The Palm Beach Cardinals finished the week 3-4, dropping back to .500 for time since April 13. With the team continuing its roller coaster ride, the Charlotte Stone Crabs are running away with the division race in the first half. In fact, Charlotte owns the best record in the Florida State League at 25-12.
May 13: Daytona Tortugas 4, Palm Beach Cardinals 3
In game three of the four-game series, the Cardinals out hit the Tortugas but squandered a two-run lead and dropped their second straight contest. The Cardinals tallied 11 hits, however went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left nine runners on base as the Tortugas came from behind to spoil the night for the Beach Birds.
Trey Nielsen (L, 3-3) was charged with the loss, allowing four runs on eight hits in 4 1/3 innings.
May 14: Daytona Tortugas 5, Palm Beach Cardinals 4 (12)
For the second straight night, the Cardinals dropped a one-run contest to Daytona. In a game that saw three ties and four lead changes, it was back-to-back RBI singles in the 12th inning that propelled the Tortugas over the Cardinals.
The Beach Birds battled all night, coming from behind to tie it in the ninth inning on a run-scoring error by the Tortugas. The Beach Birds added another run in the top of the 12th to take a 4-3 lead as Mason Katz doubled with Brett Wiley on base. However, it wasn’t enough as Josh Lucas (L, 1-1) yielded two runs in the 12th, handing the Cardinals their third straight loss.
May 15: Palm Beach Cardinals 5 at Bradenton Marauders 4
After coming up short two nights in a row, the Cardinals halted their losing streak with a come-from-behind victory. Down 4-0 in the top of the eighth inning, the Cardinals scored three in the eighth and two in the ninth to win in Bradenton.
In the top of the eighth inning, Wiley delivered a two-run double and scored on an RBI groundout by Katz to cut the lead to 4-3. In the ninth, the Cardinals took advantage of control problems as they scored two runs on bases-loaded walks to Reyes and Wiley.
Wiley finished the game 3-for-3 with three RBI.
May 16: Palm Beach Cardinals 8 at Bradenton Marauders 6 (11)
The Cardinals started off the contest strongly, scoring six runs and jumping out to a 6-0 lead on Saturday night. Wick delivered the big blow, connecting for a grand slam. His third homer of the season capped the scoring and pushed the Cardinals toward another victory.
However, the Cardinals were held scoreless for eight straight innings while allowing the Marauders to come back and tie the contest at 6-6. Like they did the night before, the Cardinals answered when backed into a corner. In the top of the 11th, the Cardinals pushed across two runs on a clutch two-run single by Luke Voit.
The offensive slugfest featured 14 runs and 29 hits in total. The Cardinals had 13 as Katz led the way with a game-high four safeties.
May 17: Bradenton Marauders 2, Palm Beach Cardinals 0
The Marauders salvaged the series finale as they shut down the Cardinals on Sunday night. Hurlers Cody Dickson and Cesar Pimentel combined to toss a seven-hit shutout.
Overshadowed by the brilliant performance was Cardinals’ Alex Reyes. The right-hander fanned six batters in three innings after striking out a career-high 12 in his last start. However, he had control issues, walking five batters in the loss.
May 18: St. Lucie Mets 4 at Palm Beach Cardinals 1
In an early morning contest, the Mets spoiled the Cardinals return to Roger Dean Stadium as they won the opener of their three game series. St. Lucie ambushed Palm Beach with three runs in the fourth and never looked back.
The Cardinals lone bright spot came in the bottom of the seventh inning as Carson Kelly clubbed his third homer of the year.
Rob Kaminsky (L, 3-2) suffered his second straight loss though he pitched well, allowing three runs on seven hits in 6 2/3 innings.
The Dean Unkind: The Cardinals continue their struggles at Roger Dean Stadium. In 14 home games, the Cardinals have tallied just six wins.
First Place Race: With over half the games concluded in the first half of the FSL season, Palm Beach is all but out the race with Charlotte Stone Crabs owning the best record in the league. Through 38 games, the Cardinals are 6.5 games behind the Stone Crabs in the FSL South standings.
Running McElroy: Despite struggling early at the plate, the Cardinals outfielder C.J. McElroy has found his stride on the base paths. In 19 attempts, the switch-hitter has swiped a league-high 14 bases. Last season, McElroy stole a Cardinals system-leading 41 bases with the Peoria Chiefs.
Voltage Voit: The Cardinals offense has been stagnant at times this season, but it has nothing to do with Luke Voit. In 37 games, the first baseman is batting .307 (42-for-137) with two homers and 20 RBI. Voit currently holds a five-game hitting streak and is in the top 10 in the FSL in batting average.
King Reyes: Alex Reyes is breezing through the FSL with his high-90’s fastball. In 35 1/3 innings, Reyes has fanned 58 batters. He leads all of minor league baseball with 14.8 SO/9 rate and his tied for first in strikeouts with Jose De Leon (Los Angeles Dodgers) of the California League.
May 18 LHP Steve Sabatino to Extended Spring Training
May 18 RHP Cody Schumacher to Extended Spring Training
May 18 RHP Kender Villegas added from Extended Spring Training
May 18 LHP Ian McKinney added from Extended Spring Training
On the Horizon
The Cardinals continue their three-game set with the Mets on Tuesday and Wednesday night before welcoming in the Clearwater Threshers on Thursday night to open a four-game series at Roger Dean Stadium.
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