April 31: Palm Beach Cardinals 7, Jupiter Hammerheads 2
The Palm Beach Cardinals took advantage of their midweek off day as they came back to win their second straight contest. Palm Beach scored five runs in the bottom of the second and coasted to an easy victory.
In the second, Ronald Castillo belted a two-run homer for an early 2-0 lead. Palm Beach took advantage of four walks, one error and a single to claim a 5-0 lead before the inning ended.
Staked to a 5-0 lead, right-hander Trey Nielsen (W, 2-2) tallied the victory. He tossed 6 2/3 innings, allowing two runs, one earned on five hits. He struck out three while scattering five hits.
May 1: Jupiter Hammerheads 4 at Palm Beach Cardinals 2
Jupiter evened the series on Friday night against Palm Beach. For the second straight night, the Cardinals were out hit by the Hammerheads. However, unlike Thursday night, Palm Beach dropped the contest.
Corey Littrell (L, 0-4) continued his slow start. He dropped his fourth straight game of the season and pushed his ERA to 6.35 on the year. Littrell allowed four runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings in the loss.
May 2: Palm Beach Cardinals 4 at Jupiter Hammerheads 1
Will Anderson (W, 1-0) helped the Cardinals take game three of the four game series over the Hammerheads. The right-hander allowed one run on four hits in eight innings. He struck out five with one walk as he won his first career start with the Beach Birds.
Anderson faced 29 batters, allowing five to reach base as he moved through the order. After allowing three hits and a run in the first, he settled in and tossed five hitless innings.
Offensively, the Cardinals tallied 14 hits and scored four runs. Seven of the nine regulars collected at least one hit, while Carson Kelly led the way with two hits and two RBI.
May 3: Jupiter Hammerheads 1, Palm Beach Cardinals 0
Lefty Jimmy Reed (L, 2-1) was outdueled on Saturday night by Sean Townsley. Reed tossed seven innings, scattering five hits, allowing one run while striking out five. However, Townsley tossed six innings of scoreless ball and two other Jupiter relievers tossed scoreless baseball to preserve the win.
Reed’s lone blemish came in the sixth inning. In the frame, Reed allowed two straight hits and plunked a batter to load the bases with no outs. Reed got the next man out, but a sacrifice fly out by Felix Munoz pushed across the lone run of the game.
May 4: St. Lucie Mets 4, Palm Beach Cardinals 0
For the second straight night, the Beach Birds were shut out as St. Lucie again held the Cardinals offense in check. Palm Beach tallied one hit, going 1-for-26 on the night.
Castillo recorded the lone Cardinal hit in the top of the eighth inning. With one out, the outfielder singled up the middle to break up Robert Gsellman’s no-hit bid, but was doubled up on a groundout by Juan Herrera.
May 5: Palm Beach Cardinals 4 at St. Lucie Mets 1
One night after being stifled by the Mets pitching staff, Rob Kaminsky (W, 3-0) decided to return the favor for the Beach Birds. The left-hander tossed seven innings, scattering five hits, allowing one run and striking out five en route to his team-leading third win of the season.
Kaminsky needed to be sharp, as the Cardinals offense was quiet once again. The Cardinals tallied four runs on five hits. They went 2-for-6 with runners in scoring position and left three men on base. Luke Voit had the big night, going 2-for-3 with one RBI.
The Cardinals offense has hit the skids of late. After scoring four runs in the first game of the week, the Cardinals were held to four or less the rest of the week and shut out twice. The Cardinals have been held scoreless four times this season.
Will Anderson was named Florida State League Pitcher of the Week for the period of April 27-May 4. The righty went eight innings in a 4-1 win over the Jupiter Hammerheads.
The Cardinals do not have a true closer, but Kyle Barraclough looks to be the anchor in the bullpen. In 11 2/3 innings, the righty has yet to allow a run. He has struck out 18 and allowed hitters a .143 (6-for-42) batting average.
On the Horizon
The Cardinals finish the series at the Mets on Wednesday before retuning home for a three-game set against the Bradenton Marauders. The Cardinals will hit the road and face Daytona for a four-game series starting on Sunday night.
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