Palm Beach Cardinals Notebook: 2014 Week 15

The Florida State League Cards had another strong week. Silfredo Garcia has six wins in a row.

The Palm Beach Cardinals continued to roll, winning six of seven games in the past week. With over a month left, the Cardinals hold a two-game lead in the FSL South Division.

July 9: Palm Beach Cardinals 3, Fort Myers Miracle 2; Palm Beach Cardinals 4, Fort Myers Miracle 1

After rain-washed away the first contest of the series, the Palm Beach Cardinals returned to the field and swept the Miracle in a Wednesday double-header.

Silfredo Garcia (W, 5-1) tossed a complete game gem in the first contest. He allowed four hits, two runs and struck out seven, as the Cardinals needed a late run to clip the Miracle.

With the score tied at 2-2, Nick Martini, who hit a two-run homer earlier in the game, singled to start the seventh. He advanced on a bunt and scored on RBI single by Gerwuins Velazco to give the Beach Birds the opener.

In the nightcap, Jimmy Reed (W, 3-0) outshined Garcia, throwing a complete game with one earned run. He allowed four hits and struck out six batters. Offensively, Bruce Caldwell supplied most of the offense. He went 2-for-2 with three RBI, while Dante Rosenberg connected for his first career home run in the fifth.

July 10: Fort Myers Miracle 5 at Palm Beach Cardinals 4

Kyle Helisek (L, 4-4) hasn’t won since June 10 and dropped another contest. The left-hander went five innings, allowing seven hits with four runs. He struck out two and walked one.

Palm Beach fell behind early, trailing 4-0 after four innings. Caldwell brought them within reach with a two-run homer in the sixth, while Mason Katz and Luke Voit added RBI hits in the eighth to pull within one, but it wasn’t enough as Palm Beach dropped the finale.

July 11: Palm Beach Cardinals 3 at Clearwater Threshers 2

Right-hander Tyrell Jenkins’ (W, 4-1) mastery of the FSL continued on Friday night. The former first rounder tossed six innings, allowing two runs on four hits en route to his fourth win of the season. He walked two and struck out five.

Offensively, Charlie Tilson went 3-for-4 with a run scored and one RBI atop the order, but it was the seventh inning homer by Katz that gave the Cardinals the win. With the score tied at 2-2, Katz hit a two out, solo shot off Lino Martinez to give the Cardinals the game.

July 12: Palm Beach Cardinals 8 at Clearwater Threshers 2

The Cardinals pounded out nine hits and scored eight runs in their rout of the Threshers. Anthony Garcia hit his eighth homer of the season and added two runs scored and three RBI in the win.

The designated hitter’s homer gave Palm Beach starter Joe Cuda (W, 6-6) all he needed. The right-hander went seven innings, allowing two runs on five hits with three strikeouts. He collected his team-leading sixth win with the strong effort.

July 13: Palm Beach Cardinals 3 at Clearwater Threshers 1

Palm Beach used two home runs by Voit to cruise by the Threshers for the third straight night. In the second inning, Voit’s solo shot gave the Cardinals an early 1-0 lead, while in the fourth, he connected for a two-run homer to give Palm Beach the 3-0 edge.

Nick Petree (W, 5-2) took it from there, tossing seven innings of one-run baseball. He allowed four hits and struck out seven. Corey Baker (S, 2) notched the save with two perfect innings with one strikeout.

July 14: Palm Beach Cardinals 12 at Clearwater Threshers 2

In the FSL, is very common to see Major League rehab assignments. However, it is not every day that MLB players get roughed up like Cliff Lee on Monday night. The Philadelphia Phillies’ lefty was tagged for eight runs (three earned) on eight hits in 4 2/3 innings against the Cardinals.

The Cardinals offense scored 12 runs on 13 hits to finish the four-game sweep of the Threshers. David Popkins paced the offense, going 3-for-5 with two runs scored and three RBI, while Garcia added a solo homer in the ninth.

Garcia (W, 6-1) recorded his second win of the week, tossing five innings of one-run baseball.

Two-For-Garcia: The Cardinals pitching staff is on a roll and so is Silfredo Garcia. The righty went 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA in two starts this week. Since losing his first career start on May 17, Garcia is 6-0 in his next nine starts.

First Round Dominance: Tyrell Jenkins has been fantastic since joining the Cardinals on June 17. However, in his last three starts, he is 3-0 with a 0.95 ERA. He has struck out six and walked six in that span.

Not Your Average Popkins: After leading the team in most offensive categories in 2013, David Popkins returned to Palm Beach after struggling in the Texas League. The outfielder slugged his first 2014 homer with the Cardinals on Monday night and will look to lead the team in their playoff pursuit.

Transactions

7/9 LHP Iden Nazario moved to Springfield from Palm Beach
7/9 RHP Samuel Tuivailala moved to Springfield from Palm Beach
7/9 RHP Logan Billbrough added to Palm Beach from Springfield
7/9 OF David Popkins added to Palm Beach from Springfield
7/9 RHP Chris Perry added to Palm Beach from Peoria
7/10 C Adam Ehrlich added to Palm Beach from State College
7/10 C Gerwuins Velazco moved to Springfield from Palm Beach
7/13 RHP Nick Petree activated from the DL
7/14 C Adam Ehrlich added to State College from Palm Beach
7/14 C Gerwuins Velazco moved to Palm Beach from Springfield

On the Horizon

The Cardinals return home for an eight-game homestand starting on Wednesday, July 16 vs. Tampa. They finish the series with the Yankees on July 20 and then welcome the Daytona Cubs on July 21.



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