(PB) Cardinals lose 14-5 to (VB) Dodgers


April 12, 2005 - JUPITER, FL – The Vero Beach Dodgers started their scoring early and never looked back. In an offensive attack led by Justin Ruggiano, who went 3 for 5 with two home runs and three RBI, the Dodgers pounded out 14 runs on 16 hits against Palm Beach at Roger Dean Stadium on Tuesday night.

After retiring the first batter of the game on a groundout, first-time starter Charles Bechtel (0-1) gave up a walk to Vero Beach shortstop Chin-Lung Hu, followed by hits to Trey Dyson, Andy LaRoche, and Anthony Raglani. The Dodgers ended up with four runs in the first.

After the Cardinals answered in the bottom of the first with a run-scoring sacrifice fly by Cody Haerther, the Dodgers regained the momentum with Ruggiano's first home run of the night in the top of the second. To start the third, the Dodgers recorded six consecutive hits to chase Bechtel from the game. Vero Beach first baseman Cory Dunlap, hitless in 14 at bats this season entering tonight, finished 3 for 5 with three doubles and three RBI.

There were few bright spots for the Cardinals. Trailing 12-5 entering the bottom of the 7th, Palm Beach rallied for four runs in the frame, highlighted by a base-clearing double by third baseman Matt Dryer.

Dodgers' starter Charles Tiffany (2-0) was sharp for his second straight outing. Over five innings, Tiffany surrendered just one run and four hits, while striking out eight. The Cardinals hitters managed just three groundball outs all night – all other outs came via the strikeout or fly out.

Calvin Hayes, Brenden Ryan, and Ty Parker each had two hits apiece for Palm Beach.

The rubber game of the series will feature St. Louis Cardinals' starter Matt Morris against Los Angeles Dodger Brad Penny. The game is slated for a 10:35 a.m. start.

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