The Palm Beach Cardinals continue to struggle, tallying three wins in the week. With the promotions of Jimmy Reed and Bruce Caldwell, the Cardinals will need to rely on others to get them back on track in 2015.
May 27: Palm Beach Cardinals 4 at Tampa Yankees 1
In the midst of two-game losing streak and following back-to-back days off, the Cardinals finally got back on the win column on Thursday night. Trey Nielsen (W, 4-3) went seven innings, allowing one hit and one unearned run. He picked up his team leading fourth win of the season as he fanned six and walked one.
Chris Perry (S, 5) tossed two perfect innings to preserve the victory.
While Tampa was held to one hit and one run on the night, the Cardinals’ offense was clicking. The Cardinals scored four times on seven hits.
Newly-added Collin Radack went 2-for-3 with a run scored to lead all players.
May 28: Tampa Yankees 2, Palm Beach Cardinals 1 (12); Tampa Yankees 3, Palm Beach Cardinals 0
The Cardinals were swept by the Yankees on Thursday night. The Beach Birds were held to one run on 11 hits in the doubleheader by a tough Yankees’ pitching staff.
Palm Beach’s lone run came in the sixth inning of game one, as Mason Katz crushed his third homer of the season to knot it up at 1-1. However, it wasn’t enough as the Yankees took the first game on a walk-off homer surrendered by Corey Littrell.
The Cards dropped game two as well. Luke Weaver (L, 0-1) suffered the loss, allowing three runs on five hits in four innings.
May 29: Palm Beach Cardinals 3 at Tampa Yankees 1
Coming off his strongest performance of the season, Jimmy Reed (W, 4-2) delivered again. The lefty tossed seven scoreless innings, allowing zero runs on three hits to take the victory. Reed struck out five and didn’t walk a batter as he ran his scoreless streak to 16 innings. Reed has not allowed a run since May 16th.
Offensively, the Cardinals did just enough to split the series. Casey Turgeon went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, leading the way for the Cardinals. Katz added two hits and an RBI.
May 30: Palm Beach Cardinals 9, Charlotte Stone Crabs 7
It took two months and seven games, but the Cardinals finally beat the FSL South leading Stone Crabs for the first time in the 2015 season.
The Cardinals pushed across nine runs on 14 hits. C.J. McElroy led the way, going 3-for-4 with one run scored, a stolen base and two RBI. Turgeon added three more hits, as he collected his second straight multi-hit game. The third baseman upped his average to .625 while stealing his second base of the year.
In a game that featured MiLB Top 100 hurler Alex Reyes, runs were not hard to come by as both teams tallied over ten hits and threatened the ten-run mark. Reyes did fare well in his brief stint on the mound. The righty tossed three innings, allowing seven hits, one earned run and fanning four. It was Reyes second straight start in which he has not gone past the fourth inning.
May 31: Charlotte Stone Crabs 2 at Palm Beach Cardinals 0
The Cardinals were shut out for the second time this week as three Charlotte hurlers combined to complete the four-hit shutout. McElroy was the only Cardinal to collect multiple hits on the night.
Palm Beach’s offensive woes undid a great effort by Rob Kaminsky. The left-hander tossed six innings of scoreless baseball. He struck out five, walked two and allowed four hits on the night. Kaminsky took the no-decision as he left the game in 0-0 tie.
June 1: Charlotte Stone Crabs 2 at Palm Beach Cardinals 0
For the second straight night, the Stone Crabs shut down the Cardinals. Palm Beach mustered three hits and committed three errors to drop its second straight ball game.
Offensively the Cardinals struggled, but it was the defense that ultimately let the team down. Errors in the second inning and sixth innings allowed for two runs to score and give the Stone Crabs the game.
Nielsen (L, 4-4) took the loss despite pitching well. He went six innings, allowing four hits, two unearned runs with six strikeouts.
June 2: Jupiter Hammerheads 9 at Palm Beach Cardinals 7
From bad to worse, the Cardinals dropped their third straight contest and fell into a tie for last place in the South Division.
Jupiter scored seven runs on 18 hits as the Cardinals’ pitching staff struggled to get outs on Tuesday night. Corey Littrell (L, 1-6), who recently moved to the bullpen, allowed two runs on three hits in 2 1/3 innings to take the loss, his team-leading sixth of the season.
McElroy was the lone bright spot, going 3-for-4 with a stolen base.
McDouble McElroy: Not only is McElroy swinging a hot bat (.426) in his last week, he is swiping bags at a high pace. The outfielder is 4-for-4 in stolen bases in the last week. He has 19 in total, second in the FSL.
Dealing Nielsen: The right-hander is having a great week. In two starts, Nielsen is 1-1 with a 0.00 ERA, not allowing an earned run in over 15 innings. He fanned 12 and walked two while allowing five hits.
Reed Streaking: Jimmy Reed pushed his scoreless streak to 16 innings on Sunday night. The southpaw has not allowed an earned run since May 16.
Home Blues: The Cardinals continue to struggle at home. They are 9-15 at home and have lost three straight at the ‘Dean’.
Shutouts Not for Everyone: The Cardinals have been shut out a league worst nine times on the season. With their three scoreless games last week, the Cardinals now lead the league in his category by three games.
5/29 IF Casey Turgeon assigned to Palm Beach
5/29 UT Bruce Caldwell assigned to Springfield
5/30 RHP Jose Godoy assigned to Palm Beach
5/30 C Jose Gonzalez placed on the DL
6/1 IF Mason Katz placed on DL
6/1 IF Luke Voit assigned to State College
6/2 LHP Jimmy Reed assigned to Springfield
6/2 OF Cole Lankford assigned to Palm Beach
6/2 OF Derek Gibson assigned to Palm Beach
On the Horizon
The Cardinals finish off their three-game series with the Hammerheads on Wednesday night before they welcome in the St. Lucie Mets and Brevard County for a seven-game home stand.
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