Palm Beach Cardinals Notebook: 2015 Week 5

The streaky Palm Beach Cardinals continue their up-and-down play. Last week, the Cardinals went 3-3 to stay within four games of the Charlotte Stone Crabs in the Florida State League South Division.

May 6: Palm Beach Cardinals 3, St. Lucie Mets 0

Trey Nielsen (W, 3-2) helped the Cardinals win their second straight game on Wednesday night. Nielson hurled five innings of scoreless baseball with four strikeouts.

The right-hander held the Mets to three hits while the bullpen finished the shutout with four scoreless innings.

The Cardinals offense got it going in the top of the fifth.

Jose Gonzalez doubled, moved to third on a single by Rowan Wick and scored on a sacrifice fly by Juan Herrera. The Cardinals added another run in the sixth on an RBI single by Bruce Caldwell and the final run in the seventh on an RBI double by Mason Katz.

Katz finished the game 3-for-4 with one run scored and one RBI.

May 7: Palm Beach Cardinals 1, Bradenton Marauders 0

After going winless in the his first four starts of the 2015 season, Corey Littrell (W, 1-4) finally put together a solid start for the Beach Birds. The left-hander went eight innings, allowing five hits with seven strikeouts without allowing a run to the Marauders on Thursday night.

Kyle Barraclough (S, 4) closed it down with a perfect ninth inning. The righty collected his team-leading fourth save of the year while striking out two.

The lone run of the game came in the third inning. Herrera singled, moved to third on a fielding error by the shortstop and scored on an RBI fly out by Katz.

May 8: Bradenton Marauders 7 at Palm Beach Cardinals 5

The FSL Pitcher of the Week struggled in his second FSL start on Friday night. Will Anderson (L, 1-1) was roughed up for five runs on seven hits. He did not get out of the third inning as the Marauders ambushed him for four runs before recording an out.

Palm Beach clawed back into the game in the bottom of the inning, scoring three runs on three hits to get within one. Caldwell drove in the first run with an RBI groundout, while Luke Voit brought in the next two with a two-run single. However, that was as close as the Cardinals could get. The Marauders added an insurance run and took game two.

Palm Beach had their chances, but went 3-for-19 with runners in scoring position.

May 9: Bradenton Marauders 5 at Palm Beach Cardinals 3

With a 3-2 lead, Jimmy Reed entered the seventh inning with a chance to win his third game of the season. However, the left-hander gave up three consecutive hits and subsequently the lead.

Bradenton added another run to take the contest 5-3.

Reed (L, 2-2) took the loss, tossing 6 2/3 innings, allowing four runs, three earned, on eight hits.

The Cardinals were outhit 11-to-5.

May 10: Day Off

May 11: Palm Beach Cardinals 7 at Daytona Tortugas 6 (10)

In a back-and-forth contest between the Tortugas and Cardinals, it was Palm Beach that prevailed in ten innings. The Cardinals clubbed 15 hits and scored seven times to squeeze by the Tortugas.

Jimmy Bosco keyed the offensive attack, recording a game-high three hits with two doubles, two runs scored and two RBI.

Herrera added three hits and a run scored.

Despite allowing his first run of the season, Kyle Barraclough (W, 1-0) tallied his first win of 2015. The righty went 1 1/3 innings, allowing one run on one hit while recording two strikeouts.

May 12: Daytona Tortugas 10, Palm Beach Cardinals 2

Hoping to earn his fourth win, Rob Kaminsky (L, 3-1) was instead tagged for six runs on eight hits in five innings. The left-hander’s first loss of the season pushed his ERA to 3.00. Kaminsky struggled a bit with his command, walking three.

The Cardinals had two bright spots on the night. Wick and Bosco connected for solo homers in the second to cut the lead to 6-2, but that was as close as they would get. Wick finished the night 2-for-4, while Reyes added a game-high three hits.

Caliente: The Cardinal Nation’s No. 3 prospect is red hot right now. Right-hander Alex Reyes fanned a season-high 11 batters in six innings on Monday night. On the season, Reyes has fanned 52 batters in 32 1/3 innings, most in Minor League Baseball.

High-Voitage: Luke Voit is swinging a hot bat for the Cardinals. In 30 games, the first baseman is leading the squad in batting (.309), hits (34) and is tied in homers (two) and RBI (17).

Home Field Disadvantage: Despite holding the second best record in the FSL South Division, the Cardinals are 6-7 at home on the season. The juice from the crowd is not helping as the Cardinals are averaging the lowest attendance (555) among all FSL teams.

Perfect No-More: Rob Kaminsky was roughed up in his last start, dropping the contest and suffering his first loss of the season. Kaminsky allowed a season-high eight hits and six runs in the loss. He walked three, but completed five innings. The lefty has finished at least five innings in five of his six starts.

Rusty Ronald: After starting the season with a four hit contest, Ronald Castillo has yet to record a multi-hit game. Since game two of the season, Castillo is hitting .104 (8-for-77) with one homer and four RBI.


5/11 C Charlie Neil assigned to State College from Palm Beach

On the Horizon

The Cardinals continue their series with the Tortugas on Wednesday and Thursday before heading to face the Marauders on Friday. After their series with Bradenton, Palm Beach heads home for a three-game set with the St. Lucie Mets.

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