Poor starting pitching and average hitting kept the Palm Beach Cardinals from winning more games this week. Overall, their 3-3 mark doesn't look that bad, but the Cards had a tough time putting together a complete game that combined hitting and pitching. On the bright side, the Cards were able to split their games this week, despite struggling as a team.
Wednesday - Game 1 – The Cardinals dropped the first game of a doubleheader to the Daytona Cubs by a score of 5-2. Starter Brad Furnish had a rough outing, striking out only one while walking four and scattering seven hits over just five innings.
Game 2 - Cards starter Trey Hearne tossed four shaky innings, giving up four runs on seven hits while striking out two, in the Cards 6-3 loss to the Cubs.
Jon Jay had a RBI single in the third, Nelson chipped in a sac fly in the same inning and Isaias Garcia hit a RBI double in the seventh. Chris Grossman had a hot night, going 2-for-3 with two doubles and raising his average to .478.
Thursday - Tyler Norrick got on track as he helped the Cards return to their winning ways on Thursday. Norrick went six innings and had all of his pitches working, striking out five batters and allowing only one run in the Cards' tight 3-2 victory.
The bullpen was equally impressive, as Jon Mikrut picked up the hold, striking out three of the six batters he faced. Luke Gregerson was solid in his one and two thirds innings of work and Donnie Smith pitched two hitless innings to pick up the victory.
It took Cardinal batters eleven innings, but they were able to keep the strong pitching performances from going to waste. In the bottom of the third, the Cards got on the board after Jim Rapoport ripped a line drive to right, driving in Garcia and tying the game at 1-1. Later in the same inning, the Cards took a 2-1 lead after a fielders' choice RBI by Nelson. The Cards caught a break in the eleventh, when Luke Gorsett hit a liner to right that was misplayed so poorly that Garcia was able to score the game-winning run all the way from first.
Friday - The Cards were unable to score enough runs to overcome another poor outing by a Cardinal starter. The Cards lost 6-3 on Friday, as starter Eddie Degerman gave up four runs in five innings.
The Cards' best inning was the top of the sixth as they were able to score two runs after loading the bases. Donovan Solano scored after Jay was hit by a pitch and later in the same inning, Grossman drove in Rapoport on a fielders' choice.
Saturday - Adam Ottavino tossed five solid innings to help the Cards win 4-3 at St. Lucie. Ottavino went five allowing only three runs and he was relieved by Smith who pitched one inning of hitless relief. Smith was replaced in the seventh by Jon Mikrut, who pitched two innings allowing no runs. Finally, Gregerson picked up his twentieth save of the season pitching a scoreless ninth.
The Cards scored all of their runs in the top of the second, aided by poor fielding by the Mets. Yarbrough scored after the shortstop kicked the ball away. Later in the same inning, Gorsett came to bat with the Cards leading 1-0, and laced a double to left center putting the Cards up 3-0.
Monday - Gregerson pitched a scoreless ninth and picked up the victory after a game winning blast to left by Luke Gorsett.
The Cards' 6-5 win was highlighted by Gorsett, but many of the Cardinal batters got in on the action. Van Slyke had an impressive three doubles and two runs batted in, and Yarbrough and Rapoport each had triples as Cardinal batters were all over the Cubs pitching.
Hearne made his second start of the week, and he faired a little better on Monday. Hearne went five innings, giving up four runs, two earned, while striking out four. The bullpen continued their strong week as Smith, Mikrut and Gregerson combined to allow one run in four innings of relief.
Hot - Outfielder Luke Gorsett had two game-winning at bats this week and in his last ten games he is hitting .297 with one home run and five RBI's.
Not - This week Trey Hearne was 0-1 and allowed twelve hits and eight runs in nine innings of work.
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