The Palm Beach Cardinals could not
take advantage of unexpected power from Dan Nelson, as
Hopefully the Cards can use their off days of Monday and Tuesday (rain) and figure out how to win some more games next week.
8 - A blast to
dead center by Allen Craig (18) was the only highlight for the Cardinals, as
they were dominated by
Starter Adam Ottavino (9-7) gave up four runs on five hits, two of them being home runs. Relievers Robert Ransom and Donnie Smith faired no better, combining to give up nine runs, six earned, on three home runs.
Craig also added a RBI in the top of the sixth, driving in Danilo Sanchez on a line drive single to left.
Thursday, August 9 - Rare home runs from Brandon Yarbrough (fourth) and Dan Nelson (first) couldn't overcome suspect pitching as
the Cards lost to
Trey Hearne (4-10) saw his earned run average rise to a season high 6.59, as he gave up seven runs, five earned, on a whopping ten hits, in just six innings of work. Michael Cooper didn't stop the bleeding, but at least he slowed it down a little, giving up three runs in his two innings of work.
Friday, August 10 - Nelson continued his power
surge and Craig was his usual impressive self, as both went deep, helping the
Cards win at
Starter Brad Furnish (2-3) had a solid start, giving up three runs on five hits in his five innings of work. The Cards' bullpen had their best outing in almost a week. Scott Vander Weg, Jon Mikrut and Luke Gregerson combined to give up zero runs on just one hit in their combined three innings of relief.
Tyler Norrick (9-9) continued his struggles, giving up six runs on nine hits, raising his earned run average 3.81. Matt Trent and Smith were outstanding in relief, allowing zero runs and no hits in their combined two innings of work.
Sunday, August 12 – Nelson's strange power surge
continued, as he hit his third home run of the week and season as the Cards won
an exciting 5-4 contest over
With the score tied in the top of the ninth and Yarbrough on first, Chris Grossman ripped a double to right. Gorsett then came through with a looping fly ball single to right that drove in Yarbrough for what turned out to be the winning run.
Vander Weg (4-4) picked up the win, tossing two scoreless innings of relief and lowering his earned run average to 4.44. Closer Gregerson picked up his twenty-first save of the season, tossing a hitless bottom of the ninth.
Hot - Dan Nelson his three home runs this week, in what was one of the more unexpected power surges of the year.
Not – Jim Rapoport is hitting just .205 with no home runs, one run batted in and eight strikeouts in his last ten games.
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