Cardinals' bats awaken, thump Cubs 10-2

JUPITER, FL – Cody Haerther went 4 for 5 with a home run and four RBI and Brendan Ryan went 3 for 4 with two RBI as the Palm Beach Cardinals beat the Daytona Cubs 10-2 on Friday night at Roger Dean Stadium.

The Cardinals, who had lost the first two games of the series, came out swinging early. Scoring only one run the previous two games, the Cardinals jumped on Daytona starter Anderson Tavarez (0-4) with three runs in the first inning and three runs in the second.

The top of the first was highlighted by a Haerther triple that scored Anthony Monegan and Ryan who had each singled to start the frame. With Haerther on third base, Terry Evans walked. The Cardinals then executed a double steal as Evans swiped second, and on the throw, Haerther took home.

Matt Pagnozzi led off the bottom of the second with a single up the middle. Two out later with Pagnozzi on third, Ryan singled to right field to drive him home. Haerther (pictured) followed with an opposite field home run to left, his third of the year.

Cardinals' starter Charles Bechtel earned his first win of the season. Bechtel (1-2) allowed two runs (one earned) in five innings. Reliever Jose Garcia was masterful out of the bullpen, pitching a flawless three innings while striking out six. Mark Worrell pitched a hitless ninth in relief.

Cody Haerther finished a double shy of hitting for the cycle.

Playing in front of 3,980, the Cardinals avoided the sweep at the hands of the Cubs and moved to back to .500 (11-11) on the season. Palm Beach heads north for three games against the Brevard County Manatees, followed by three more against Daytona.

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