Palm Beach Cardinals Notebook: 2015 Week 3

The Hugh-A Cardinals continue to stay above the .500 mark with 11-9 record, but have dropped four of their last seven and six straight to the Charlotte Stone Crabs.

April 22: Palm Beach Cardinals 7, Fort Myers Miracle 2

The Cardinals finished their home stand on a high-note with another victory over the Miracle. The Palm Beach offense pounded out 11 hits and scored four runs to sweep the Minnesota Twins’ High-A affiliate.

Mason Katz, Bruce Caldwell and Luke Voit paced the attack, combining for six hits, four runs and two RBI.

Caldwell got things going in the first with an RBI single and the Cards never looked back, scoring four more runs in the first to take the commanding lead.

Rob Kaminsky (W, 1-0) was the beneficiary as he tossed five innings of two-run baseball to pick up the win. He struck out six and walked two to record his first High-A win.

April 23: Charlotte Stone Crabs 1, Palm Beach Cardinals 0

This made it four in a row for the Stone Crabs over the Cardinals as three hurlers combined for the six-hit shutout.

Trey Nielsen (L, 1-2) was the tough luck loser, allowing one unearned run in six innings to take the loss. The righty fanned one, allowed three hits and walked four.

The lone run of the game scored in the third inning on a throwing error by Ronald Castillo, allowing Keon Wong to score.

April 24: Charlotte Stone Crabs 6, Palm Beach Cardinals 1

Things continue to go badly for Cardinals lefty Corey Littrell. Friday night’s starter allowed six runs, four earned, on ten hits in five innings to pick up the loss.

On the season, Littrell is 0-3 with a 6.35 ERA. The former Red Sox propsect has allowed 25 hits in 17 innings and is the only player on the roster with three losses.

Littrell wasn't the only one struggling against the Stone Crabs as the offense was stymied for the second straight night. The Cards recorded six hits and left 16 men on base in the loss.

April 25: Charlotte Stone Crabs 4, Palm Beach Cardinals 0

The march continued as the Stone Crabs finished the series sweep and raised their record to 6-0 over the Beach Birds. For the second time in three nights, the Cardinals were shut out by the Stone Crabs.

April 26: Palm Beach Cardinals 4 at Fort Myers Miracle 2

The Cardinals got back on track winning the opener over the Miracle on Saturday night at CenturyLink Stadium.

After being held to one run over three games, the Cardinals offense cranked out 14 hits and doubled up the Miracle for the victory. C.J. McElroy had a big night, going 4-for-4 with two runs scored. He overshadowed a big night from Caldwell, who added three hits and an RBI.

Jimmy Reed (W, 2-0) took it from there. He went the distance, hurling nine innings, allowing two runs on seven hits with four strikeouts.

April 27: Fort Myers Miracle 5, Palm Beach Cardinals 4 (11)

The Cardinals looked primed to take the second game of the series, scoring four runs on four hits in the top of the fourth inning. After a lead off triple by McElroy, Katz delivered an RBI single to make it 1-0. Back-to-back singles by Caldwell and Voit loaded the bases, and the Cards pushed the lead to 4-0 on an RBI walk to Jose Gonzalez, RBI groundout by Castillo and a sacrifice fly by Robelys Reyes.

However, the lead did not last, as the bullpen squandered away a great start by Alex Reyes (5.1 IP, 0 R, 8K). Kevin Herget allowed four runs in the bottom of the seventh, allowing the game to go extra innings. In the 11th, the Miracle pushed across the game winner on a walk-off walk.

Chris Perry (L, 1-2) suffered the loss as he walked three batters in that final frame.

April 28: Palm Beach Cardinals 3 at Fort Myers Miracle 1

Kaminsky (W, 2-0) added to his solid week, collecting his second win over the Miracle. The southpaw went five innings, allowing one run on four hits. He struggled with his control, walking four but fanned three in the process.

Offensively, Voit provided the big blow of the night as his two-run homer in the top of the first inning proved to be the game-winner. Voit finished with a game-high two hits and added two runs.

Strong Starts: Former first-rounder Rob Kaminsky has found his groove with the Palm Beach Cardinals. The lefty his has won his last two starts, hurling 10 innings of three-run baseball. He has fanned nine, but has allowed six walks in his last two starts.

Killer Katz: Despite having his nine-game hitting streak snapped on Thursday night, Mason Katz continues to tally hits. He recorded eight in his last 23-at bats (.348).

Whiffing Wick: Rowan Wick is off to a slow start for the Cardinals. In 19 games, the outfielder is hitting .194 (14-for-72) with four doubles, one triple and one homer. He leads the team with 24 strikeouts.

Transactions

4/23/15 RHP Chase Brookshire assigned to State College from Palm Beach
4/23/15 RHP Kevin Alexander assigned to Palm Beach from State College
4/24/15 LHP Iden Nazario assigned to Springfield from Palm Beach

On the Horizon

The Cardinals return to The Dean on Thursday night for a four-game set against the Hammerheads. Then they will head back on the road for a short three-game series against the St. Lucie Mets starting on Monday, May 4.



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