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The Palm Beach Cardinals are set to prove that 2015 is their season. After failing to make the playoffs in 2014, the Cardinals look to hoist the Florida State League crown for the first time since 2008. With the team excited about the new season, the Cardinals are off to a strong start, going 4-2 on the week, putting them in a tie for first place in the South Division.
April 9: Jupiter Hammerheads 5, Palm Beach Cardinals 3
The Cardinals opened up the 2015 season on a sour note, dropping game one of their four game series against the Hammerheads (MIA).
The Cardinals jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on an RBI single by Bruce Caldwell. However, it didn’t last as Hammerheads scored five unanswered to run away with the game.
Four runs were charged to starter and Cardinals top prospect Alex Reyes. The right-hander did log 10 strikeouts in his 4 2/3 innings on the hill.
Caldwell was the lone bright spot for the Beach Birds. The third basemen recorded a game-high three hits with a run scored and one RBI.
April 10: Palm Beach Cardinals 4, Jupiter Hammerheads 3
In his High-A debut, southpaw Rob Kaminsky dominated. He hurled six innings, scattering five hits, and allowing two unearned runs while fanning six. Kaminsky left the game in a 2-2 tie and as such, did not factor in the decision.
With the score still tied at two, the Cardinals went to work in seventh and eighth innings. In the seventh, Luke Voit gave the Cardinals the lead, driving in C.J. McElroy with a sacrifice fly. In the eighth inning, Ronald Castillo drove in Caldwell to extend the lead to 4-2.
Castillo finished the night 4-for-4 with an RBI for the Cardinals.
April 11: Palm Beach Cardinals 6 at Jupiter Hammerheads 3
The Cardinals took a 2-1 series lead behind another strong pitching performance. Starter Trey Nielsen (W, 1-0) tossed 5 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on three hits. The righty struck out two and walked two to collect his first win of the season.
Second baseman Mason Katz delivered in grand fashion, connecting for his first homer of 2015. His two-run blast in fourth inning put the Cardinals up 3-0. The Birds finished their big offensive night with a three-run seventh inning to extend the lead to 6-2.
Palm Beach featured a balanced attack, with seven of the nine regulars collecting at least one hit each. Rowan Wick and Katz each had a game-high two RBI.
April 12: Jupiter Hammerheads 4, Palm Beach Cardinals 2
With a chance to take an early 3-1 lead in the ‘Fins and Feathers’ series, the Cards fell short as four Hammerheads’ hurlers stifled the Cardinals in route to a series split.
Jupiter pitching held Palm Beach to two runs on seven hits, while fanning 10 batters.
Juan Herrera led the way with two hits and two RBI, but it wasn’t enough as the Cardinals dropped the finale.
April 13: Palm Beach Cardinals 4 at Lakeland Flying Tigers 0
In their first road trip of the year, the Cardinals pitching staff tossed their first shutout of the season. Arturo Reyes (W, 1-0) started the masterpiece, pitching five innings, yielding six hits and recording five strikeouts.
Kyle Barraclough, Josh Lucas and Chris Perry finished the shutout, tossing four innings of scoreless ball. Barraclough pitched two innings with four strikeouts, while Lucas and Perry each added an inning of hitless ball.
Carson Kelly supplied all the offense the Cardinals needed, connecting for a two-run homer in the fourth. The catcher finished the night 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI.
April 14: Palm Beach Cardinals 7, Lakeland Flying Tigers 1
Palm Beach continued its winning ways, handing the Detroit Tigers’ affiliate its second straight loss. Cardinals scored early and often as they connected for five extra base hits in route to their highest run output of the young season.
Caldwell went 3-for-5 with three runs scored, while Voit added two hits and two runs scored. Kelly finished with a game-high four RBI and added two hits.
Bruce Almighty - Utilityman Bruce Caldwell is off to a sizzling start. In six games, he is hitting .476 (10-for-21) with four doubles and two RBI. Caldwell leads the FSL in batting and hits and is second in doubles.
Ready Reed - In his second season with the Cardinals, Jimmy Reed is off to another solid start. The lefty collected his first win of the season on Tuesday night, tossing 5 2/3 innings of one run ball with six strikeouts.
Cold C.J. - McElroy is off to a slow start for the Beach Birds. The leadoff hitter is batting .167 (3-for-18) with three runs scored and four strikeouts. Last season, McElroy hit .267 with 74 runs scored and 41 stolen bases with the Low-A Peoria Chiefs.
Bird Down, Low Down
4/9/15- C Charlie Neil placed on the DL
4/9/15- P Dixon Llorens placed on the DL
4/9/15- P Iden Nazario placed on the DL
4/9/15- P Tyler Melling placed on the DL
4/9/15- INF Cesar Valera placed on the DL
4/9/15- P Cory Jones placed on the DL
4/12/15- P Ronnie Shaban assigned to Springfield from Palm Beach
4/12/15- P Cody Schumacher assigned to Palm Beach from Peoria
On the Horizon
The Cardinals will finish up their four-game set with the Flying Tigers before heading home on Friday for a six-game homestand against co-first place Charlotte (TB) (4/17-4/19) and Fort Myers (MIN) (4/20-4/22).
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