The Palm Beach Cardinals are hanging onto the top spot in the FSL South, taking two games from second-place Bradenton over the weekend. With five games left in the season and a one-game lead, can the Cardinals hold off the Marauders?
August 20: Palm Beach Cardinals 4, Jupiter Hammerheads 3
For the second straight game, the Cardinals used a late run to take the contest from the Jupiter Hammerheads at Roger Dean Stadium. In the bottom of the eighth inning, back-to-back singles by Aledmys Diaz and Luke Voit put runners on the corners with no outs. After recording an out, Jupiter reliever Caleb Suggs uncorked a wild pitch, allowing pinch runner Jimmy Bosco to score from third base.
Iden Nazario (W, 5-0) recorded the win, tossing two-thirds of an inning of shutout baseball. He relieved Nick Petree, who dominated the Hammerheads for 7 1/3 innings. The righty allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits with two strikeouts.
Nick Martini, Diaz and Voit all finished with two hits.
August 21: Palm Beach Cardinals 5 at Jupiter Hammerheads 3
The Cardinals completed the sweep of the Hammerheads on Thursday night, scoring early to back a solid performance by starter Silfredo Garcia. The southpaw tossed seven innings, allowing one unearned run with six strikeouts.
Offensively, Martini was the table setter, recording a game-high three hits with one RBI from the leadoff spot.
David Washington’s 14th homer, a solo shot in the eighth inning, gave the Cardinals 4-1 lead and put the game out of reach.
August 22: Palm Beach Cardinals 4, Bradenton Marauders 1 (7)
Behind a strong performance by Jimmy Reed (W, 6-1), the Cardinals took game one of the pivotal three-game series against the Bradenton Marauders. Reed tossed six innings, allowing six hits, one earned run with three strikeouts.
Anthony Garcia provided most of the offense, connecting for a two-run single to spark a three-run first for the Beach Birds. Voit finished with a game-high two hits and two runs.
August 23: Bradenton Marauders 8 at Palm Beach Cardinals 5
FSL All-Star Tyler Glassnow (W, 12-5) had the answer for Palm Beach on Saturday night. The right-hander tossed five innings, scattering three hits, allowing four runs and striking out eight.
In a sloppy game, which included seven errors and six unearned runs, the Cardinals were outhit 11-5 and dropped their first contest of the homestand.
Starter Corey Littrell is now 0-2 after being charged with eight runs, three earned, in seven innings. The southpaw gave up 11 hits but walked none and finished with seven strikeouts.
Nick Martini had two hits and scored two runs. Mason Katz homered for the fifth time since joining Palm Beach mid-season.
August 24: Palm Beach Cardinals 12, Bradenton Marauders 11 (10)
The Cardinals took a commanding 10-6 lead into the top of the ninth inning, but Ronnie Shaban allowed five runs on three hits to blow the save in the ninth.
Palm Beach rallied, scoring one in the ninth to tie it and one in the 10th to win it. The Cardinals were electric at the plate, connecting for 18 hits and scoring 12 runs. They went a combined 11-for-22 with runners in scoring position. Jimmy Bosco went 4-for-6 with three runs scored and four RBI. Cesar Valera added three hits and a run scored for the Cardinals.
August 25: PPD
August 26: Palm Beach Cardinals 2 at Jupiter Hammerheads 1; Jupiter Hammerheads 3, Palm Beach Cardinals 2 (double-header, 7 innings each)
In game one, Palm Beach faced a 1-0 deficit in the top of the seventh inning, but David Washington tied the game with solo homer. The Cardinals finished the comeback as Gerwuins Velazco delivered an RBI single three batters later to give the Cards a 2-1 lead.
Logan Billbrough (S, 1) closed the door on the Hammerheads, retiring the side in order. Starter Tyrell Jenkins (W, 6-4) pitched well, tossing 6.0 innings, allowing five hits, one unearned run with six strikeouts.
The Cardinals ran out of magic in the nightcap, as the Hammerheads used a late run to win. Nazario’s (L, 5-1) perfect record was spoiled, as he gave up a run on two hits in the sixth inning.
Martini and Katz kept the Cardinals in the game as they recorded two hits each, while Voit and Caldwell had an RBI each.
Mason Katz is swinging a hot bat. The second baseman went 10-for-24 (.417) including a home run and seven RBI last week. He even stole a base!
Gerwuins Velazco has made the most of his limited opportunities, going 5-for-11 during the week including two doubles and four RBI. The catcher added three walks for a .571 OBP for the period.
Outfielders Nick Martini and Jimmy Bosco batted .370 (10-for-27) and .353 (6-for-17), respectively last week. Martini plated three and scored four, while Bosco added one to each total.
Tyrell Jenkins and Silfredo Garcia each had long outings in which they yielded just one unearned run. Garcia went seven innings: Jenkins six. Jimmy Reed also had a one-run outing over six frames last week.
Bruce Caldwell is ice cold. The infielder went 3-for-27 (.111) last week, including nine strikeouts. That lowered his season average to .253.
Anthony Garcia, expected to be a power source, continues his disappointing season. The outfielder went 5-for-22, .227, last week. That actually raised his season average slightly to .225 in 329 at-bats over 95 FSL contests. Garcia has 10 home runs and 43 RBI.
Corey Littrell yielded eight runs over seven innings this week, but only three tallies were earned. The right-hander’s Cardinals ERA is 4.39 through four starts.
8/21 INF Juan Herrera assigned to Palm Beach from Peoria
8/22 INF Aledmys Diaz placed on 7-day DL
8/22 LHP Steve Sabatino assigned to Palm Beach from Peoria
8/23 INF Cesar Valera assigned to Palm Beach from Peoria
8/23 INF Ildemaro Vargas assigned to Springfield from Palm Beach
8/25 RHP Frederis Parra assigned to Palm Beach from Gulf Coast League
On the Horizon
Jupiter is the opponent for the current three-game series at the Dean. The Cardinals hosted game one, while the Hammerheads are the home team for the last two games. Palm Beach will finish the regular season with a four-game home and away series against the St. Lucie Mets, Friday through Monday.
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