Palm Beach Cardinals Notebook: 2015 Week 2

Behind the hot hitting of Mason Katz, the Beach Birds won four of seven to pad their winning record.

The Palm Beach Cardinals hurled 29 1/3 scoreless innings and swept the Lakeland Flying Tigers before dropping three straight games to the Charlotte Stone Crabs. However, the Beach Birds finished out the week strong with two wins over Fort Myers to conclude the 4-3 week.

April 15: Palm Beach Cardinals 5 at Lakeland Flying Tigers 0

The Cardinals continued their winning ways behind a strong pitching performance by Alex Reyes (W, 1-1). The right-hander tossed 5 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball. He struck out 10, scattering three hits and issuing three walks. Chase Brookshire and Steve Sabatino extended the team’s scoreless streak to 12 2/3 innings with 3 1/3 innings of shutout baseball from the pen.

Offensively, Bruce Caldwell and Rowan Wick provided the fireworks. Wick connected for a two-run homer in the second inning to open up the scoring, while Caldwell added a solo homer in the fifth. Palm Beach added two more runs to cap the scoring in the sixth.

Wick finished the game with a team-high two hits and two runs.

April 16: Palm Beach Cardinals 6 at Lakeland Flying Tigers 0

Palm Beach continued its scoreless streak over Lakeland, finishing the four-game sweep of their Florida State League North Division rival. The Beach Birds hurled their second straight shutout and their third of the series as they dominated the Tigers for the fourth straight night.

Former first rounder Rob Kaminsky started the game with two innings of scoreless baseball before handing the ball to the bullpen. Kevin Herget (W, 1-0) tallied the win with five innings of hitless baseball. Herget struck out six of the 15 batters he faced. Kyle Barraclough added two shutout innings to extend the team streak to 21 1/3 innings of shutout ball.

The Cards didn’t have to do much offensively to secure the win, but they tallied 13 hits and scored six runs. In the four-game series, the Cardinals outscored the Flying Tigers 22-1. C.J. McElroy, Luke Voit, Wick, Carson Kelly and Robelys Reyes tallied two hits each, while Juan Herrera finished with a game-high two RBI.

April 17: Charlotte Stone Crabs 10 at Palm Beach Cardinals 4

With the Cardinals rolling in from a great road trip, Roger Dean Stadium and the Charlotte Stone Crabs brought the squad back to earth. Charlotte snapped the Cardinals’ scoreless streak with three runs in the first and scored 10 straight to take a commanding 10-0 lead on Friday night.

Willie Adames, the player to be named later in the David Price trade last July, had a big night for the Stone Crabs. The shortstop went 3-for-4 with two runs scored.

Palm Beach starter Trey Nielsen (L, 1-1) was roughed up eight runs, five earned, on eight hits in the loss.

Voit did most of the damage for the Cardinals as he connected for a solo homer in the sixth and drove in another run in the eighth.

April 18: Charlotte Stone Crabs 11 at Palm Beach Cardinals 3

Roger Dean Stadium proved to be unkind once again for the Beach Birds, as the Stone Crabs clobbered them again. Charlotte scored 11 runs on 11 hits to take game two of the series. This time around it was Juniel Querecuto and Maxx Tissenbaum that did most of the damage. Each player recorded two hits and three RBI in the victory.

Palm Beach did not have an answer for the Stone Crabs’ pitching staff as they scored three runs on eight hits. Jacob Faria (W, 2-0) tossed five innings of two-run ball.

Mason Katz and Reyes tallied two hits each in the loss.

April 19: Charlotte Stone Crabs 7 at Palm Beach Cardinals 6

After two tough losses, the Cardinals looked to return the favor on Sunday night. Palm Beach looked primed to take the finale, taking a commanding 6-1 lead into the top of the eighth inning. However, the Stone Crabs scored six runs on three hits to finish off the three-game sweep.

The bullpen spoiled a great start from Arturo Reyes (6 IP, 1 ER, 1 K). Chase Brookshire allowed four runs and Chris Perry (L, 1-2) yielded two runs in the loss.

The Cardinals got off to a strong start behind the bats of McElroy and Herrera. Each player tallied three hits and scored a run to give the Cardinals an aggressive lead. However, it was not enough as the Cardinals dropped their third straight game to their FSL South Rival.

April 20: Palm Beach Cardinals 4, Fort Myers Miracle 3 (10)

With their backs to the wall, down 3-0, the Cardinals answered with four runs to stun the Miracle on Monday night.

The Miracle got off to a great start, scoring three runs in the second inning off Palm Beach starter Jimmy Reed. However, the lefty settled in after that, finishing with seven innings of three run ball with four strikeouts.

The Cardinals tied the game in the fifth inning on a bases clearing double by Katz and Voit gave the Beach Birds the victory with and RBI single in the tenth. McElroy scored the game-winner as he singled, stole second and scored on the single by Voit.

April 21: Palm Beach Cardinals 4, Fort Myers Miracle 0

With former first rounder Kohl Stewart on the mound for the Miracle, Palm Beach starter Reyes knew he had to be at his best. Reyes did just that, outdueling the right-hander on Tuesday night. Reyes hurled four innings of scoreless baseball with seven strikeouts before turning it over to the bullpen. The Cardinals’ pen answered the call, tossing five innings of scoreless ball to preserve the win.

Offensively, the Cardinals scored one in the first, one in the third and put the game away with two in the seventh. Katz led the way with two hits and an RBI, while Jimmy Bosco added two hits and a run scored.

Pitch Perfect: The Cardinals pitching staff tallied three shutouts in the last week. The Cardinals have four shutouts on the season, which lead the FSL.

League Leader: Bruce Caldwell continues to dominate FSL pitching. The utility man finished the week seventh in batting (.349), eighth in hits (15), second in runs scored (11) and first in walks (10).

More Than a Musical: Mason Katz is on a tear. The second baseman has hit in eight straight games and is second in the league in extra base hits. The right-handed hitter is batting .323 (10-for-31) with five doubles, one homer and nine RBI during his eight-game hitting streak.

Dean Unkind: The Cardinals are 5-1 on the road and 3-4 at home. The Beach Birds have been outscored 38-27 at home.


4/20 INF Cesar Valera assigned to Springfield from Palm Beach’s disabled list

On the Horizon

The Cardinals finish their homestand on Wednesday night against the Miracle before hitting the road to face the Stone Crabs (4/23-4/25) and the Miracle (4/26-4/28).

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