After taking two games from second-place Bradenton, the Palm Beach Cardinals came into the final week of the schedule holding down first place in the FSL South. With five games left in the season and a one-game lead, the Cardinals lost four of the five as the Marauders passed them to end their season.
August 27: Jupiter Hammerheads 4, Palm Beach Cardinals 2
The Cardinals jumped out to an early lead, scoring two runs in the top of the second inning. Jimmy Bosco delivered an RBI single to score the first run of the game, while Juan Herrera’s double play groundout scored the second run.
However, that would be the only two runs that Jake Esch (W, 6-6) gave up on the night. The right-hander tossed seven innings, scattering five hits with three strikeouts.
Cardinals starter Nick Petree (L, 6-5) struggled. He went 6 1/3 innings, allowing ten hits, four earned runs with five strikeouts. The right-hander could not avoid the big inning, allowing three runs in the third.
August 28: St. Lucie Mets 2 at Palm Beach Cardinals 0
Three St. Lucie Mets pitchers combined to toss a five-hit shutout on Thursday night. Luis Cessa (W, 7-8) tossed 6 1/3 innings, allowing five hits without giving up a run. He struck out five batters and walked one.
The Cardinals had just five hits on the night. Bruce Caldwell, who went 2-for-4, was the lone Cardinal to record multiple hits.
Silfredo Garcia (L, 7-4) pitched well in the loss. The left-hander went six innings, allowing five hits, two earned runs with four strikeouts. He ran into trouble in his final inning, allowing two runs on two hits.
August 29: St. Lucie Mets 3 at Palm Beach Cardinals 1
The Cardinals dropped their fourth straight game as the offense again sputtered. They recorded four hits on the night, all singles, while going 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position.
Jimmy Reed (L, 6-2) suffered his second loss of the season for the Cardinals. He went 6 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on eight hits with three strikeouts.
August 30: Palm Beach Cardinals 12 at St. Lucie Mets 5 (11 innings)
After battling to a 5-5 tie for the first 11 innings, the Cardinals rattled off six runs on four hits to end their four-game losing streak.
Despite being outhit, the Cardinals found a way to win the game. In his FSL debut, Derek Gibson went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI. He scored the game-winning run in the 11th and drove in the final and sixth run in the frame. Luke Voit added two hits and two RBI.
Kevin Herget (W, 2-0) recorded the win, tossing three innings, allowing four hits with two strikeouts.
August 31: St. Lucie Mets 4, Palm Beach Cardinals 2
Though the Cardinals were eliminated, Tyrell Jenkins finished the 2014 campaign on a relatively positive note. The right-hander tossed seven strong innings, allowing four runs on nine hits with five strikeouts. The former first rounder, who missed most of the 2013 season, finished 6-5 with a 3.28 ERA.
What Happened? As early as the beginning of last week, the Cardinals led the FSL South by a game over the Bradenton Marauders. However, the Cardinals dropped five of their last seven games and watched the Marauders win the second half South Division title.
Not Dream Weaver: Luke Weaver finished a disappointing FSL campaign on August 25th, when he was shut down for the season and returned to the Gulf Coast League. The first rounder from Florida State went 0-1 with a 21.60 ERA with three strikeouts and four walks in 3 1/3 innings.
Impressive Debut: Derek Gibson was called up from the GCL on Saturday and played two game with the Cardinals. He went 5-for-8 with one homer and three RBI. He scored three runs in his short stint with Palm Beach.
Billbrough’s Best: Logan Billbrough finished the season on a high note. The right-hander tossed six scoreless innings in his last four appearances for the Cardinals. He finished the month of August going 1-0 with a save and a 2.31 ERA.
8/27 RHP Dixon Llorens assigned to Springfield from Palm Beach
8/27 RHP Corey Baker assigned to Springfield from Palm Beach
8/28 RHP Chris Perry activated from the 7-day DL
8/29 C Adam Ehrlich assigned to Palm Beach from Johnson City
8/30 OF Derek Gibson added from GCL
8/30 C Gerwuins Velazco placed on 7-day DL
9/1 RHP Nick Petree assigned to Springfield from Palm Beach
9/1 OF Nick Martini assigned to Springfield from Palm Beach
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