May 19: Palm Beach Cardinals 3, St. Lucie Mets 0
After being held to one run by the Mets the day before, the Cardinals returned the favor on Tuesday night. Three pitchers combined to hurl a seven-hit shutout to take game two of the series. Trey Nielsen tossed five innings, yielding six hits while striking out four. Ian McKinney (W, 1-0) tallied the win in his first career appearance with the Beach Birds. The lefty tossed three scoreless frames. Perry recorded the save with a scoreless ninth.
Offensively, the Cardinals tallied 11 hits and scored three runs. Carson Kelly inflicted most of the damage, going 3-for-4 with three RBI. The backstop had a two-run single in the sixth and an RBI single in the eighth.
May 20: St. Lucie Mets 4 at Palm Beach Cardinals 3
The Cardinals dropped the finale and the series as the Mets won on a go-ahead homer in the ninth inning. With the bases empty and two outs, Michael Conforto drove an 0-2 pitch by Josh Lucas (L, 2-2) over the left field fence.
The go-ahead homer wiped away a solid start from Luke Weaver. The righty went five innings, allowing two runs while striking out six. He did not factor in the decision as the Cardinals blew a 3-2 lead in the seventh.
Juan Herrera had an impressive night. The shortstop went 4-for-4 with a run scored.
May 21: Clearwater Threshers 7 at Palm Beach Cardinals 0
It was another long night for the Cardinals as they were held to six hits and no runs. Mark Leiter, son of former MLB pitcher Mark Leiter and nephew of Al Leiter, tossed eight innings of scoreless ball. He recorded his third win of the year while striking out six.
The Cardinals lone bright spot was Kelly, as he went 2-for-3.
May 22: Palm Beach Cardinals 1, Clearwater Threshers 0
Jimmy Reed (W, 3-2) halted the losing streak with a complete game shutout on Friday night. The southpaw tossed nine innings, scattering four hits without a walk. Reed struck out five en route to his third win of the year. The lefty hurler allowed four measly singles on the night and held the Threshers 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position.
McElroy finished the night with two hits and that all-important run scored.
May 23: Clearwater Threshers 3 at Palm Beach Cardinals 1
Despite leading the minor leagues in strikeouts, right-hander Alex Reyes (L, 1-4) dropped his team-leading fourth game of the season. The righty struggled, allowing three runs on six hits in 5 2/3 innings. Reyes fanned a season low four batters and walked two.
Reyes picked up his only win back on April 15.
For the third straight night, the Cardinals struggled at the plate, held to one run on six hits. Robelys Reyes led the way with two hits and an RBI.
May 24: Clearwater Threshers 3 at Palm Beach Cardinals 1
The offensive struggles continued on Sunday night for the Beach Birds. In the finale, the Cardinals were held to six hits and one run and dropped their second straight.
Herrera was the lone bright spot for the Beach Birds, recording two hits and scoring his squad’s only run.
Rob Kaminsky (L, 3-3) pitched well in a losing effort. The Cardinals’ 2013 first-round pick tossed 6 1/3 innings, allowing four hits, three runs, two earned with five strikeouts. He took a 1-0 lead into the seventh inning, but squandered it in the top of the frame.
May 25: Off Day
May 26: Palm Beach Cardinals at Tampa Yankees – postponed
The two clubs will play a doubleheader on Thursday, May 28th at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Wednesday morning’s game should be held as planned.
Offense, Offensive: In the last five games, the Cardinals have hit .199 (30-for-151) and scored a total of six runs. They have no home runs in that span and in fact, have not connected for a homer since May 18.
Pitching Dominance: On Friday night, the Cardinals recorded their eighth shutout of the season. The Cardinals lead the Florida State League in shutouts. Reed’s nine-inning shutout was the first complete game shutout of the FSL season.
Another Arm on the Way?: In news first reported by The Cardinal Nation, strong-armed outfielder Rowan Wick has put aside his .199 batting average and 40 percent strikeout rate in favor of a step back to extended spring training to become a pitcher.
May Gloom & Showers: The Cardinals have struggled during the month of May, tallying a league-worst 14 losses during that span.
Juanito Bonito: Juan Herrera is swinging a hot bat for the Cardinals. In his last five games, the shortstop is hitting .538 (7-for-13) with two runs scored. The 21-year-old has recorded nine hits in his last eight games.
Reed Recognized: The Florida State League announced Jimmy Reed as its Pitcher of the Week. The left-hander from Gaithersburg, MD tossed a complete game shutout on Friday, May 22 against the Clearwater Threshers. That was his second nine-inning complete game of the season and his first career shutout.
The transaction log looks especially busy this week, but a simpler version is that two fresh arms in Ian McKinney and Kender Villegas were added to the Palm Beach roster from extended spring training for a couple of days in place of relievers Cody Schumacher and Steve Sabatino. Then the moves were reversed.
5/18 RHP Cody Schumacher assigned to State College from Palm Beach
5/18 LHP Steve Sabatino assigned to State College from Palm Beach
5/18 LHP Ian McKinney assigned to Palm Beach from State College
5/18 RHP Kender Villegas assigned to Palm Beach from Johnson City
5/20 RHP Cody Schumacher assigned Palm Beach from Extended Spring Training
5/20 LHP Steve Sabatino assigned to Palm Beach from Extended
5/20 LHP Ian McKinney assigned to State College from Palm Beach
5/20 RHP Kender Villegas assigned to State College from Palm Beach
5/21 INF Jake Gronsky assigned to Palm Beach from GCL Cardinals
5/21 OF Rowan Wick assigned to State College from Palm Beach
5/22 OF Collin Radack assigned to Palm Beach from Peoria
On the Horizon
Weather permitting, the Cardinals will start their series with Tampa on Wednesday morning. After the four-game set with the Yankees, the Cardinals return home to host Charlotte (TB) and Jupiter (MIA).
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