs on seven hits in 4 2/3 innings. Palm Beach added three more in the eighth to put the game away.

In his second start since being promoted from Class-A Peoria, Jimmy Reed (W, 2-0) tossed 6 2/3 innings of three-run baseball. The left-hander allowed 11 hits but struck out five to lock down the victory.

Charlie Tilson had a big night, going 2-for-4 with three RBI. The leadoff man raised his batting average to .314. Bruce Caldwell also drove in three, as he went 2-for-5 with a double.

July 3: Palm Beach Cardinals 5 at Jupiter Hammerheads 3

Palm Beach finished off the three-game sweep of the Hammerheads on Thursday night, scoring four runs in the top of the eighth to stun Jupiter.

In the eighth inning, the Beach Birds sent eight men to the plate and scored four runs on four hits to take the lead. Jimmy Bosco led off with a double. After a walk, he moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Gerwuins Velasco. With runners on second and third, Tilson singled, scoring one run. Ildemaro Vargas plated the second run of the inning with a single, while Caldwell drove in two runs with a double.

Danny Miranda (W, 3-1) recorded the win, tossing four innings of relief, allowing three hits and one run.

July 4: Bradenton Marauders 7 at Palm Beach Cardinals 4

With one of the largest crowds of the season in attendance Friday night, the Cardinals squandered a four-run lead to drop the opener to Marauders. In his first start, Corey Baker was dominant, hurling five scoreless frames with two hits and three strikeouts. He left the game in line for the victory, but the bullpen could not maintain it.

Thomas Lee gave up three runs on five hits in the eighth inning, while Kevin Alexander (L, 0-1) was bombed for four runs on three hits in the ninth.

Tilson recorded his third straight multi-hit game, going 2-for-4.

July 5: Palm Beach Cardinals 4, Bradenton Marauders 1

Tyrell Jenkins (W, 3-1) continued his dominance of the Florida State League. The right-hander went seven innings, allowing one unearned run, scattering five hits and walking two. He did not record a strikeout, but got nine outs via the groundout and eight by way of fly out.

Jenkins improved his ERA to 1.71 on the season after the win.

The Cardinals scored three of their runs in the bottom of the third. Valera had an RBI single, while Velasco knocked a two-run double to give Palm Beach the early 3-0 edge.

July 6: Palm Beach vs. Bradenton - Suspended - The game was stopped in the fifth inning due to weather with the Cards down 3-1, and will be resumed on August 22.

July 7: Off day

July 8: Palm Beach Cardinals vs. Fort Myers Miracle - Postponed - Rescheduled as part of a double-header on Wednesday, July 9.

Terrific Tilson: The FSL All-Star continues to have a standout season for the Cardinals. In 77 games, Tilson is hitting .317 (103-for-325) with seven doubles, five triples, five homers and 31 RBI. The 21-year-old has a five-game hitting streak and is hitting .350 (7-for-20) in July.

Big Bat Caldwell: The infielder hit a scorching .329 (26-for-79) with 14 runs scored, five doubles, two homers, five homers and 19 RBI during the month of June. Caldwell led the team in doubles, triples, homers and RBI during the month.

Top Prospect Dealin’: In early action since coming off the disabled list, Tyrell Jenkins has dominated the A-Advanced circuit. In four starts, he is 3-1 with 1.71 ERA with five strikeouts in 21.0 innings. The Cardinal Nation currently ranks Jenkins the No. 14 prospect in the organization.


7/4 RHP Kevin Alexander added from GCL Cardinals
7/5 RHP Kevin Alexander returned to GCL Cardinals

On the Horizon

The Cardinals finish their six-game homestand on Thursday against the Fort Myers Miracle (MIN). They will hit the road and face the Clearwater Threshers (PHI) for a four-game set starting on Friday before returning to Roger Dean Stadium for a four-game series with the Tampa Yankees.

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