Palm Beach Cardinals Notebook: 2014 Week 16

Their streak was halted at seven, but the Palm Beach Cardinals logged another winning week as they keep their hold on the top spot in the Florida State League South. Corey Baker has been strong out of the pen.

July 16: Palm Beach Cardinals 3, Tampa Yankees 2

The Cardinals rallied to defeat the Tampa Yankees on Wednesday night. Down 2-1 in the seventh inning, the Cardinals used a leadoff double by Anthony Garcia and RBI single by Charlie Tilson to knot it up at 2-2.

In the eighth, the Beach Birds took advantage of two miscues by the Yankees to take the lead. Tilson paced the attack, going 2-for-3 with an RBI, while David Popkins connected for his second homer of the season to give the Cardinals an early 1-0 lead.

Jimmy Reed tossed 7 2/3 innings, scattering nine hits, allowing two runs and striking out four in the no-decision.

July 17: Palm Beach Cardinals 7, Tampa Yankees 3

Kyle Helisek (W, 5-4) won his first game since June, hurling six innings of three-run baseball. The southpaw allowed eight hits and struck out eight.

Helisek benefitted from a seven-run fourth inning by the Cardinals offense. The Beach Birds sent 11 batters to the plate, scoring seven runs on six hits. Tilson delivered the big blow, as he connected for a two-run triple. Cesar Valera, Gerwuins Velazco, Ildemaro Vargas and Bruce Caldwell all contributed RBI hits in the inning.

July 18: Palm Beach Cardinals 5, Tampa Yankees 4

The Cardinals pushed their winning streak to seven games, clipping the Yankees on Friday night. Down 4-0 in the top of the fourth, the Beach Birds scored two, added two more in the fifth and one in the eighth to pull ahead for good.

Luke Voit provided the game-winner with an RBI double.

Cards starter Tyrell Jenkins struggled, tossing four innings, allowing four runs (two earned) on five hits. He walked one and struck two. Corey Baker (W, 4-1) took the win, firing two scoreless innings, while Danny Miranda (S, 3) tallied the save with a perfect ninth.

July 19: Tampa Yankees 5 at Palm Beach Cardinals 0

All good things must come to an end. On Saturday night, Caleb Smith (W, 1-0) halted the Beach Birds’ seven-game winning streak with a fine performance from the mound. He went six scoreless innings, allowing four Cardinals hits, while striking out six.

The Birds had opportunities, collecting eight hits, but left nine men on base while going 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position.

Vargas and Caldwell each went 2-for-4 in the losing effort.

July 20: Daytona Cubs 9 at Palm Beach Cardinals 1

Daytona clubbed 15 hits and scored nine runs in their rout of the Beach Birds. The Cardinals fell behind early and could never get going offensively.

Palm Beach finished with just four hits as Felix Pena (W, 3-6) tossed seven innings of one run baseball. His lone blemish came in the third inning, as Jimmy Bosco tagged him for a solo homer, his first with the Cards.

July 21: Daytona Cubs 9 at Palm Beach Cardinals 6

Starter Silfredo Garcia (L, 6-2) had a rare rough outing, allowing eight runs on nine hits in five innings to take his first loss since his Advanced-A debut. Garcia was victimized by the long ball, giving up two homers.

Palm Beach fought to get back in the game, outhitting the Cubs 12-11, but it wasn’t enough. Anthony Garcia clubbed his tenth homer of the season in the fifth inning. His three-run shot brought the Cardinals within two, but that was as close they got.

July 22: Palm Beach Cardinals 9, Daytona Cubs 3

The Cardinals put a halt to their three-game losing streak, as they blasted the Cubs on Tuesday night. Bruce Caldwell started the festivities with a two-run homer in the first inning to stake the cards to early lead. The Cardinals piled on, scoring seven more runs, as each player in the lineup had at least one hit.

The offensive explosion aided Reed (W, 4-0), who tossed seven innings of two-run baseball. Reed lowered his ERA to 2.57 and collected his first win of the week.

Standing Watch: The Cardinals are holding on to a slight lead in the FSL South standings. With less than a month to play, the Cardinals lead the Fort Myers Miracle by half a game in the standings. The Miracle won the first half, so if they also take the second half, the best overall record will get the second seed in the FSL playoffs. The Cardinals trail the St. Lucie Mets by one game for the second-best record in the FSL South.

Go Charlie: It took over half the season, but Charlie Tilson’s long awaited promotion finally happened. The outfielder was moved to Springfield on Tuesday. In 88 games, the FSL All-Star hit .309 (114-for-369) with eight doubles, eight triples, five homers and 36 RBI.

Baking Well: Corey Baker has been a dominating presence out of the bullpen for the Cardinals. Though he has made spot starts every season in his four-year career, including one in 2014, the right-hander may have found a home as a long reliever. In 21 games, Baker is 4-1 with a 1.52 ERA in 53 1/3 innings. The 24-year-old has not allowed an earned run since July 4.


7/17 C Dante Rosenberg promoted to Memphis from Palm Beach
7/17 C Joshua Lopez added from GCL Cardinals
7/18 RHP Thomas Lee placed on DL
7/18 RHP Ronnie Shaban added from Springfield
7/19 RHP Kyle Barraclough sent down to Peoria from Palm Beach
7/19 LHP Iden Nazario added from Springfield
7/21 C Joshua Lopez sent down to GCL Cardinals from Palm Beach
7/21 C Frankie Rodriguez added from GCL Cardinals
7/22 OF Charlie Tilson promoted to Springfield from Palm Beach

On the Horizon

The Cardinals finish their eight-game homestand on Wednesday night before hitting the road for four at Brevard County (MIL). The Cardinals return on Monday night as they begin a four-game series with the 2013 FSL champion Lakeland Flying Tigers (DET).

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