April 25, 2005 - JUPITER, FL – Brendan Ryan went 2 for 4 with a home run and Cory Doyne pitched two scoreless innings out of the bullpen as the Palm Beach Cardinals defeated the Brevard County Manatees 9-5 on Monday night at Roger Dean Stadium.
Brendan Ryan's home run, his first of the season, cleared the left field wall in the bottom of the first to give the Cardinals the early lead. The score remained the same until the top of the sixth when the Manatees score five times with the benefit of five hits, an error, and a passed ball.
The Cardinals in the late innings though, scoring two runs in the sixth, one in the seventh, and four times in the eighth.
The Cardinals scored their run in the sixth courtesy of a opposite field triple by Cody Haerther, scoring Ryan who had singled with one out in the inning, and a single by Matt Dryer, scoring Haerther.
In the seventh, catcher Matt Pagnozzi singled to lead off the inning. Calvin Hayes followed with a double advancing Pagnozzi to third, and Mike McCoy drove Pagnozzi home with a single to right field to tie the game 5-5.
The Cards put the game away in the eighth inning. Ty Parker led off the four-run rally with a ground rule double to right, which was followed by a walk to Terry Evans. Then in what may have been the most pivotal play of the game, John Santor lay down a perfect sacrifice bunt with two strikes, advancing the runners into scoring position. The runs eventually scored on a wild pitch by Manatees' reliever Nic Slack, a double by Hayes, and a single by Ryan.
Cardinals' starter Tyler Adamczyk did not factor in the decision, but pitched well until the sixth inning, when he gave up all five of Brevard County's runs. Cory Doyne (1-0) pitched effectively in the eighth and ninth to earn his first win of the season. In eight innings of work for the Cardinals, Doyne is yet to allow an earned run.
The rubber game of the series is tomorrow night at 6:35. The Cardinals welcome the Daytona Cubs for the first time this season with a three-game series beginning Wednesday night.